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Winter Clubs registration will open on Thursday, November 8 at 7AM! Check out dates and times now to be prepared!
Urban Naturalists
Looking to spend more time in nature this winter? Join our adult nature club! Registration will open on Thursday, November 8 at 7AM!
Fall Adult Workshops
From autumn tree drawing to learning identification of plants and birds there is something for everyone!
Family Nature Walks
Guided walks coming up this fall, every other Saturday at 1:30 - 3 PM. Click here for the full calendar of walks!


Upcoming Events

Oct
20
By donation
1:30 PM
From the golden Sassafras leaves to the crimson hues of the Red Maples, High Park trees are stunning in the autumn. Join us to learn why most deciduous trees “decide” to lose their leaves every winter and why most conifers keep their needles. We’ll also delve into the science behind the hidden colours which are revealed in leaves during the fall and the reasons why we suggest not raking your whole yard. We might even find a giant leaf pile to jump in!This event is great for all ages – bring the whole family! No pre-registration necessary, this is a drop-in event. Suggested donation of $2-$5 per person. Meet at: High Park Nature Centre located at 375 Colborne Lodge Dr. For more information, check out our Family Nature Walks page

Oct
21
$45 early bird
1:00 PM
This workshop is designed for nature artists and tree enthusiasts! With the skilled instruction of botanical artist Nellie Sue Potter, you will learn techniques for drawing trees and tree parts. We will be outdoors, drawing trees, weather permitting. If it rains, we will be inside, drawing tree specimens such as leaves, tree fruit, bark and other tree treasures found in High Park in mid-September. This course is suitable for all levels. Workshop Fee:  $50 Early Bird (Must register at least three weeks in advance)  $60 Regular  $44 Seniors (age 60+) Cancellation Policies Requests for refunds made 14 or more days before the start of the program will receive a 90% refund (10% will be retained as an administration fee).  Requests for refunds made less than 14 days before the start of the program will receive no refund.  Requests for cancellations or refunds must be made in writing and submitted to the High Park Nature Centre at naturecentre@highpark.org. Please note, the High Park Nature Centre may cancel any event if the minimum number of participants is not achieved 14 days prior to the start of the workshop.  We would notify registered participants of cancellation at that time and provide a full refund.

Oct
26
$10 and $15 (Late Night)
6:00 PM
Halloween Howl is back! Explore the haunting side of nature at our “Halloween Howl” night hike. This walk through the woodlands will lead to lots of creepy nature spots to learn the not-so-scary truth about bats, spiders, toads, gnomes and decomposers. Finish off the night by warming up around a campfire. Fun for all ages! Costumes are recommended but not required. Don't forget to bring a glass jar to make your own lantern!For a more haunting experience join us for our first ever Late Night Halloween Howl (18 years and older). Use your sense to debunk common myths about the supposed spooky creatures of High Park and enjoy a late night hike through the dark. How do owls hunt and eat their prey? Are wasps our friends or foes? What do bugs taste like? Join us on October 26 to find out!

Oct
26
$15
8:00 PM
For a more haunting experience join us for our first ever Late Night Halloween Howl (18 years and older). Use your sense to debunk common myths about the supposed spooky creatures of High Park and enjoy a late night hike through the dark. How do owls hunt and eat their prey? Are wasps our friends or foes? What do bugs taste like? Join us on October 26 to find out!



Oct
27
$50 early bird
2:00 PM
Are you interested in the fascinating world of fungi? Do you want to learn how to identify mushrooms in the field?  Join mycologist, Melanie Croydon-Sugarman this fall to learn about High Park’s marvelous mycology! In this naturalist workshop, we will learn: The basics of mushroom identification using keys and field guidesThe important ecological roles that fungi play in forestsThe many species of mushrooms that can be found in High ParkThis workshop will include an indoor presentation followed by a guided hike through High Park to look for mushrooms and other fungi, practice ID skills, and explore the links between mushrooms and trees in the field.  This workshop is open to all those with an interest in mushrooms, with no prior experience needed. The hike will be approximately 2 hours in length, and of moderate difficulty.Workshop Fee:$50 Early Bird (Must register at least three weeks in advance)$60 Regular$44 Seniors (age 60+)Inclement Weather Date: At the discretion of the workshop leader, the outdoor portion of this workshop may need to be rescheduled due to severe weather such as a snowstorm, freezing rain, extreme cold alert or high winds. In this situation, the Nature Centre will email participants at least one and half hours prior to the program start time. The rescheduled Inclement Weather date for this workshop is: Sunday, October 28th, 2:00 - 6:00 PM.Cancellation Policies Requests for refunds made 14 or more days before the start of the program will receive a 90% refund (10% will be retained as an administration fee).  Requests for refunds made less than 14 days before the start of the program will receive no refund.  Requests for cancellations or refunds must be made in writing and submitted to the High Park Nature Centre at naturecentre@highpark.org. Please note, the High Park Nature Centre may cancel any event if the minimum number of participants is not achieved 14 days prior to the start of the workshop.  We would notify registered participants of cancellation at that time and provide a full refund.

Oct
27
$10
6:00 PM
Halloween Howl is back! Explore the haunting side of nature at our “Halloween Howl” night hike. This walk through the woodlands will lead to lots of creepy nature spots to learn the not-so-scary truth about bats, spiders, toads, gnomes and decomposers. Finish off the night by warming up around a campfire. Fun for all ages! Costumes are recommended but not required. Don't forget to bring a glass jar to make your own lantern!

Oct
28
$3 per Pumpkin
4:00 PM
Come carve a pumpkin and set it afloat with other ghoulish gourds!  Meet at the wading pool in the northwest corner of High Park, just west of the main entrance to High Park at Bloor Street West and High Park Avenue. Proceeds will send a class from a high needs school on a field trip to the High Park Nature Centre this fall!! Volunteers are needed for this event! Contact sebastian@highpark.org if interested.

Nov
3
By donation
1:30 PM
Plants have developed many amazing strategies to spread their seeds, such as being hitchhikers, tummy travellers or wind dancers! Join us on a walk to look for as many seedy specimens as we can find and marvel about the variety of ways seeds can travel through High Park.This event is great for all ages – bring the whole family! No pre-registration necessary, this is a drop-in event. Suggested donation of $2-$5 per person. Meet at: High Park Nature Centre located at 375 Colborne Lodge Dr. For more information, check out our Family Nature Walks page
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