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Field Trips Fall
Sensing Fall

Kindergarten – Grade 1

September – November

Discover fall’s seasonal changes using your eyes, ears, nose, fingers, even your tongue, as well as your sense of wonder!  Students will go on a hike through High Park’s woodlands and savannah to activate their senses and tune into autumn in the park.

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Busy Little Squirrels

Kindergarten – Grade 1

September – December

How do squirrels survive the winter? Come explore explore Toronto's seasonal changes through the eyes of a squirrel! Get busy collecting seeds, hiding from hawks, counting squirrel dreys and activate your squirrel senses!

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Nuts About Seeds

Kindergarten – Grade 6

September – October

Search for native plant seeds and experience the rich diversity of the nationally rare black oak savannah habitat! Learn about seed dispersal, collect acorns, make and toss seed balls and discover how plants and animals prepare for the winter.

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Changing of the Leaves

Kindergarten – Grade 6

October – second week of November

Enjoy beautiful fall colours right in the heart of our big city! Students will learn how to identify trees by their leaves and discover the beauty of the changing colours through science and discovery.

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Savannah Stewards

Kindergarten – Grade 6

September – October

Did you know that High Park is home to one of North America’s most endangered ecosystems? Students will learn about the web of life in the park’s remnant black oak savannah and the importance of environmental stewardship while planting native wildflowers and grasses to help restore this unique and beautiful habitat.

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Fall Into Winter

Grade 2 – Grade 3 

November – December

As the temperature drops and days become shorter, the plants and animals of High Park prepare for winter in many fascinating ways! Participants will learn who migrates, who hibernates and who has amazing adaptations that allow them to stay put and survive a Canadian winter.

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Marvellous Mud!

Grade 2 – 4

September – November

Explore the muddy world beneath your feet! Discover the “recipe” for dirt and learn about which animals help to create it. Students will mix soil and water to make mud, look for mud on the trails and around the pond and play games to learn about the importance of soil in the food chain.

With lots of games and hiking, this play based program is ideal for high energy groups.

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Screech and Hoot

Grade 2 – 6

Setpember - June (program runs throughout the year)

Learn about High Park’s owl species, explore the unique adaptations of these nocturnal birds of prey and dissect sterilized owl pellets to discover what owls eat for their midnight snack! On a nature hike, learn about owl behaviour and search for owl homes and food sources.

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Grade 2 – growth and change in animals

Grade 4 – habitats and communities

Grade 6 – biodiversity

Down in the Dirt

Grade 3 – 6

September – October

Explore the world beneath your feet! Discover the “recipe” for soil and learn about the vital role that decomposers play in the food chain. Students will collect and compare soil samples to investigate the properties of soil.

This exploration based program is ideal for groups who are ready for collecting and analyzing data as well as reading and writing.

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Pond Study

Grade 4 – 8

September – second week of October

Explore Toronto’s Largest Pond and find it’s tiny inhabitants! Students will investigate and grade the health of High Park’s Grenadier Pond through invertebrate catching and habitat study.

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Urban Biodiversity: Animal Life in the City

Grade 4 – 6

September - June (program runs throughout the year)

Even in the middle of a big city, wild animals can find everything they need to survive – sometimes, they just need to be creative! Discover the incredible diversity of animals that live in Toronto’s largest urban park and how they travel, find food, communicate with each other and make homes for the winter.

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Orienteering

Grade 4 – 8

September – June (program runs through out the year)

Learn how to find your way through High Park using a map and compass to orient yourself. Students will practice their skills by following an orienteering course that highlights the diversity of plants and animals in the park’s woodland and savannah habitats.

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Buckthorn Busters

Grade 6 – 8

September – October (no exceptions)

Students will learn to identify and control the invasive species that threaten the health of High Park’s woodland and savannah habitats. Participants will get their hands dirty removing buckthorn shrubs and planting native wildflowers in their stead or by making and tossing seed balls in the savannah.

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Comparing Ecosystems

Grade 7/8

September – October

Students will investigate and compare the biotic and abiotic features of High Park’s woodland and black oak savannah ecosystems, while looking for the effects of human impacts.

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Know Your Forest

Grade 7/8

September - June (program runs through out the year)

Get to know High Park’s Woodlands and ecological principles of forestry. Students will identify native and invasive trees, learn about forest succession and investigate for signs of old growth as well as human impacts.

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