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Field Trips Spring
Sensing the Savannah

KG-Grade 1

From May - June

Warm up your five senses and go on a hands-on, sensory nature hike through the park’s woodlands and black oak savannah. This program includes a planting component.

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Butterflies and Buddies

KG - Grade 1

Explore the life of a butterfly and learn about native wildflowers that attract and feed butterflies in High Park. If there is sun we will look for butterflies and their buddies, if there is rain we will look for butterflies' buddies.

This program includes a planting component.

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Signs of Spring

Kindergarten – Grade 2

April – May

Celebrate the awakening of spring in High Park through your senses! Students will search for signs of spring: hungry hibernators waking up, migrating birds returning to nest, and the earliest of plants and the rainbows of colour returning to High Park on this imaginative hike program.

Ontario Curriculum links:

Grade 1 – needs and characteristics of living things; daily and seasonal changes

Grade 2 – growth and change in animals




Migration Celebration!

Grade 1 – 6

Last week of April – May

Discover the incredible feats of migration as birds return from their wintering grounds to nest in Canadian forests. Discover why High Park is an important natural area for spring migrants, go on a bird watching hike and play bird identification games.

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Savannah Stewards

Grade 2 - 8

April - June

Students will learn about environmental stewardship by helping to restore the black oak savannah.

After May 21, this program includes a planting component.

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Bugology

Grade 2- 8

From mid-May - June

Is a bug an insect? What makes an insect an insect? Where do spiders fit in? Students will catch, observe and identify various invertebrates in the savannah.

This program includes a planting component.

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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

September - 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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Wild Flower Wonders

Grade 2- 8

From mid-May - June

Learn about wildflowers and pollination in High Park and make seed balls to distribute in the savannah.

This program includes a planting component.

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Down in the Dirt

Grade 3 – 4

Third week of April – June

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

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Urban Biodiversity: Urban 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

April – June

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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Pond Study

Grade 4 – 8

Last week of April – June

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

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Comparing Ecosystems

Grade 7/8

April – June

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.

Ontario Curriculum links:

Grade 7 – interactions in the environment




Know Your Forest

Grade 7/8

April – June

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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