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Wonderful Winter

Kindergarten & Grade 1

January – March

Nothing beats the chill of winter better than a nature hike in High Park! Have fun exploring the wonders of winter, from snowflakes to discovering how plants, animals and birds survive by changing the way they look, eat and live during the winter.

Ontario Curriculum links:

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





Charming Chickadees

Kindergarten & Grade 1

January – March

Chick-a-dee-dee-dee! Students will learn about a day in the life of a chickadee and help these cheerful little birds survive the winter by creating pine cone bird feeders to hang in the park.

Please let the Nature Centre know at the time of booking of any severe peanut or tree nut allergies.

Ontario Curriculum links:

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





Tracks and Tales

Kindergarten – Grade 6

January – March

Read tales in the snow by learning how to identify and interpret animal tracks! Students will find out how animals have adapted to survive the winter, learn about animal characteristics and encounter and decipher clues made by creatures while hiking in the park.

Please let the Nature Centre at the time of booking of any severe peanut or tree nut allergies.

Ontario Curriculum links:

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

Grade 2 – growth and change in animals

Grade 3 – growth and change in plants

Grade 4 – habitats and communities

Grade 6 – biodiversity





Flocks and Hawks

Grade 2 – 6

January – March

Follow a flock of chickadees, nuthatches, cardinals and woodpeckers and search the sky for soaring hawks. Students will learn about bird adaptations for winter survival, unique characteristics, their winter diets and create pine cone bird feeders to hang in the park.

Please let the Nature Centre know at the time of booking of any severe peanut or tree nut allergies.

Ontario Curriculum links:

Grade 2 – growth and change in animals

Grade 4 – habitats and communities

Grade 6 – biodiversity




Snowshoeing

Grade 2 – 8

January – March

Explore the winter wonders of High Park while discovering the ancient art of snowshoeing. Learn the history of snowshoeing, learn basic techniques and then go on an ecology-themed snowshoe hike. Choose one theme for your class hike: Winter Birds, Animal Tracks and Homes, Trees and Plants or Snow Science.

*This program will run only when ample snow is available. At time of booking, please also select alternate program.

Ontario Curriculum links: 

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

Grade 2 – growth and change in animals

Grade 3 – growth and change in plants

Grade 4 – habitats and communities

Grade 6 – biodiversity

Grade 7 – interactions in the environment




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.

Ontario Curriculum links:

Grade 2 – growth and change in animals

Grade 4 – habitats and communities

Grade 6 – biodiversity




Tree-mendous Winter Trees

Grade 2 – 6

January – March

Discover the trees of High Park and learn how they survive the winter months. Participants will determine how to identify trees in the winter, taste pine needles and learn how plants and animals depend on each other for survival.

Ontario Curriculum links:

Grade 2 – growth and change in animals

Grade 3 – growth and change in plants

Grade 4 – habitats and communities

Grade 6 – biodiversity




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.

Ontario Curriculum links: 




Orienteering

Grade 4 – 8

January – March

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

Ontario Curriculum links:

Grade 4 – habitats and communities

Grade 6 – biodiversity

Grade 8 – water systems




Know Your Forest

Grade 7 – 8

January – March

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.

Ontario Curriculum links: Grade 7 – interactions in the environment





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