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Landscape Drawing in the High Park Savannah
Join artist Alan Li on June 17 for an afternoon of drawing in High Park's rare Black Oak Savannah! Early bird pricing ends May 27!
Summer Adult Workshops
Learn about plants and insects this summer with Richard Aaron and David D'Entremont!
Dawn Chorus
Join us at the crack of dawn for a birding hike! May 19, 5 AM - 7 AM. This event is free and there will be coffee!
Family Nature Walks
Guided walks on 6 spring Saturdays, 1:30 - 3 PM. The next walk is on May 19.


Upcoming Events

May
24
$50 Early Bird
6:30 PM
It's called birdwatching, but it should be called bird-listening! Birds of all kinds are known for their incredible songs and calls, and birding by ear is a sure way to find and appreciate all sorts of bird life that aren't obvious to the eye. Learn the basics of birding by ear and all about the common bird songs and calls of High Park. In this workshop we will cover: Different types of bird vocalizations (songs, calls, chips), as well as what they are for and how they help birds communicate; The main types and categories of bird songs; The common bird songs heard in High Park and beyond; Tips and tricks for distinguishing between similar songs. The hike is moderate in difficulty. 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 the Spring Songbirds workshop is: June 2nd, 7:00 - 9:00 AM. Cost (for full workshop): Part 1: May 24th, 6:30 - 8:30 PM, IndoorsPart 2: May 26th, 7:00 - 9:00 AM, Outdoors $50 Early Bird (Must register at least three weeks in advance - May 3)$60 Regular$44 Seniors (age 60+)For more information about this workshop and our policies, please click here.

May
26
$50 Early Bird
7:00 AM
This is the second portion of our two-part workshop.  It's called birdwatching, but it should be called bird-listening! Birds of all kinds are known for their incredible songs and calls, and birding by ear is a sure way to find and appreciate all sorts of bird life that aren't obvious to the eye. Learn the basics of birding by ear and all about the common bird songs and calls of High Park. In this workshop we will cover: Different types of bird vocalizations (songs, calls, chips), as well as what they are for and how they help birds communicate; The main types and categories of bird songs; The common bird songs heard in High Park and beyond; Tips and tricks for distinguishing between similar songs. The hike is moderate in difficulty. 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 the Spring Songbirds workshop is: June 2nd, 7:00 - 9:00 AM. Cost (for full workshop): Part 1: May 24th, 6:30 - 8:30 PM, Indoors Part 2: May 26th, 7:00 - 9:00 AM, Outdoors $50 Early Bird (Must register at least three weeks in advance - May 3)$60 Regular$44 Seniors (age 60+)For more information about this workshop and our policies, please click here.

Jun
9
By donation
1:30 PM
See High Park through the eyes of young naturalists. The 12-16 year olds of the High Park's Eagles Youth have been busily creating an engaging and informative hike to teach you about some of the coolest nature in 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.

Jun
17
$45 Early Bird
2:00 PM
Enjoy a nature-filled afternoon in High Park drawing the stunning Black Oak Savannah. Participants will learn the fundamentals of landscape composition and classic drawing techniques using dry media, while finding inspiration in the natural surroundings. Each student will receive individual attention from art instructor Alan Li. Beginners are welcome! The hike is moderate in difficulty.  Materials extra - please bring the following:  HB & 2B artist quality graphite pencils (eg. Faber-Castell, Staedtler)Gray putty eraser and pencil sharpener9 x 12 inch drawing pad or sketchbook with relatively smooth paper that’s heavy (110 lb)Folding chair or stool, sun hat, water, and nut-free snacksOptional: Charcoal or Conte CrayonsInclement 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 the Landscape Drawing workshop is: June 24th, 2:00 - 5:00 PM. Cost: $45 Early Bird (Must register at least three weeks in advance - May 27)$50 Regular$39 Seniors (age 60+)For more information about this workshop and our policies, please click here.



Jun
23
By donation
1:30 PM
Learn about the plants and animals in High Park from the young naturalists of the High Park Rangers group! We will explore woodlands and black oak savannah habitats to learn fascinating facts and connect with the nature surrounding us.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.

Jul
12
$40 early bird
6:00 PM
While interacting with the plant world is typically a safe pastime, in this workshop you will be introduced to a select group of High Park plants that can cause harm to humans. The first two hours will be spent outdoors getting acquainted with these potentially harmful species, with the final hour devoted to an enlightening slideshow presentation discussing other plants in the GTA to avoid. Your instructor will be Richard Aaron, a popular naturalist and educator who has done many programs for the Nature Centre over the years.  In this workshop, you will: - be shown plants in High Park to avoid- find out what sort of risk each of these plants poses- become enlightened about other harmful plants found in the GTA- discuss various folk & modern remedies The outdoor component of this workshop will take place entirely on High Park trails that are considered moderate in length and terrain. Fee:  $40 Early Bird (Must register at least three weeks in advance) $45 Regular $33 Seniors (age 60+) For more information about this workshop and our policies, please visit our Adult Workshops page.

Jul
28
$50 early bird
1:00 PM
Join David d’Entremont as he dives into a whirlwind tour of the Odonata – the amazing and ancient group of flying insects that includes Dragonflies and Damselflies. Learn about Dragonfly and Damselfly biology, anatomy, and identification, and then pull on your hiking boots as we venture out into High Park to see what species can be found nearby. Fee:  $50 Early Bird (Must register at least three weeks in advance)$60 Regular$44 Seniors (age 60+) For more information about this workshop and our policies, please visit our Adult Workshops page.

Aug
9
$40 early bird
6:00 PM
Contrary to popular belief, weeds, those pariahs of the plant world, are actually quite fascinating. This workshop will consider weeds from an uncommon perspective – that of a naturalist. We will consider what weeds are, look at their amazing survival skills, ponder some of the behaviours that have garnered them a bad rep, and celebrate the ways many weeds can be used. By the end of this workshop, you might even gain some respect for these botanical outcasts. Your instructor will be Richard Aaron, a popular naturalist and educator who has done many programs for the Nature Centre over the years.  In this workshop, you will: -learn what a weed is (there are several definitions)-find out how weeds got here & how they spread -discover what makes weeds so successful-identify dozens of weed species growing in High Park-discover some of their uses (edible, medicinal, etc.) -learn about the detrimental effects of weedsThis workshop will take place entirely outdoors on High Park trails that are considered moderate in length and terrain. Fee:  $40 Early Bird (Must register at least three weeks in advance) $45 Regular $33 Seniors (age 60+) For more information about this workshop and our policies, please visit our Adult Workshops page.
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