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Lichens of High Park: Discover the "Corals" of the Forest
Join us to learn all about lichens of High Park - how to ID them, and their uses in science, medicine, food, and space!
Winter Clubs Registration
Registration for our winter clubs is now open!
Urban Naturalists
Get outside this winter by joining Urban Naturalists: our adult nature club! Registration is now open!
Fireskills & Storytelling Teambuilding Program
Build community and naturalist skills through investigating the role of fire in our lives through storytelling & hands-on engagement
Adult & Corporate Teambuilding Programs
Offer your group a way to connect with nature right inside the city. Participate in stewardship activities, learn new skills & have fun!
Family Nature Walks
Guided walks this fall & winter are happening on Saturdays. Click here for the full calendar of walks!
Birthday Parties
Our nature-themed birthday parties at our cottage location are hands-on & environmentally friendly. Click here for more details.


Upcoming Events

Feb
1
By Donation
1:30 PM
Though most birds adapt to the winter by flying to warmer places, some are super tough and hang out as residents all winter long! Join us for a winter wander to look for, listen to and help out some of our winter bird friends. Learn about the unique physical and behavioural adaptations that enable birds to survive in the winter.

Feb
1
$20
6:00 PM
Saturday, February 1, 2020 6:00 -8:00 pm, 7:00 - 9:00 pm or 8:00-10:00 pm (adult prowl, for ages 18+) This year live owls and experts from the Mountsberg Raptor Centre will lead the indoor portion of our event, so you are guaranteed to see an owl. After the presentation each family or friend group will dissect an owl pellet. Then we'll go for a walk in the woods in hopes of hearing the calls of the great horned owls in the park. Hoot! Hoot! $20/person (20% discount if you purchase 3 tickets using coupon code SCREECH). Children 3 and under are free.

Feb
8
By Donation
1:30 PM
We can all be nature detectives! Tracking expands our awareness and teaches us how to read the landscape like a book by tuning into the "stories" left behind by animals, people and even weather. Tracking is an ancient science that humans once depended upon for survival. Join us for a wander through High Park to read the stories of the day left behind by our other-than-human friends.

Feb
22
Regular: $67 Seniors: $49
12:30 PM
Lichens are composite organisms comprised of a fungus and photosynthesizing partner, which is usually an alga, but it can also be a cyanobacterium, or both! Like ocean coral, this unique relationship results in a wide variety of rich colours, diverse forms, and they are sensitive to pollution. Their intolerance to air pollution means you will not see them in many areas of Toronto, but you will in High Park, which acts as a refuge for these sensitive species. Join us to learn about the ecological function of lichens and their uses in science, medicine, food, and space! There will be a presentation, field time, and lab time in the Nature Centre learning how to identify species in the park. Please bring a hand lens and a dissecting/stereo microscope if you have one. Hand lenses will also be provided. A key to the lichens in the region will also be provided and regional field guides will be available for purchase. The hike will be moderate in length and difficulty.



Feb
29
By Donation
1:30 PM
Come explore High Park’s “Sleeping Skeletons” such as our majestic Oaks, hardy Maples and whimsical Willows. Learn how to ID trees during their winter dormancy by studying their buds, twigs and bark.

Mar
14
By Donation
1:30 PM
On the wander we'll go over the basics of how to use a map and compass and work together to take part in a multi-step scavenger hunt, looking for signs of spring along the way!

Mar
29
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 experience the woodlands and ravines with all of our senses to better understand our local ecology. Meeting Location TBC
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