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Upcoming Events

Oct
23
$10
1:30 PM
From the golden Sassafras leaves to the crimson hues of the Red Maples, High Park trees are stunning in the autumn.  Join us to learn why most deciduous trees “decide” to lose their leaves every winter and why most conifers keep their needles.  We’ll also delve into the science behind the hidden colours which are revealed in leaves during the fall and the reasons why we suggest not raking your whole yard.  We might even find a giant leaf pile to jump in!

Oct
24
Free
1:00 PM
Air moves through us and all around us as wind, cloud and mist. Wind is constant change. Wind moves (the) Maple trees bringing flow to the sap. Wind carries Feathers from beings who see us from the greater perspective of sky. Leaves, thoughts, and words are carried on the wind as the seasons change and people huddle together to form loving community. Winds interact with and support other elemental energies. Winds form languages, shape tree branches; winds of change push us to live in a good way - in universal 'right relations'. As we survive the pandemic we think about breath as stigmatized and carrying the virus. We have a hard time taking a breath or hearing each other's words. We need to be Free to Breathe. Join Taiaiako'n Historical Preservation and the High Park Nature Centre as we liberate our breath with cultural sharings and teachings from the natural world. Many of us have been making and decorating our own masks and artists are picking up on this social phenomenon. Working creatively with masks at the Air is Life event will be part of our activation/ceremony. Please bring a mask for re-purposing, doodads, thread, sequins and other delights to fashion and re-create beautiful masks that promote a beautiful reclaiming of the breath. We will supply Cedar Tea and natural art supplies. Thank you to TD Park People Grants for resourcing this event. Text written by Kim Jackson & Tammaro

Oct
29
$15
6:00 PM
This all outdoor event will begin with a lantern lit night hike through the woodlands. We'll stop to learn the not-so-scary truth about owls, bones, bats and zombie trees. Finish off the night by warming up around our campfire. We will provide roasting sticks for everyone and you are welcome to bring whatever it is you would like to roast. Fun for all ages! Costumes are optional. $15/person (receive 20% off when you purchase 3 or more tickets using coupon code SPOOKY) Children 3 and under are free but must be registered to ensure we do not exceed 25 participants. Tickets are non-refundable unless the Nature Centre cancels the event, in which case you will receive a full refund. Covid Notes: This event is an outdoor rain or shine event so please dress for the weather.

Oct
30
$10
1:30 PM
Parasites! When we think of parasites, we may think of scary microscopic critters or blood-sucking worms – but what else in nature is considered a “parasite”? Did you know that cowbirds are parasites of other birds? Or that certain wildflowers are considered parasitic to other plants? There are many symbiotic relationships that exist between organisms in nature, all of which can be considered good or bad, depending on which perspective you look at. Join us as we explore the curious world of parasitism, mutualism, and commensalism!



Nov
6
$55
1:00 PM
Please join us for a delightful afternoon of printmaking! In this 3 hour workshop you'll learn how to make original handmade prints using native tree leaves found in High Park. Each participant will take home six beautiful prints, plus the knowledge of how to set up your printmaking workspace at home. All materials are provided. It's highly recommended that you wear old clothes or bring an apron. Beginners welcome.

Nov
13
$10
1:30 PM
Escape the hustle and bustle of the city for a relaxing afternoon in High Park! Join us for a serene autumn walk and explore what it means to be mindful in nature - stretch into animal forms, unwind and experience sit spots and try your hand at nature journaling.

Nov
20
$10
1:30 PM
Come and explore the beautiful wetlands surrounding the majestic Grenadier, Toronto's largest pond! We'll sharpen our senses for the chance to notice waterfowl, turtles, frogs, muskrats and other pond-dwellers!

Nov
27
$10
1:30 PM
Do you know how woodpeckers can tap on trees without hurting their brains? Or how salamanders communicate to their family members through smell? Join us to learn amazing physical and behavioural adaptations of some of High Park’s resident animals! We’ll also teach you some tracking skills so you can search for animal evidence and hopefully spot some of these amazing creatures.
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