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Registration is now open for Knee-High Naturalists, Raccoons & Coyotes online, and Knee-High Naturalists and Waddlers in-person!
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NEW online courses for adults - build skills and connect with nature from home! Topics include birding, fungi, and nature journaling!


Upcoming Events

Jul
14
$50 for the whole family*
7:00 PM
Limited to 16 families or individuals! Join Emily Beaton and Jon Hayes for a family-friendly online “Bat Chat” to discover the secret lives of the only flying mammals. We will explore how bats do the amazing things they do, play some bat trivia, learn how to use bat detectors and explore all of our batty questions. What do bats really eat? Are bats blind? How many species of bats are in Toronto? How do bats help us and what can we do to help bats? This amazing opportunity includes a 1 week rental of a Magenta 4 Bat Detector that you can use to search for and hear bats in your neighbourhood. What to do: Register for the Bat Chat belowPick up a bat detector at a scheduled time from the Nature Centre to use for the week Participate in the online Bat Chat Detect bats in your neighbourhood throughout the weekReturn the bat detector one week later after pick-up *We will charge a $130 bat detector replacement fee for bat detectors that are not returned 7 days after the bat chat. **When registering you do not need to list every person attending - simply register for one adult and the entire household can participate.

Jul
15
By donation
1:00 PM
This week, our special guests will be Khadoni Pitt-Chambers and Haya Aldoori! Outside of their work on the High Park Nature Centre staff team, Khadoni and Haya are passionate about using their cameras to capture portraits, landscapes, moments, and movement in the natural world. Photography can be a powerful tool for connecting yourself and others to nature! In this special edition of Nature Cafe, you'll have the opportunity to use your creative eye and dive into the world of nature photography through and exploration of light, perspective, composition, and visual design elements.There will be opportunities to step away from the screen, to experience nature in the moment, and maybe even draw! Curious?! Whether you have a window, a balcony or a yard, whether you’re staying inside or leaving your home, we’ll share pathways for deepening our connections to nature during this time of physical distancing. This event is free, but we are gratefully accepting sliding scale donations. Click here to read the Nature Cafe FAQ

Jul
22
By Donation
1:00 PM
This week we'll have participants from both British Columbia, and Ontario! Please note, for our west coast friends, the event begins at 10 am PST For Ontario friends:1pm EST This week, our guest will be Megan Manes with the Stanley Park Ecology Society all the way over in British Columbia. Megan enjoys sharing her experiences and knowledge about owls – charismatic creatures of the night sky! Owls are amazing animals that have many special features to help them navigate their nighttime worlds. In this edition of Nature Café, you will learn all about these adaptations, including how they accomplish silent flight, what allows them to locate their prey in complete darkness, and why their eyesight is more important than their sense of smell when it comes to finding their food. After learning the owl basics, find out if we have any of the same owl species in both Ontario and British Columbia! There will be opportunities to step away from the screen, to experience nature in the moment, and maybe even draw! Curious?! Whether you have a window, a balcony or a yard, whether you’re staying inside or leaving your home, we’ll share pathways for deepening our connections to nature during this time of physical distancing. This event is free, but we are gratefully accepting sliding scale donations. Click here to read the Nature Cafe FAQ

Jul
29
By Donation
1:00 PM
This week, our guest will be Jon Hayes - HPNC's very own Program Director! Jon will share with us his great admiration of moths. Moths are a rather under-appreciated winged friends of ours. We'll take some time to get to know some of the moths of Ontario a bit better and grow our appreciation of these mysterious, beautiful, and helpful lepidopterans. There will be opportunities to step away from the screen, to experience nature in the moment, and maybe even draw! Curious?! Whether you have a window, a balcony or a yard, whether you’re staying inside or leaving your home, we’ll share pathways for deepening our connections to nature during this time of physical distancing. This event is free, but we are gratefully accepting sliding scale donations. Click here to read the Nature Cafe FAQ


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