Adult Workshops


Our workshops are aimed at an adult audience looking to learn more about nature. No previous knowledge is required!  

If you encounter any difficulties registering or have any questions regarding registration you can reach us at or by calling 416-392-1748.  Our Office Hours are between 9am – 4pm, Monday – Friday.


Winter Tree ID for Beginners - Jan. 28th, 2018 12- 4pm






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Winter Tree ID for Beginners – Jan. 28th, 2018 12- 4pm

Build skills, knowledge and learn how to identify the trees of Ontario while they sleep. This workshop will be led by Nousheen Ahmed and will begin indoors with a discussion of what to look for when identifying trees in winter– bark, twigs, buds and tree shape. You will then go on a guided hike on some of the lesser known nature trails of High Park to practice your new skills by identifying a variety of trees. This course is recommended for the beginner-to-intermediate tree observer. Dress in layers for both indoor and outdoor learning. The hike will be moderate in length and difficulty.

Instructor Bio

Nousheen Ahmed is an experienced forest ecologist who has always loved the natural world. This love compelled her to study Ecosystem Management at Sir Sandford Fleming College, and later to a establish a career with the City of Toronto Forestry Department. She currently works to restore Toronto’s wild spaces, including High Park. A hike with this self-described ‘Nature Nerd’ provides an exploratory journey of the natural world with frequent stops to take photos and identify the surrounding flora.

High Park Lichens: Discover the “Corals” of the Forest - Feb. 10th, 2018 12-4pm







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High Park Lichens: Discover the “Corals” of the Forest – Feb. 10th, 2018 12-4pm

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.

Instructor Bio

Dr. Troy McMullin is a research scientist in lichenology at the Canadian Museum of Nature in Ottawa. He is one of the few authorities on North American lichens. His research has taken him from the Arctic to the Everglades and California to Newfoundland. Troy has also done considerable research in southern ON and in the Toronto area.

Birds of Prey – Mar. 4th, 2018 2-6pm


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Birds of Prey – Mar. 4th, 2018 2-6pm

Learn all about High Park’s Birds of Prey from expert birder Emily Rondel! In this adult nature workshop you will learn: the amazing adaptations all birds of prey share, how to identify High Park’s raptors by sight and sound, how to use a field guide and binoculars to their maximum potential, and where to look for birds of prey in Toronto’s biggest park. The workshop will include a birding hike, which will take participants to some raptor hot spots in High Park.

This workshop is open for all levels of birders, including beginner. The birding hike will be moderate in difficulty.

Instructor Bio

Emily Rondel is the Toronto Projects Coordinator for Bird Studies Canada. In this role, she plans public bird monitoring efforts within the GTA to track the diversity and health of our urban avian populations. She also provides outreach and education to create local support for Bird Studies Canada’s national efforts such as Project FeederWatch and the Christmas Bird Count. She is also the Records Councillor of the Toronto Ornithological Club. 

Please note registration policies and other important information below!


Programs take place at the High Park Nature Centre at the Forest School located at 375 Colborne Lodge Drive


Pre-registration is required for all programs. Registration cannot be confirmed until payment has been received.

Programs are filled on a first-come, first-serve basis. .

Cancellation Policy

Requests for refunds made 14 or more days before the start of the program will receive a 90% refund (10% will be retained as an administration fee). Requests for refunds made less than 14 days before the start of the program will receive no refund. Requests for cancellations or refunds must be made in writing and submitted by email to  A doctor’s note may be required for cancellations due to medical reasons. Refunds are not granted for inclement weather. 

Please note, the High Park Nature Centre may cancel any event if the minimum number of participants is not achieved 14 days prior to the date of the workshop.  We will notify registered participants of cancellation at that time and provide a full refund.



Programs will proceed rain, snow or shine. Please be sure to dress appropriately for the weather as we will be outdoors for most of the activities. Indoor programs will be run in the case of severe inclement weather such as heavy rain, thunderstorms, snowstorms or high winds over 35 km per hour. We also advise wearing long pants, socks and long sleeved tops to protect against poison ivy. If you have any questions please call our office at 416-392-1748.