High Park Nature Centre Events

Family Nature Walks

Title: All You Need Is Bugs
Date: October 5th, 2019
Time: 1:30 – 3:00pm
Location: High Park Nature Centre 375 Colborne Lodge Drive
Suggested Donation: $2 – $5
Ages: All Ages

Event Description: Autumn butterflies, grasshoppers, crickets and blister beetles, oh my! High Park is a haven for so many creepy crawlies and fantastic fliers. Come explore the amazing world of bugs and learn facts such as what makes an insect different from a bug. You’ll discover some of the reasons why bugs are so incredible, how important they are to the ecosystem, as well as have a chance to see some up close and personal.

This event is great for all ages – bring the whole family!
This is a drop-in event.
For more information, check out our Family Nature Walks page.

Title: Meandering Mindfully in Nature
Date: October 19th, 2019
Time: 1:30 – 3:00pm
Location: High Park Nature Centre 375 Colborne Lodge Drive
Suggested Donation: $2 – $5
Ages: All Ages

Event Description: Come on out for an autumn walk, explore what it means to be mindful in nature, stretch into animal forms and experience a sit spot.
This event is great for all ages – bring the whole family!
This is a drop-in event.
For more information, check out our Family Nature Walks page.

 

Title: Seedy Mentors
Date: Seedy Mentors
Time: 1:30 – 3:00pm
Location: High Park Nature Centre 375 Colborne Lodge Drive
Suggested Donation: $2 – $5
Ages: All Ages

Event Description Wind dancers, hitchhikers, and over winterers. This Family Nature walk will be all about the amazing, diverse and genius ways that plants and trees spread their seeds! We’ll even explore ways that seeds can be our teachers, providing valuable lessons about how to spend our energy, and how to work with others!

This event is great for all ages – bring the whole family!

This is a drop-in event.

For more information, check out our Family Nature Walks page.

Special Events

Title: Nuit Blanche Star Party
Date: October 6
Time: 8:00 – 9:30pm
Location: High Park Nature Centre 375 Colborne Lodge Drive
Fee: Free/ $2-5 suggested donation
Ages: All Ages

Event Description: Celebrate Nuit Blanche by gazing at the rings of Saturn while it sits just above the upper right edge of the Moon. We may also get to see the moons of Jupiter! The International Space Station will join the party as it crosses part of the sky at 8:47pm.

Please note this event depends on sky conditions and will be cancelled with of a cloudy or overcast sky. Please visit our website on the day of the event to see if it is running.

This is a drop-in event.

Title: Halloween Howl
Date: October 25, 2019
Time: 6pm-7:45pm
Location: High Park Nature Centre 375 Colborne Lodge Drive
Fee: $15/person or 20% off for 3 or more tickets purchased together
Ages: All Ages

Event Description: This walk through the woodlands will lead to lots of creepy nature spots to learn the not-so-scary truth about bats, spiders, toads, gnomes and much more. Enjoy the night by warming up around a campfire and roasting marshmallows!

Title: Halloween Howl (18+)
Date: October 25, 2019
Time: 8:30 pm – 10:15 pm
Location: High Park Nature Centre 375 Colborne Lodge Drive
Fee: $15/person or 20% off for 3 or more tickets purchased together
Ages: 18+

Event Description: This walk through the woodlands will lead to lots of creepy nature spots to learn the not-so-scary truth about bats, spiders, toads, gnomes and much more. Enjoy the night by warming up around a campfire and roasting marshmallows!

Title: Halloween Howl
Date: October 26, 2019
Time: 6pm-7:45pm
Location: High Park Nature Centre 375 Colborne Lodge Drive
Fee: $15/person or 20% off for 3 or more tickets purchased together
Ages: All Ages

Event Description: This walk through the woodlands will lead to lots of creepy nature spots to learn the not-so-scary truth about bats, spiders, toads, gnomes and much more. Enjoy the night by warming up around a campfire and roasting marshmallows!

Title: Pumpkin Float
Date: October 27
Time: 4pm-6pm
Location: High Park Nature Centre 375 Colborne Lodge Drive
Fee: $3 per pumpkin
Ages: All Ages

Event Description: Carve a pumpkin and set it afloat with other ghoulish gourds! Meet at the wading pool in the northwest corner of High Park, just west of the main entrance to High Park at Bloor Street West and High Park Avenue.

Adult Workshops

Title: Fantastic Fungal Friends – Mushrooms and other fungi of High Park
Date: Sunday, October 6, 2019
Time: 12:30 – 4:30 pm
Location: High Park Nature Centre 375 Colborne Lodge Drive
Fee/Suggested Donation: Regular: $48 Seniors: $36 (60+ years) Workshop Bundle: 15% off when you register for 2 or more workshops
Ages: 18+

Event Description: Are you interested in learning about the fantastic world of fungi but not sure where to start? Join High Park Nature Centre naturalist Kami Valkova this fall for a workshop that will introduce you to the world of mycology! In this workshop we will explore: The basics of fungal identification using field guides and hand lenses, The important ecological roles that fungi play in woodland ecosystems, Some of the many species of fungi that can be found in High Park. We will begin indoors for an introduction, then head outside for a guided hike through High Park! We will search for fungi, practice our ID skills, and delve into the connection between fungi and the rest of the forest. The hike will be approximately 2 hours long, and of moderate difficulty. Please note that this is not a foraging workshop. We will not be collecting or consuming any fungi on our hike.

Title: Nurturing Through Nature: A Workshop for Early Childhood Educators
Date: October 27, 2019
Time: 12:30-4:30pm
Location: High Park Nature Centre 375 Colborne Lodge Drive
Fee/Suggested Donation: Regular: $48 Seniors: $36 (60+ years) Workshop Bundle: 15% off when you register for 2 or more workshops
Ages: 18+

Event Description: Geared towards early childhood educators, this workshop will explore interactive methods and activities to help get toddlers and pre-schoolers out into nature in their local ecology. This workshop hopes to aid educators in incorporating nature and outdoor time into their programming.
You will:
– Learn practical tips for engaging children from 6 months – 5 years in nature-based experiences that are relevant for a wide range of outdoor spaces (daycare yards, school yards, local parks, etc.)
– Be empowered to address obstacles to getting preschoolers out in nature in an urban setting.
– Explore theory about outdoor education and engage in meaningful discussions on this topic with a group of your peers, facilitated by the workshop leaders.
– Participate in relevant hands-on activities you’ll be able to use in your practice.
– Spend outdoor time on the trails of High Park to practice new skills in nature.
What to bring:
– A notebook and pen or pencil
– Warm clothing layers, depending on the weather
– Comfortable shoes or boots
– Your enthusiasm for nature!

Contact Info:
High Park Nature Centre
E: naturecentre@highpark.org
P: (416) 392-1748
https://highparknaturecentre.com/2/adult-workshops