Something that always amazes us here in High Park is the extent of the wildlife living in this unique urban forest. It’s the biodiversity (the variety of plants and animals) you can find here that’s so important … it’s not just white squirrels! We often see ducks, swans, geese, hawks, Great Blue Herons, Snowy Egrets, Night Herons, foxes, raccoons, rabbits, beavers, muskrats, groundhogs, chipmunks, mice, toads, frogs, turtles and snakes. Every now and then you can also see deer and coyotes.
OK that title needs some sound effects behind it … something along the lines of dun, dun, dun! So have you heard about the sightings of white squirrels here in Toronto? We have so many squirrels in our City that most of us hardly ever notice them. It’s like they’ve become wallpaper, you know it’s there but hardly ever notice it, because it’s always there.
But squirrels, like their feathery counterparts pigeons (a.k.a. Rock Doves), are a lot more interesting than one might think. Have you noticed the colour of the squirrels in your neighbourhood? The main species of squirrel you’ll find in Toronto is the Gray Squirrel, even though they’re fur can often be black. I’ve also noticed many with rusty/red coloured fur (sometimes they’re even 1/2 gray 1/2 rust). There are even one’s with white fur.
As the temperature starts to rise once again it’s time to remind everyone that Eco Camp registration starts soon! I know it seems silly to think of summer camp while there’s still snow on the ground but spaces fill up fast for our fun, environmentally focused camp.
So here are the dates, phone numbers and links you’ll need for a smooth, chaos-free registration 😉 We have 3 camps/age groups to choose from; 6-10 year olds at High Park, 10-13 year olds at High Park and 6-9 year olds at the Music Garden.
Registration starts: Saturday, March 5 starting at 7 am (We suggest you start at that time too in order to get the dates you want)
Program dates and information: Click here for the online FUN Guide listings – Choose High Park location then hit search for dates, times and program codes
Pick up and Drop off location at Camp: Map of High Park – picnic shelter #15
Eco Camp – Music Garden
Registration starts: Wednesday, March 9 starting at 7 am (We suggest you start at that time too in order to get the dates you want)
Program dates and information: Click here for the online FUN Guide listings – Choose Music Garden location then hit search for dates, times and program codes
Pick up and Drop off location at Camp: Little Norway Park – Map of Music Garden included
For more information on the City of Toronto’s Recreation Program registration process please click here. For more information about Eco Camp call Robin at 416-338-5055 or email: rsalt at toronto . ca (spaces inserted and @ removed to protect from spam).
Spring School Programs
Time’s also running out for Spring School Program registration. We’re filling up fast but still have a few spaces left. Go to our Curriculum Based School Programs page for more details on what we offer and how to register.