Countdown to the 2018 High Park Harvest Festival!

Only four more sleeps until the High Park Harvest Festival begins! There’s plenty of fun to be had at the Children’s Garden and around the corner with our neighbours at Colborne Lodge Museum. The festivities run from 11 am to 5 pm with our free harvest lunch starting at 12:30 pm (while it lasts!).

Entrance to the Harvest Festival and the activities at the Children’s Garden are all free. Families can check out the Junkestra where kids can get creative and play with recycled musical creations. They can also make their own recycled instruments to take home.

An All-Ages Tea Party is also happening at the Festival with our Longtime Children’s Garden Friends Garden Jane (Jane planted the seeds that became our Children’s Eco Programs) and Emma, Founder of Blooming Caravan (and past Expansion Specialist, helping us spread our programs throughout the City)! This special program features tea play, mud pies, compost tea making, and make-and-take mini flower bouquets. Plus you’ll get to enjoy the book nook with garden stories for everyone! Come sip a cup of afternoon tea and take part in inter-generational activities for kids, grandparents, and everyone in between to enjoy together.

Live Green will be onsite to answer all your City related green/environmental questions with fun activities for the kids. There are also plenty of other fun crafts and activities throughout the Garden for everyone to enjoy!

It’s also our 20th Anniversary this year so there will be some celebratory cake available for everyone to enjoy! 

Down at Colborne Lodge everyone’s Harvest Festival favourites will be on site – artisans, local food, community organizations, museum friends, music, dance, pumpkin carving, apple bobbing – and of course our famous roast potatoes and apple cider. Some activity fees apply.

We’ll also be participating in the Ontario Natural Building Coalition’s Home Tour. People will be onsite to talk about the amazing eco-friendly aspects of our straw bale Children’s Teaching Kitchen.

 So much to see and do! We hope you’ll all join us on Sunday for all the fun!

High Park Harvest Fest Sunday, Sept. 30th!

How is it already the last day of camp!?! We’ve had a great summer with all of our young Eco Campers and are now looking forward to our Fall Programs. Registration starts Wednesday, September 12, 2018 at 7 am (note a different date than the usual)! Click here for more details.

The other fun fall activity we’re looking forward to is the High Park Harvest Festival! It’s happening Sunday, September 30, 2018 from 11 am to 5 pm. That’s right we said September 30th. That’s our second different date than usual! Thanksgiving falls on the first Sunday in October this year and we figured everyone might be a bit too busy to join us if we stuck with tradition.

It’s also the Children’s Eco Programs 20th Anniversary. We’ll have our usual Free Harvest Lunch (while it lasts!) for Harvest Fest but we’ll also have some fun birthday celebrations and of course a little Birthday Cake!

We can’t wait to see everyone at Harvest Fest!

High Park Harvest Festival!

Sunday, October 1st, 2017 from 11 am to 5 pm

The end of summer means gearing up for our High Park Harvest Festival! Come celebrate the harvest with us alongside our friends at Colborne Lodge. It’s quite the family affair with activities, food, vendors (at the lodge), crafts, music, and did we say food?

So much to see and do you can spend the entire afternoon! So drop by and check out all the activities at the south end of High Park!

We’re always looking for volunteers for Harvest Fest! We can use volunteers for set-up, clean-up, serving food, doing dishes, plus helping with crafts and activities. You can stay for the whole day (and we’ll feed you!) or help out for an hour or two (and we’ll still feed you!). Please contact us if you’re interested in helping out at

High Park Harvest Festival

This is it! The celebration of the year 🙂 Join us on Sunday, October 2 from 12 pm to 4 pm for this year’s High Park Harvest Festival. You can enjoy our free harvest lunch, music, meet Professor Pricklethorn, make seed balls, leaf pounding bookmarks, dream pillows and more!

Harvest Festival 2015

You can also check out the great things happening around the corner at Colborne Lodge Museum! Activities run from 11 am to 5 pm. A special Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) Thanksgiving Address on the West Lawn lead by Mohawk Elder William Woodworth Raweno:kwas will open Harvest Fest. They also have vendors, music, artisans and baked potatoes for sale.

So much to do you can spend the day in High Park! We look forward to seeing you at the Garden on Sunday!


High Park Harvest Festival 2015 – Oct. 4th

We’re still not sure how it’s crept up so quickly on us but it’s almost time for High Park’s Harvest Festival! for those of you who haven’t joined us before Harvest Fest is a free afternoon of fun activities, food and fresh air. This is a joint shindig with all our friends in the park including Colborne Lodge Museum and the High Park Nature Centre.

Harvest Fest 2015

The important details:

Date: October 4th, 2015
Time: Noon to 4:30 pm
Location: South End of High Park at both the Children’s Garden and Colborne Lodge Museum
Cost: Free with a few paid activities (many of which are also free) and some great vendors

There are plenty of activities, crafts, vendors, information booths, music and Choco Sol samples! There’s a free harvest lunch served at the Children’s Garden (while it lasts!!) and some tasty treats you can purchase down at Colborne Lodge.

NOTE:  We’re always looking for Volunteers to help out at Harvest Fest … Let us know if you’re interested! 

Other Fun Events We’re Participating in That Weekend Include:

Green Energy Doors Open

Join us for a tour of the Children’s Teaching Kitchen and learn about it’s energy saving features plus it’s sparkly crowning jewel … the photovoltaic (solar) panel array. Click on the link above to see who else in the area is participating in this fun energy filled event!

Date: October 3rd, 2015
Time: 10 am to 5 pm (between 11 and 2 pm you’ll be able to see the Kitchen in action as our Youth Cooking Program prepares the food for Harvest Fest the next day)
Location: The High Park Children’s Teaching Kitchen
Cost: Free

Ontario Natural Building Tour

Every year the Ontario Natural Building Coalition organizes a tour of Sustainably built homes and buildings throughout Ontario. This is a chance to see environmentally friendly building techniques up close and ask questions of the owners. Click the link above to find out more information.

Date: October 4th, 2015
Time: 10 to 4:30
Location: The High Park Children’s Teaching Kitchen
Cost: Free at the Kitchen but other homes/buildings require that you purchase a tour ticket see above link for more information.

We hope to see you all at Harvest Fest!

High Park Harvest Festival Oct. 5th, 2014!

Please Join Us Sunday, October 5th
from Noon to 4:30 pm

We’re excited to say that it’s Harvest Festival time once again! So many fun things happening this year including a visit from Professor Pricklethorn, ChocoSol Traders, The West End Flower Fairies, music by Margaret Christl, and Maria’s hosting another tea party.

Of course we’ll also have our free harvest lunch (while it lasts!), fun garden crafts and Teaching Kitchen Tours throughout the afternoon.

We could also use a few helpful volunteers throughout the day (we start around 9 am and go until about 6). Shifts from 2 hours to all day are available. We promise you won’t get stuck doing dishes the whole time (we’ll also make sure you have time to get out and see all the fun stuff happening throughout the site)! Contact us if you’re interested in volunteering ( or 416-338-5055).

The High Park Harvest Festival is hosted by the Children’s Eco Programs, The Colborne Lodge Museum and the High Park Nature Centre. It’s a free event and all activities at the Children’s Garden are free. There is a small charge for a variety of activities at the Lodge and for the horse drawn wagon ride. There are also a few vendors selling interesting (and often tasty) stuff at Colborne Lodge Museum!

Colbourne Lodge Harvest Fest

We hope to see you at the Festival!

Strawberry Popcorn

High Park Harvest Festival Sunday, Oct. 6th

So excited about Harvest Fest this Sunday! Join us from noon to 4:30 at the Children’s Garden for food, fun and great activities for the whole family! Professor Elwood Pricklethorn will be joining us at 2 pm and Chocosol will be there to hand out yummy chocolate samples. Other guests include Live Green Toronto and Jenia’s Ukulele Jam! Plus Colborne Lodge will have vendors selling corn and other tasty treats plus wagon ride tickets.


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High Park Harvest Festival Sun., Sept. 30 – Noon to 4:30

Are you ready?!  It’s that time of year again … the High Park Harvest Festival is happening this Sunday from Noon to 4:30 pm at the Children’s Garden and Colborne Lodge Museum.  The High Park Nature Centre will be helping out with the festivities too 🙂  

Join us for our free harvest lunch (while it lasts! There’s even pumpkin pie 🙂 ), nature crafts, a Harvest Jam with Nikki (1 pm & 3 pm), meet Professor Pricklethorn at 2 pm and decorate your own reusable lunch bag with the folks from Livegreen Toronto.

Don’t forget to check out the activities down at Colborne Lodge Museum (activity fees may apply) and take a tour of the Lodge (pay what you can entrance fee) and find out how the Howard’s celebrated the harvest.

Tour’s of the new Children’s Teaching Kitchen will be ongoing throughout the afternoon.  If you’re joining us on the Ontario Straw Bale Building Coalition Tour you are welcome to stop by between 10 am and 4:30 pm. for a tour of the Kitchen 🙂