Education Programs at Tommy Thompson Park

Education programs at Tommy Thompson Park provide unique opportunities to experience the phenomenon of migration, explore Toronto's urban wildlife habitats, or take action by growing and planting aquatic plants, among other offerings.

See below for a program option best suited to your group:
Teachers - see School Programs
Mental Health Agencies - see Natural Minds
Park Visitors - see Public Programs

School Programs

Availability and how to book information below.

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New!   Animal Detectives   (Grades 2 and 3)
Students will become Animal Detectives as they explore Tommy Thompson Park's trails looking for animal clues. What types of animal evidence can we look for based on their various characteristics?Depending on evidence observed, concepts may include animal life cycles, seasonal behaviours, what human animals can do to protect other animal habitats, and more.

New!   Get the Scoop on Soil   (Grade 3)
By solving a soil mystery, students will learn about soil components and the impact humans can have on soil characteristics required for plant growth. 

New!   Wetlands: Soak It Up   (Grades 2 - 8)
Soak up the wonder of wetlands by immersing your class in an incredible story of the significant habitat restoration taking place at Tommy Thompson Park. This program provides a unique opportunity for students to experience wetlands first-hand and better understand their importance in our health and the health of our environment. It enhances any unit plan focused on biodiversity or habitats.

Winged Migration (Grades 4-7)
Students will hone their observation and data collection skills. When weather conditions permit, students have the exclusive opportunity to examine migratory species at the Tommy Thompson Park Bird Research Station and observe staff and volunteers who are carrying out their daily monitoring and bird banding activities. This program invites students to become immersed in the phenomenon of bird migration and develop a deeper understanding of the importance of urban wilderness.

City Life, Wildlife (Grades 4-6)
Visiting groups will explore the rich ecosystems and communities that make up Tommy Thompson Park. An interactive hike through the park's diverse habitats will engage students in an investigation of biodiversity, a close look at invasive species, and a reflection on the impacts of human activity in natural spaces. This program provides a unique opportunity for students to better understand the urban wildlife that lives in their neighbourhoods enhances any unit plan focused on biodiversity or habitats.

Tree Swallow

Pollination Investigation (Grades 4-6)
Students will investigate meadow communities at Tommy Thompson Park, specifically exploring the role pollinators play in maintaining healthy habitats. This program encourages students to offer conclusions based on their own observations of natural habitats and strengthens students' understanding of the importance of pollinators to their everyday lives.

Aquatic Plants Program
The Aquatic Plants Program is a free, half-day, curriculum linked, hands-on educational experience. The goal of the program is to increase students' awareness of the value of wetland ecosystems in maintaining the ecological health of our region. By growing and transplanting native aquatic plants from seed, and participating in activities, students will learn to care for their environment through local wetlands. For more information, please visit the Aquatic Plants Program webpage.

Custom Programs (Grades 2 and up)
If you'd like to bring your students or group to Tommy Thompson Park for a simple nature walk, habitat exploration, restoration tour, or birding hike, please contact us! We'd love to share the wonders of Toronto's Urban Wilderness with you and your group!

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Program Details and how to book

Program costs
Flat fees for up to 30 students

Half-day visit: $255
Additional students (up to 5): $8.50 per student
2.5 hours + on-site 30 minute lunch break

Full-day visit: $400
Additional students (up to 5): $15 per student
4 hours + 30 minutes for lunch

Groups must arrive by school bus which needs to stay on-site for the duration of the visit. Our programs take place in the park's interior over 2 km from the gated park entrance. The park is located at the foot of Leslie Street, south of Lakeshore.





How to Book


Winged Migration


Students in grades

4, 6 and 7

September 5 - November 3, 2017

April 16 - June 6, 2018

This program is offered mornings only

Call TRCA Visitor Services at
Monday to Friday
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.


City Life, Wildlife


Students in grades

4 and 6

September 5 - November 3, 2017

April 16 - June 28, 2018

Call TRCA Visitor Services at
Monday to Friday
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Pollination Investigation

Students in grades

4 and 6 

September 5 - October 20, 2017

May 22 - June 28, 2018

Call TRCA Visitor Services at
Monday to Friday
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Aquatic Plants Program Students in grades
3 to 12
Offered through the spring

For inquiries, please email

Custom Programs

Students in grades 2 and up, or other interest groups


Contact Raja Raudsepp to discuss your needs


Development of Winged Migration, City Life, Wildlife, and Pollination Investigation programs generously supported by 

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Natural Minds - Lasting Connections

People Walking On A Trail At TTP

Spending time in nature can enhance ones sense of well-being. The program, Natural Minds - Lasting Connections, was a 2016 pilot program working with communities of Torontonians living with mental illness to grow relationships with nature by offering excursions in outdoor park environments - specifically in Tommy Thompson Park. Individuals interested in initiating their own guided walks took part in a Nature Ambassador Training Program, gaining skills and knowledge to positively impact fellow community members in the future. The program offered a means for people to strengthen connections - with other people and with our natural environment. Strategies are being explored to grow the program. 

For more information, contact Raja Raudsepp at for this pilot initiative was generously provided by the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

Read the program report here.

Ontario Trillium Fund

Public Activities

Nigel Shaw holding bird - kids watching

A Bird in the Hand: Public Program for TTP Visitors
TRCA believes that public education is the key to the protection of birds and the environment. We offer bird banding demonstrations on weekends and holidays during park hours. Visitors to the Tommy Thompson Park Bird Research Station (TTPBRS) can view our bird monitoring programs in action, ask questions and experience bird migration at one of the premier sites in southern Ontario.

The public is welcome to visit the Bird Research Station on weekends and holidays: April 1-June 9 and August 5-November 12.
No booking required.

For other public program opportunities, please refer to our Special Events page.


Hours of Operation

Weekdays: 4 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Weekends & Holidays: 5:30 a.m. - 9 p.m.

Tommy Thompson Park is open all holidays except Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day.



Tommy Thompson Park (TTP) is located at the base or foot of Leslie Street where it meets Unwin Avenue, south of Lake Shore Boulevard East.



Lake Ontario moderates TTP?s climate, with less heat & humidity in the summer and less snow in the winter than areas immediately north. Prevailing winds are westerly, with faster speeds and greater wind chill effects. Fogs forms twice as often at TTP than the rest of Toronto.