CANCELLED – Winter Wander

***Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) regrettably announces the cancellation of this event to proactively protect visitors, and all who would be in attendance, from the potential risk of contracting COVID-19.***

 

Thank you for your interest. This event is now fully booked. Please see our calendar for additional upcoming events.

 

Winter trees and shadows

Bundle up and step outside to appreciate winter in Toronto’s urban wilderness. After gathering at the Tommy Thompson Park Nature Centre, we will explore for winter signs of animals, identify plants as they appear in winter when their flowers can’t guide us, and take in the landscape only winter brings! If you have binoculars, bring them – we’ll keep our eyes open for migratory birds who can only be found at Tommy Thompson Park in the winter months.

Milkweed covered in snow
Winter tracks in the snow
Winter scenery with Dogwood

We will also showcase amazing hidden features that make Tommy Thompson Park so special, highlighting what we’ve been doing to protect the park against major threats such as Asian Carp species.

This event will run rain or shine, except in the case of extreme weather. If the event needs to be cancelled due to extreme conditions, all registrants will be notified by email the morning of the walk by 7 a.m.

Who is it for?

This event is for both adults interested in learning about the natural world around them, and families wanting to kick off March Break.
The hike will be moderate in difficulty and will travel over uneven surfaces. This event is suitable for adults and children of all ages.

Go to Registration Page

If you require an accessibility accommodation, please contact Emily Rondel at emily.rondel@trca.ca 7 days before the event.

Birding by Ear: learning to hear the avian landscape (beginner)

Bird-watching might as well be called bird-listening; since audio cues are crucial in identifying and finding birds! Learn all about this under-emphasized aspect of observing bird life

Beginner session: Wednesday, May 27, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Intermediate session: Thursday, May 28, 6:30 pm  -8:30 pm

Sign up for additional workshops in the Tommy Thompson Park series to receive $10 off each!

Birding by Ear: learning to hear the avian landscape (intermediate)

Bird-watching might as well be called bird-listening; since audio cues are crucial in identifying and finding birds! Learn all about this under-emphasized aspect of observing bird life.

Beginner session: Wednesday, May 27, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Intermediate session: Thursday, May 28, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Sign up for additional workshops in the Tommy Thompson Park series to receive $10 off each!

Warblers: Identifying the gems of spring migration (intermediate)

Warblers are a highlight of the great annual spring migration, but most are only with us for a few short weeks. Learn about the amazing diversity present in this group of tiny-but-tough migrants

Beginner session: Thursday, May 7, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Intermediate session: Wednesday, May 13, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Sign up for additional workshops in the Tommy Thompson Park series to receive $10 off each!

Warblers: Identifying the gems of spring migration (beginner)

Warblers are a highlight of the great annual spring migration, but most are only with us for a few short weeks. Learn about the amazing diversity present in this group of tiny-but-tough migrants.

Beginner session: Thursday, May 7, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Intermediate session: Wednesday, May 13, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Sign up for additional workshops in the Tommy Thompson Park series to receive $10 off each!

Winter Bird Count 4 Kids at Tommy Thompson Park

Join us for this free family-friendly winter birding event. Learn to identify numerous types of waterfowl, go for a nature walk and enjoy some family time outdoors while contributing information to a scientific study!

This event offers opportunities to build bird identification skills and contribute to important Citizen Science work. We will be spending most of our time outside so please dress warmly. All levels of birding expertise are welcome!  Parking is available at the park entrance, and portable washrooms are available on-site.

Hike Distance: 2 km
Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Trail Surface Type: Paved and natural
Age Range: Family Friendly (recommended for children ages 4 and up)
Meeting Place: The Tommy Thompson Park Nature Centre (a 6 minute walk from the park entrance on Leslie St.). The Nature Centre is the first building you will see on the right-hand side of the main park road.

In the case of extreme or unsafe weather, participants will be contacted by email with a notice of cancellation by 7am on the morning of the event.

TRCA is committed to creating an accessible experience for all participants. If you require an accessibility accommodation, please email emily.rondel@trca.ca at least 7 days prior to the event.

The Winter Bird Count 4 Kids is a project of Birds Canada, all data will be submitted to the “Christmas Bird Count 4 Kids program”

Events

Join us for this free family-friendly winter birding event. Learn to identify numerous types of waterfowl, go for a nature walk and enjoy some family time outdoors while contributing information to a scientific study!

Event Type: Event

Performer: Person

Urban Herb Walk

A trail through a meadow at Tommy Thompson Park in the autumn. Photo by Amanda Kohler.

Photo by Amanda Kohler

Join Traditional Herbalist Meaghan McLaughlin to discover the hidden treasures of medicinal plants that grow in our city.

November 9, 2019, 11AM- 1PM
Meet at Park Entrance

Register online – pay what you can – suggested contribution of $20.

Register Online

Bird Walk

Join us and discover Toronto’s Important Bird Area!

Swans in flight
Bird on a brick
Swans in flight

Tommy Thompson Park is an amazing spot for bird watching: 326 species of birds have been recorded here, including more than 55 breeding species.

The park is an important stopover during migration for many bird species that need to rest and refuel to continue their journey. In addition to many species of songbirds, the park also plays host to migrating raptors, waterfowl and shorebirds.

  • BYOBinoculars
  • Meet at park entrance
  • Registration not required