Education Programs at Tommy Thompson Park

The 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. We currently offer a series of captivating education programs for students and the general public.

Program

Audience

Availability

How to Book

Winged Migration

Students in grades 4, 6 and 7

Offered on weekday mornings:

  • September 10 to November 12
  • April 1 to June 9 

 

Call TRCA Visitor Services at 416-667-6295 or email customerservice@trca.ca

City Life, Wildlife

Students in grades 4 and 6

Offered on weekday mornings:

  • September 10 to November 12
  • April 1 to June 9 

 

Call TRCA Visitor Services at 416-667-6295 or email customerservice@trca.ca

Aquatic Plants Program

Students in grades
3 to 12

Offered throughout the spring

Request a program online

 

A Bird in the Hand

All park visitors

Offered on weekends and holidays:

  • April 1 to June 9
  • August 5 to November 12

 

No booking required

Winged Migration
Students will be actively engaged in activities designed to 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 2.5-hour 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
Visiting groups will explore the diverse habitats and communities that make up Tommy Thompson Park. An interactive hike engages students in an investigation of biodiversity, an in-depth look at pollinators, and a reflection on the impacts of human activity on natural spaces. Weather permitting, students participate in an on-site stewardship project to help TRCA's habitat restoration efforts. This 2.5-hour program provides a unique opportunity for students to better understand the urban wildlife that lives in their neighbourhoods and would enhance any unit plan focused on biodiversity or habitats.


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' knowledge and awareness of the value of wetland ecosystems and the important roles they play 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.

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.

 

 



Hours of Operation

Tommy Thompson Park is open to the public weekends and holidays, except Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day. Operating hours are 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. from November to March and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. from April to November.

 

Location

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.


 

Weather

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.