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:
Camps/Children's Groups - see Summer Field Trips
Mental Health Agencies - see Natural Minds
Teachers - see School Programs
Park Visitors - see Public Programs

New this year! Summer Field Trips

Visit Toronto's urban wilderness with your camp or community group!

Program Information

· Field trips are 1 ½ - 2 hours in length and may be booked in the morning or afternoon
· Flexible start and finish times are available
· A school bus is required to access the park and must stay on-site for the duration of the visit

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All programs include a tour of habitat creation projects at Tommy Thompson Park!

City Life, Wildlife
There is wildlife in our cities! Get to know the urban wildlife that lives in Toronto's backyard on an interactive hike that includes a habitat investigation, a close look at invasive species, and a reflection on the impacts of human activity in natural spaces.

Winged Migration
Hone your observation and data collection skills by becoming immersed in the natural phenomenon of bird migration. Learn more about the migratory species of Tommy Thompson Park and what we can do to protect them.

Animal Detectives
Become an Animal Detective as you explore Tommy Thompson Park. Armed with investigative tools and a keen sense of adventure, we will travel the trails of the park looking for animal clues. We'll learn about the mammals, birds, and insects who call Toronto's wilderness home.

Fees
· $8.50/participant/half day
· $15/participant/full day
· Minimum of 20 participants
· Adult chaperones are free!

Contact Us
For more information or to book please email us at rraudsepp@trca.on.ca

 

Natural Minds - Lasting Connections

Ontario Trillium FundSpending time in nature can enhance ones sense of well-being. The program, Natural Minds - Lasting Connections, works 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 who would like to initiate their own guided walks can apply for a Nature Ambassador Training Program, gaining skills and knowledge which can positively impact fellow community members in the future. Our goal is to offer a means for people to strengthen connections - with other people and with our natural environment.

For more information on this program, contact Raja Raudsepp at rraudsepp@trca.on.ca.

Funding for this initiative has been generously provided by the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

 

School Programs

Program

Audience

Availability

How to Book

Winged Migration

Students in grades

4, 6 and 7

Offered on weekday mornings:

April 18 - June 9

September 12 - November 4

Call TRCA Visitor Services at
416-667-6295
Monday to Friday
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Email visitorservices@trca.on.ca

City Life, Wildlife

Students in grades

4 and 6

Offered on weekday mornings:

April 18 - June 29

September 12 - November 4

Call TRCA Visitor Services at
416-667-6295
Monday to Friday
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Email visitorservices@trca.on.ca

People, Plants & Pollinators

Students in grades

4 and 6 

Offered on weekday mornings:

May 16 - June 29

September 12 - October 28

Call TRCA Visitor Services at
416-667-6295
Monday to Friday
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Email visitorservices@trca.on.ca

Aquatic Plants Program Students in grades
3 to 12
Offered throughout the spring Request a program online

Custom Programs

Any group or grade

Year-round

Contact Raja Raudsepp to discuss your needs

647-505-9960
rraudsepp@trca.on.ca

 

 

Young Birder

Activity sheet

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 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 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.

People, Plants & Pollinators

Visiting students will investigate meadow communities at Tommy Thompson Park, specifically exploring the role pollinators play in maintaining healthy habitats. In addition to investigating various aspects of pollination, students will seek out insects in the meadow, analyze the specimens they find, and make inferences on the impact these insects have on plant pollination. The importance of pollination on our food supply will also be explored. This 2.5 hour 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' 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.

Custom Programs

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!

Winged Migration, City Life, Wildlife, People, Plants & Pollinators programs are generously supported by 

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Public Activities

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.

 

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.