Butterfly Festival Activities and Schedule

TOURS

Cell One Walk

Arrive early to meet your guide at the Cell One junction where you will explore the wetland trail looking for monarchs, sulphurs, whites and others. This walk will also showcase the significance of wetlands and feature birds and mammals that depend on this unique habitat. Please pack water, sun screen and wear weather appropriate clothing.

Start Times: 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m.
Duration: 90 minutes
Difficulty: easy – terrain is relatively flat along the secondary pedestrian trail.
Meeting Location: Cell One junction

* Participants must arrive early in order to make their way to the Cell One junction (approximately 20 minutes from the entrance).
* Photography enthusiast welcomed.

Family Butterfly Walk

Explore the diversity of butterflies and wildlife that thrive at TTP. The knowledgeable guide will point out butterflies, birds and plants as you walk along the nature trail and offer tips on nature viewing. The walk will finish with a Milkweed planting, where all participants will be able to plant a milkweed plant- the only plant group that Monarch caterpillars will eat! Please meet at the front entrance – pack water, sun screen and wear weather appropriate clothing.

Start Times: 11:30 a.m., 1:45 p.m.
Duration: 1 hour
Difficulty: easy – terrain is relatively flat; most of the walk will be along the graded pedestrian trail
Meeting Location: Front Entrance

Butterfly Walk

Take a walk with local butterfly experts through the meadow habitat at TTP. Learn about the different species of butterflies, caterpillars and larvae you see along the way. Please meet at the front entrance – pack water, sun screen and wear weather appropriate clothing.

Start Times: 10:15 a.m., 12:30 p.m.
Duration: 90 minutes
Difficulty: moderate – terrain is relatively flat but most of the walk will be along the ungraded nature trail
Meeting Location: Front Entrance

Bee Walk

Dr. Sheila Colla has been researching the status of wild bees for over a decade. Toronto has a vast native bee biodiversity, with over 300 species being noted from the GTA. During this walk, Dr. Colla will tell you how to tell apart different species of bees as well as what the current conservation status and threats are to our native fauna. Please meet at the front entrance – pack water, sun screen and wear weather appropriate clothing.

Start Times: 10:30 a.m.
Duration: 90 minutes
Difficulty: easy – terrain is relatively flat
Meeting Location: Front Entrance

* Photography enthusiast welcomed.

Butterflies and other Pollinators

Join a local butterfly, pollinator and TTP expert to discover these beauties and learn about a diversity of butterflies, bees, wasps and maybe more. Please meet at the front entrance – pack water, sun screen and wear weather appropriate clothing.

Start Times: 10:45 a.m., 1:15 p.m.
Duration: 90 minutes
Difficulty: easy – terrain is relatively flat
Meeting Location: Front Entrance

* Photography enthusiast welcomed.

Beginner Butterfly Walk

New to the world of butterflies? This a perfect opportunity to learn about the butterflies in Tommy Thompson Park and their life history! Hear the fascinating story of metamorphosis and their symbiotic relationship with plants. Please meet at the front entrance – pack water, sun screen and wear weather appropriate clothing.

Start Times: 12:15 p.m.
Duration: 90 minutes
Difficulty: easy – terrain is relatively flat
Meeting Location: Front Entrance

* Photography enthusiast welcomed.

TTP Nature Bike Tours

Bring your bike and join local experts for a bike tour of Tommy Thompson Park! Explore the park’s various habitats, while experts highlight various bird, butterfly, flower and tree species that inhabit TTP.

Start Times: 10:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m.
Duration: 120 minutes
Difficulty: easy – the multi-use trail is a flat, paved surface
Meeting Location: Front Entrance

*Participants must bring their own bike and safety equipment
*Participants should bring cameras and plenty of water
*Dress appropriately for the bike tour and weather
*This tour may not be suitable for young children or beginner bikers. Please consider the distance and the pace before registering children under the age of 12.

Pollinator Walk

What bees and other pollinators are in Tommy Thompson Park? Learn about these significant and sometimes missunderstood creatures. Join a local pollinator expert to discover the diversity of pollinating insects that often go missed! Please meet at the front entrance – pack water, sun screen and wear weather appropriate clothing.

Start time: 1:30 p.m.
Duration: 90 minutes
Difficulty: easy- terrain is relatively flat
Meeting Location: Front Entrance

* Photography enthusiast welcomed.

Workshops and Presentations

Macro Photography: Getting Close to Nature Workshop

Professional photographer Max Skwarna will provide an introduction presentation to close-up and macro photography of flowers, insects and other small subjects. The interactive workshop involves an indoor presentation geared towards photographers with basic photographic knowledge. Techniques to create stunning close-ups and macro photography will be discovered throughout this workshop. An outdoor session will follow to practice the techniques you have learned in the beautiful setting of Tommy Thompson Park.

Start Time: 10:00 a.m.
End Time: 12 p.m.
Presentation Duration: 1 hour
Outdoor Session: 1 hour
Meeting Location: Nature Centre

*Please wear appropriate clothing as outdoor session could be held in long grass areas (hat, pants, closed toe shoes, etc).

What to Bring:
Camera (DLSR) or point-and-shoot with macro capabilities
Close up lens (optional) *Macro lens or telephoto lens with close focus
On camera flash (optional)
Tripod (optional)
Charged batteries
Extra memory card
Notebook and pen

Visit www.maxskwarna.com to view photos or flashbulb555 on Instagram.

Gardening for Wildlife Habitat

Helping the environment starts in your own backyard. Learn how to attract and protect native species, such as Monarch butterflies, nesting songbirds and hummingbirds with beautiful landscape features.

Start time: 11:30 a.m.
Duration: 60 minutes
Meeting Location: Nature Centre

An Act of Stewardship Milkweed Planting

You’ve heard of milkweed’s importance for Monarch Butterflies. Did you know there’s a whole milkweed community? The Milkweed Beetle, Milkweed Tussock Moth, and many species of bumblebee benefit from this remarkable plant, just to name a few. DROP IN and plant milkweed in an area recently having undergone shoreline restoration work. Learn more about this vital plant first-hand as you get your hands dirty! (hand rinsing water supplied)

Start time: 12:30 p.m.
Duration: 90 minutes
Meeting Location: 500 meters south of Nature Centre, on west side of Multi-Use Trail

Habitat To Grow

A workshop for those pre-registered with Monarch Teacher Network of Canada for a Habitat To Grow monarch habitat kit. Almost all kits have now been allocated, but anyone interested in receiving a kit should contact Raysha Carmichael at rcarmichael@trca.on.ca. Please note: kits are to be installed in a public or shared space (eg: school yard, community garden..), and are not intended for private property.

Start time: 1:30 p.m.
Duration: 45 minutes
Meeting Location: Nature Centre

EXHIBITORS

The list of exhibitors are from the following organizations :

Toronto Field Naturalists
Toronto Entomological Association
Wild Ontario
David Suzuki Foundation
LEAF

and more!

DEMONSTRATIONS

Live Bird Banding Demonstrations

Visit the Tommy Thompson Park Bird Research Station (TTPBRS) on Peninsula D to see and meet our banding coordinator , Nigel Shaw, and see him in action as he bands migratory birds as part of the migration monitoring program. Learn about migration monitoring, the standard protocols and the importance of the research. Bring your camera as you’ll also have the rare opportunity to see migratory birds up close and personal in Nigel’s hand! Banding demonstrations are weather dependant.

Times: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Location: Peninsula D, at the Tommy Thompson Park Bird Banding Station

Schedule

10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Butterfly festival displays and activities

9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Bird Banding Demonstrations at TTPBRS

10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Wild Ontario Live Bird Demonstration

Tours

10:00 a.m.
TTP Nature Bike Tour
10:15 a.m.
Butterfly Walk
10:30 a.m.
Bee Walk
10:45 a.m.
Butterflies and other Pollinators
11:00 a.m.
Cell One Walk
11:30 a.m.
Family Butterfly Walk
12:00 p.m.
TTP Nature Bike Tour
12:15 p.m.
Beginner Butterfly Walk
12:30 p.m.
Butterfly Walk
1:00 p.m.
Cell One Walk
1:15 p.m.
Butterflies and other Pollinators
1:30 p.m.
Pollinator Walk
1:45 p.m.
Family Butterfly Walk

Workshops & Activities

10:00 a.m.
Macro Photography
11:30 a.m.
Gardening for Wildlife Habitat
12:30 p.m.
An Act of Stewardship Milkweed Planting
1:30 p.m.
Monarch Teacher’s Network – Habitat Kits
3:00 p.m.
Festival Ends

* Activities and schedule is subject to change.
** Please confirm your registration before attending the festival.