Education

Investigating The Living City Spaces

The education programs at Tommy Thompson Park provide unique opportunities to experience the phenomenon of migration, explore Toronto’s urban wildlife habitats, and more.

children take part in outdoor education program at Tommy Thompson Park

SCHOOL PROGRAMS

TRCA educator leads school program at Tommy Thompson Park

 

PROGRAM NAME
NEW! ANIMAL DETECTIVES
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.
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Grades 2 and 3 Weekday mornings and afternoons Call TRCA Visitor Services at 416-667-6295 or email VisitorServices@trca.on.ca


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children take part in wildlife education program at Tommy Thompson Park

 

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NEW! GET THE SCOOP ON SOIL
By solving a soil mystery, students will learn about soil components and the impact humans can have on soil characteristics required for plant growth.
Grade 3 Weekday mornings and afternoons Call TRCA Visitor Services at 416-667-6295 or email VisitorServices@trca.on.ca


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children take part in outdoor education program at Tommy Thompson Park

 

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NEW! WETLANDS: SOAK IT UP
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.
Grades 2-8 Weekday mornings and afternoons Call TRCA Visitor Services at 416-667-6295 or email VisitorServices@trca.on.ca


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TRCA instructor leads an outdoor education program at Tommy Thompson Park

 

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WINGED MIGRATION
This program invites students to become immersed in the phenomenon of bird migration and develop a deeper understanding of the importance of urban wilderness. 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.
Grades 4, 6 and 7 Offered weekday mornings only: September 5-November 3, 2017 and April 16-June 6, 2018 Call TRCA Visitor Services at 416-667-6295 or email VisitorServices@trca.on.ca


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youngsters take part in Winged Migration program at Tommy Thompson Park

 

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CITY LIFE, WILDLIFE
This 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. 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.
Grades 4 and 6 Offered weekdays: September 5-November 3, 2017 and April 16 – June 28, 2018 Call TRCA Visitor Services at 416-667-6295 or email VisitorServices@trca.on.ca


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youngsters explore trails at Tommy Thompson Park

 

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POLLINATION INVESTIGATION
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. Students will investigate meadow communities at Tommy Thompson Park, specifically exploring the role pollinators play in maintaining healthy habitats.
Grades 4 and 6 Offered weekdays: September 5-October 20, 2017 and May 22-June 28, 2018 Call TRCA Visitor Services at 416-667-6295 or email VisitorServices@trca.on.ca


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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.
Grades 3 to 12 Offered through the spring Please visit the Aquatic Plants Program webpage.

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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!
Students in grades 2 and up, or other interest groups Year-round
To develop a customized experience for your class, please contact Raja Raudsepp, Environmental Educator, Tommy Thompson Park: 647-505-9960 | rraudsepp@trca.on.ca

children take part in wildlife education program at Tommy Thompson Park


PROGRAM DETAILS

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

Transportation
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.

 

TD Friends of the Environment FoundationDevelopment of the Winged Migration, City Life, Wildlife, and Pollination Investigation programs was generously supported by TD Friends of the Environment Foundation.


youngsters run on trail at Tommy Thompson Park


Other Programs:

NATURAL MINDS — LASTING CONNECTIONS

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Spending time in nature can enhance one’s sense of well-being. Natural Minds — Lasting Connections was a 2016 pilot program that worked with communities of Torontonians living with mental illness to grow relationships with nature, offering excursions in outdoor park environments — specifically 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 this program.

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

Funding for this pilot initiative was generously provided by the Ontario Trillium Foundation

 

MY GREAT LAKE, MY FUTURE Student Conference

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Tommy Thompson Park, in partnership with Harbourfront Centre, hosted the first annual My Great Lake, My Future Student Conference for SHSM-Environment students in Toronto school boards on May 7, 2015.

Interested in holding a similar event in your region? see the Event Planner.

TD Friends of the Environment Foundation