Education at Tommy Thompson Park

Investigating The Living City Spaces

The education programs at Tommy Thompson Park provide unique opportunities to experience the phenomenon of migration or explore Toronto’s urban wildlife habitats. We currently offer a series of captivating education programs for students:

Program Grades Program Length Availability How to Book
Winged Migration 4, 6 & 7 2.5 hours Offered weekday mornings:
April 17 – June 29 and
September 5 – November 3
Call TRCA Visitor Services at:
416-667-6295
or
Email TRCA Visitor Services at:
VisitorServices@trca.on.ca
City Life, Wildlife 4 & 6 Offered weekdays:
April 17 – June 29 and
September 5 – November 3
Pollination Investigation Offered weekdays:
May 15 – June 29 and
September 5 – October 20
Custom Program Students in grades 2 and up, and other interest groups TBD year-round Contact Raja Raudsepp,
Environmental Educator,
Tommy Thompson Park
647-505-9960
rraudsepp@trca.on.ca

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.


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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.

Support for the development and delivery of “City Life, Wildlife” has been generously provided by TD Friends of the Environment Foundation.


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Pollination Investigation

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.

Support for the development and delivery of “People, Plants and Pollinators” has been generously provided by TD Friends of the Environment Foundation.


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Custom Programming

If you would like to bring your class to Tommy Thompson Park for a simple nature walk, habitat exploration, restoration tour or birding hike, in any season, please contact us! We’d love to share the wonders of Toronto’s urban wilderness with your class! To develop a customized experience for your class, please contact Tommy Thompson Park’s lead educator, Raja Raudsepp at 647-505-9960 or RRaudsepp@trca.on.ca .

Natural Minds – Lasting Connections

Spending time in nature can enhance ones sense of well-being. The program, Natural Minds – Lasting Connections, was a 2016 pilot program working 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 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 the 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.

Read the program report here.

Ontario Trillium Fund

My Great Lake, My Future Student Conference

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 7th, 2015. To learn more about the event, please see the Report and to learn how you can hold a similar event in your region, please see the Event Planner

TD Friends of the Environment Foundation

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