InTO the Ravines is helping Toronto experience the ravines while balancing use with protection, education and care. Based on the Ravine Strategy, the City of Toronto and Park People are working together to ensure communities experience, celebrate and champion our one-of-a-kind ravine system. InTO the Ravines will provide:

Past Events

Drawing on Ravines

 

No matter what your age or experience, join native plant expert Lorraine Johnson and scientific illustrator and Métis culture keeper Jenna McGuire to explore the wonders of nature and ravine ecology through drawing. Sketch with these experts while learning how a plant’s form relates to how it grows and thrives, and their role in the ecosystem.

 


 

Indigenous Storytelling & Ravine Ecology

 

Join storyteller Hillary Clermont, historian and artist Philip Cote, and Indigenous grower Isaac Crosby for a journey from creation stories to Toronto’s Indigenous history to current Indigenous-led ecology work, to help understand how we can deepen our connection to the plants and animals of our land and ravines.

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Ravines and Resilience - Toronto's Ravines and Climate Change

 

Our city and our ravines were shaped by past extreme weather events, and looking ahead, our ravines can help us be more climate-resilient if we protect them.

Join the City of Toronto's Senior Environmental Specialist, David MacLeod to learn what our city is doing to manage future risks, and grassroots organization Carbon Conversations TO with an exercise to ignite your personal motivations for climate action and get you engaged in solutions right at home and while visiting your local ravine.

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TO Ravines, With Love

Our special ravine-focused event series, TO Ravines, With Love
 
As Toronto’s ravines reawaken, join experts who provide new, creative ways to love Toronto’s one-of-a-kind ravine system.
 
TO Ravines, With Love, is part of Park People’s InTO the Ravines Program in partnership with the City of Toronto.

This series was designed to support you in safely getting outdoors to enjoy some fresh air and exercise during the pandemic restrictions, but please be safe, and keep your distance. Find a nearby ravine here. If you are new to exploring ravines, here are some tips to help ease any anxiety around this new adventure. 

 

How to build community love for ravines while respecting their limits

 

Get ready to help your community love their ravines!

Join the City of Toronto’s Natural Environment Specialist, Mark Sherman and an impressive lineup of panellists from High Park Nature Centre, Taiaiako’n Historical Preservation Society, Friends of Glen Stewart Ravines and others to learn why ravines are vital for our city, the threats they face, and how we can love our ravines while respecting their sensitive ecosystems.

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Dawn Chorus: A guided listening tour of morning songbirds

 

Dawn Chorus is the bird song before sunrise.

The 7th Annual Dawn Chorus featured experienced birders, Songbirding Podcast host Rob Porter and Toronto Bird Celebration Coordinator Andrés Jimenez who shared a 15-minute recording of the Dawn Chorus from the GTA. Rob and Andrés shared the birds' journeys and offer insights on how to distinguish and identify the songs you hear. There was lots of time for your bird questions.

 

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Connecting us through Art: Ravine wandering meets art-making

 

Creativity facilitator and horticultural therapy practitioner Emma Rooney and Park People’s Kelsey Carriere went on an artistic journey using cameras, simple materials, and inspiration from your closest ravine. They explored photographing outdoor experiences and building relationships with these nearby spaces through art-making. 

 

 


 

Audio-Guided Forest Therapy Experience with Carolynne Crawley

 

Forest Therapy Guide Carolynne Crawley guided us from our local ravine for a live audio forest therapy experience.

Carolynne is a Mikmaq woman with mixed ancestry who is passionate about creating opportunities for people to slow down and connect deeper with the land, waters and beings in a more meaningful way from Indigenous Ways of Knowing.

 

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