Experience, celebrate & champion Toronto's one of a kind ravine system
InTO the Ravinesis 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:
Innovative public programming that shines a light on the ravines
Micro-grants to spur events and activities about our ravines
Join us for our special ravine-focused 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.
How to build community love for ravines while respecting their limits
Wednesday, April 21, 2021, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm
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.
Breakout sessions will delve deeper into specific topics, including creative online engagement, working with Indigenous communities, and citizen science as a tool for community building.
Mark Sherman, Natural Environment Specialist, Natural Environment and Community Programs unit of Urban Forestry, City of Toronto
Mark's main interests are native trees and plants, and the integration of natural and urban environments. He holds a certificate in Arboriculture from Humber College and a degree in Urban Planning from Ryerson University. Mark joined the City of Toronto seven years ago, after working as a private arborist and for non-profit urban forestry organizations. Mark helps coordinate community tree planting and stewardship and environmental education events across Toronto. If you have questions about the natural environment or need guidance planning an event in the natural environment you can always reach out to his group at email@example.com.
Jenny Davis, High Park Nature Centre
Right now, Jenny is most proud of the garden space she created for the Grove Community School in Toronto, paddling the entire Missinaibi River (26 days) with her family in August 2020 and the work she does for the High Park Nature Centre in partnership with Taiaiako'n Historical Preservation Society.
Donna Powless, Taiaiako’n Historical Preservation Society
Donna Powless (Cayuga from Six Nations) is the director of Taiaiako’n Historical Preservation Society (THPS), which formed under the jurisdiction of Chief Arnold General, Beaver Clan, Onondaga, Six Nations. Powless is a researcher into Onkwehonwe sacred sites, an educator and counsellor who teaches Indigenous language arts and has worked tirelessly for the well-being of her community from within many different Native organizations. The mandate of THPS is to protect sacred sites in High Park and the Niwa’ah’ Onega’ Gai’ii (Humber River).
Ambika Tenneti, Toronto Green Community + Lost Rivers
Ambika is a Ph.D. candidate at the Daniels Faculty, University of Toronto. Her research is focused on recent immigrant engagement in Toronto’s urban forest. An environmentalist by training, she has worked extensively with diverse communities in urban and rural India in the fields of environmental health and education.Since moving to Toronto, she has volunteered with several public and non-profit organizations such as the City of Toronto, LEAF, and 10,000 Trees, to understand urban forest stewardship practices. Her work with Toronto Green Community’s Rivers Rising and Lost Rivers programs have helped her gain fresh perspectives on urban ecology, community engagement and Indigenous land relations.
Dana Buchbinder, EcoSpark
Before joining EcoSpark, Dana researched citizen science with Ontario Nature, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Air Research Program, and Delaware StreamWatch, with some intermittent seasons on organic farms. She is an active member of the Citizen Science Association.
She graduated with a Master of Environmental Management in 2012 from Duke University, where she loved buzzing with bumblebees in the field. These days, her toddler and preschooler help Dana view nature from their excellent perspective close to the soil.
Cherie Daly, Friends of Glen Stewart Ravine
I live in the Toronto Beach neighbourhood near the Glen Stewart Ravine, which is designated as an environmentally sensitive area. My children grew up enjoying the stream there on many walks, as well as tobogganing and skating in the park south of the ravine. Between 2012 and 2015, I volunteered at the Evergreen Brickworks in the greenhouse, on hikes in the Don Valley and with an event called 100 in 1 Day.
In 2015, a friend, Katya Nosko, who now owns a used bookstore on Kingston Road, asked me to join her group, Friends of Glen Stewart Ravine. Since then, I have been involved in organizing events, attracting volunteers, collaborating with many individuals and groups to care for the ravine through stewardship, conservancy and appreciation. We primarily use Facebook and email to communicate with our “Friends” and followers who now number about 600.
I am also an artist, so I enjoy the outdoors here and in Muskoka as a source for my work and for quiet contemplation and exercise.
Citizen Activism in Support of Toronto’s Watercourses
John Wilson, Co-chair of the West Don Lands Committee, highlights the history of activism that has shaped the ravines including the numerous citizens’ and activist groups that helped bring interest and engagement to these precious places.
A Ravine Runs Through It: Meet Rowntree Mills Park’s own Ravine Champion
Meet Adassa Boswell, one of InTO the Ravines Community Champions. Adassa is a proud member of her community who, once retired from a customer service role, embraced the opportunity to become more deeply involved in Rexdale.
Reducing the impact and increasing connection to nature for park and ravine events
It takes deliberate thinking and action to enjoy park and ravine spaces while ensuring they’re protected. How can you use ravine and park events to foster reciprocity and ensure the natural world benefits as much as the community does?
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.
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.