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
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.
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.
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.
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?
Guest post written by Jacqueline L. Scott. Jacqueline is a PhD student at the University of Toronto, OISE, in the department of Social Justice Education.She is a hike leader with two outdoors clubs. Jacqueline leads Black History Walks in Toronto. She is the author of travel and adventure books, from a Black perspective. With the […]
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Mood walks: How to design nature walks to enhance mental health
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Citizen Activism in Support of Toronto’s Watercourses
This post was written by John Wilson is the Co-chair of the West Don Lands Committee. He has served on numerous citizens’ groups, including the Lost Rivers Project (Toronto Green Community) and Bring Back the Don, for over 25 years. My most compelling symbol of watershed activism and community engagement in Toronto is the large […]
A Ravine Runs Through It: Meet Rowntree Mills Park’s own Ravine Champion
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Undoing colonial thinking to connect with the land and each other
Compiled by Kelsey Carriere, based on our InTO the Ravines event: Indigenous Storytelling & Ravine Ecology, and knowledge shared in a wonderful conversation with Philip Cote. Philip is a young Elder, artist, activist, educator, historian & traditional wisdom keeper from Moose Deer Point First Nation with Shawnee, Lakota, Potawatomi, and Ojibway lineage. Learn more about […]