Don Valley Brick Works Park

Don Valley Brick Works Park Spring/Summer Events

The City of Toronto is happy to present this series of free tours at Don Valley Brick Works Park.  These educational opportunities are open to the public and do not require registration.  Please arrive on time, with sturdy shoes suitable for walking.  Water and sunscreen are recommended!

Please see below for individual dates, times and meeting locations.

Events Listing for Spring/Summer 2017

Don Valley Brick Works Ambassadors

When: May 13 & 27, June 10 & 24, July 8 & 22, August 12 & 26, September 9 & 23
(2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month)

Time: 10 am – 1 pm

Details: Our very own Don Valley Brick Works Ambassadors are highly knowledgeable volunteers, on hand every second Saturday to enrich your educational and interpretive experience of the park.  Come and visit the Ambassadors at their tent at the Welcome Deck at the entrance to the park (behind the Evergreen buildings), or find a roaming Ambassador in the park to provide fun information about the park's natural ecology, plant and animal species.

 

Secret Lives of Trees with Professor Pricklethorn

When: June 10 and July 22

Time: 11:15 am – 12:15 pm

Starting Point: Meet at the Ambassador Tent, near the entrance to the Weston Quarry Gardens, at 11:15 am.

Details: Join Professor Pricklethorn to learn about trees and the importance of our natural environment. This interactive presentation is great for kids and inner-kids alike!

www.professorpricklethorn.com

 

Butterfly Workshop with Carol Pasternak

When: June 24

Time: 11:15 am - 12:15 pm

Starting Point: Meet at the Ambassador Tent, near the entrance to the Weston Quarry Gardens, at 11:15 am.

Details: Join author Carol Pasternak as she shares her 30 years' experience raising monarch butterflies. You'll learn the fascinating life cycle, threats and migration. Carol will explain the value of tagging monarchs, and will point out the best places to look for monarch eggs and those of other butterflies, so you can delight your friends with your discoveries. We'll also review host plants for other butterflies and answer all your questions about butterflies in Toronto!

Bees Uncovered, with Sheila Colla

When: July 8

Time: 11:15 am - 12:15 pm

Starting Point: Meet at the Ambassador Tent, near the entrance to the Weston Quarry Gardens, at 11:15 am.

Details: Come learn how to identify local bees as well as how you can help declining species of these important pollinators. This bee walk will be led by Dr. Sheila Colla, a biologist with Wildlife Preservation Canada and co-author of 'The Bumble bees of North America: An Identification Guide'.

 

Geology Tour (Toronto's Environmental History) with Ed Freeman

When: August 12

Time: 11:15 am – 12:15 pm

Starting Point: Meet at the Ambassador Tent, near the entrance to the Weston Quarry Gardens, at 11:15 am.

Details: Join retired historian and geologist, Ed Freeman, for a tour of the Don Valley Brick Works Park. On this tour, you'll be given an opportunity to explore its important and fascinating geological history! Learn the story of how climate change created the raw materials used in the making of bricks, and how the layers exposed by the quarrying process helped to shine a light on the history and climate of Southern Ontario.   Hear the story of some of the fossils unearthed on the site, and how they can help us understand the climate over the past 400 million years! 

 

Toronto Zoo Turtle Workshop

When: August 26

Time: 11:15 am - 12:15 pm

Starting Point: Meet at the Ambassador Tent, near the entrance to the Weston Quarry Gardens, at 11:15 am.

Details: Come learn all about Toronto's local turtles. Bring all your questions about turtles and other local reptiles and amphibians. This turtle workshop will be led by the Toronto Zoo.

 

Rivers and Ravines with the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority

When: September 9

Time: 11:15 am - 12:15 pm

Starting Point: Meet at the Ambassador Tent, near the entrance to the Weston Quarry Gardens, at 11:15 am.

Details: The Toronto and Region Conservation Authority will walk and talk about watersheds and Toronto's rivers, focusing on the Don River and its tributaries.

 

Don Valley Brick Works Park Flora Tour with Forestry's Karen Sun

When: September 23

Time: 11:15 am - 12:15 pm

Starting Point: Meet at the Ambassador Tent, near the entrance to the Weston Quarry Gardens, at 11:15 am.

Details: Ever wonder what type of tree you are looking at in the Don Valley Brick Works Park, or if that wildflower you see is native or not? Come for a walk with Forestry's Karen Sun to talk trees, flowers, and shrubs in the park.