The Friends of Smythe Park Community members working with the city’s InTO the Ravines program and other community groups have organized a couple of great events for the coming weeks. On July 23 at 2 p.m. there’ll be Kids and Caterpillars:
A hands-on introduction to caterpillars and butterflies with real, big caterpillars. Look, hold, touch! Look for butterflies. Ontario Naturalist, outdoor children’s educator and retired middle school science teacher Don Scallen will bring his large Saturniidae moth caterpillars, including cecropias, prometheas and lunas to show children aged 3-10. He will talk about their life cycle and how to rear them, and will give children (and caregivers!) the opportunity to hold the caterpillars and admire them up close. After his talk, he’ll take children and caregivers on a walk to look for butterflies, caterpillars and caterpillar plants. Join us for this entertaining and informative hands-on afternoon in the park. And, free popsicles!
On August 6, they’ll be hosting Turtles for Families, a “turtley awesome afternoon in Smythe Park” (this dad approves that pun!)
Join us for a turtley awesome afternoon in Smythe Park. We will meet at the playground and take a gentle car-free walk through the woods to the ponds. Children will look for basking and swimming turtles, predated and protected nests, and learn how to identify and protect these wonderful park inhabitants. Then outdoor artist and school art teacher Alexandra Iorgu will guide families to make their own clay turtles. Our turtles will form a public display to highlight our park’s special local role in Toronto’s biodiversity. Come enjoy hands-on learning and creating together outdoors. And, free popsicles!