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Last weekend, thousands of Toronto residents came out to celebrate the green spaces along the former Garrison Creek in the third annual Homegrown Park Crawl. The volunteer-run event is part of the David Suzuki Foundation's Homegrown National Park Project, which aims to bring nature home to the heart of Canada's largest city, one fun, green intervention at a time.
This year's event featured great weather and food from some of the city's top chefs and restaurants, including Pizzeria Libretto, FRANK Restaurant, Banjara Indian Cuisine and The County General. Participants crawled upstream from park to park and through residential streets in the downtown west end, accompanied by four superb local musical acts: MIDNIGHT VESTA, Turbo Street Funk, Maracatu Mar Aberto and The Woodshed Orchestra. The event included making fish and butterfly crafts, seed-paper making with the University of Toronto's BIOzone, writing love letters to Toronto's green spaces with the Love Lettering Project and an interactive dance performance by Julia Aplin Dance.
Thanks to our amazing team of volunteers and community partners, plus these generous folks who provided fabulous food and drink:
Pizzeria Libretto, Banjara Indian Cuisine, Cookie Martinez, Two Bite Saloon, Chocosol, Harvest Kitchen, Jon's Pops, Coffee Pubs, Le Dolci, Tallboys, Wenona Craft Beer Lodge, My Crème Caramel, The County General, Treeline Catering, FRANK restaurant, The Vegan Duchess
This event would not be possible without the generous support of our event partners and sponsors: Gervais Party & Tent Rental, Impact Canopies, Southbrook Vineyards, Steam Whistle Brewery and Universe.
Stay up-to-date on all the Homegrown fun by joining our Homegrown National Park Project Facebook page.
Summer, where did you go? It seems I blinked and my alarm-clock-free mornings, warm beach days and carefree weekends were instantly gone. Now, it's the third week of the back-to-school rush and my kids and I miss you more than ever. From climbing trees to slouching over desks — the transition from summer sovereignty to school routines hasn't been easy in my house.
How can we strike a balance between school routines and spending time outdoors?
Even though back-to-school can make your family back-to-busy, it's important to ensure children don't disconnect from one of the most important classrooms — the outdoors. When I was a kid, Mother Nature was one of my favorite educators. I climbed trees, played in the dirt and lifted rocks to discover the "newest" species. I was often free to explore, run and follow my own guidelines. My parents encouraged me to get outside and play and I feel this helped me develop mentally, physically and emotionally. There's nothing like being perched in a tree or running through fields of grass — you almost believe you're a superhero.Continue reading »
It takes a pretty spectacular kid to decide to forego birthday presents: Meet amazing, eight-year-old Kaitlyn!
This year, Kaitlyn asked friends and family to make donations to the David Suzuki Foundation in lieu of personal gifts to her and raised an astounding $850!Continue reading »
Megan Brown (11 years old), Sydney Heiydt (10 years old) and Kira Heiydt (8 years old) of Richmond Hill, Ont. spent last winter busily planning for a Blue Dot summer fundraiser.
Participating in a shoreline cleanup inspired Megan to further action. She and friends Sydney and Kira came up with a plan to raise awareness AND fundraise for the Blue Dot mission to bring the right to a healthy environment to all Canadians.Continue reading »