When the Homegrown National Park Project launched in 2013, we aimed to build a butterfly corridor through Canada's largest city and reimagine Toronto as a pollinator-friendly National Park. We recruited and trained dozens of keen residents, connected them with local people and groups, and turned them loose to start bringing nature home to their neighbourhoods — one fun, small step at a time.
After four years, we couldn't be more proud of what our dedicated volunteer Homegrown Park Rangers accomplished!
They established a vibrant patchwork of dozens of butterfly-friendly gardens, guerrilla plantings and canoe planters (yes, canoes!) throughout the city's downtown west end and, with the support of the Toronto Foundation, expanded to neighbourhoods across the city.
The Rangers hosted and participated in more than 150 events, festivals and street parties, including hugely popular movie screenings, community pizza nights, overnight campouts and the magical, musical Homegrown Park Crawl.
In 2017, we're going to bring the joys and lessons learned from four years of the Homegrown National Park Project to neighbourhoods across the country through the Butterflyway Project!
Stay tuned for more information.