When the Homegrown National Park Project launched in 2013, we aimed to build a butterfly corridor through Canada's largest city and transform Toronto into a pollinator-friendly National Park. We recruited and trained two-dozen 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 three 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 Greater Toronto Area in 2015.
They 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 2016, we're going to bring the joys and lessons learned from three years of the Homegrown National Park Project to neighbourhoods across the country through the Great Canadian Butterflyway Project! Stay tuned for more information. Until then, find out more about how the Homegrown National Park Project is bringing nature home at davidsuzuki.org/homegrown