The Homegrown National Park
Inspired by authors Richard Louv and Douglas Tallamy, in 2013 we embarked on a mission to establish the world's first "Homegrown National Park" by crowd-sourcing a vibrant green corridor along the former path of Garrison Creek, in the City of Toronto's downtown west end.
After two years, our eager troop of 44 volunteer Homegrown Park Rangers has spurred dozens of creative green interventions, from pothole planters and canoe gardens to butterfly friendly schoolyards and "parkify-ing" residential streets. The Park Rangers have also participated in and hosted over 100 community events.
In 2015, we will continue to focus our efforts on greening bits of the urban fabric along the Garrison Creek corridor by recruiting and training another troop of volunteer Park Rangers in February.
For the first time, we will also be recruiting four Park Rangers from outside of the Homegrown National Park area. Click here to find out more about how to become a Park Ranger outside the boundaries of the Homegrown National Park.
We will also be establishing a Homegrown Volunteer Corps for volunteers keen to get involved but not able to commit to becoming a Park Ranger.
Here's to the many local organizers, innovators and park rangers who are making our cities greener. Please keep bringing nature home, one fun, green intervention at a time! Read more »
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Toronto residents came out in full force to celebrate city green spaces and sample local treats and musical talents. Read more »