Become a Steward

Toronto Nature Stewards (TNS) aims to take our stewardship further—our agreement with the City of Toronto allows for stewardship of select natural areas without direct supervision by City of Toronto staff. Stewards work under the direction of Lead Stewards

What do you gain as a Steward?

  • Learn to identify native and invasive plants
  • Collaborate and build a team while meeting new people
  • Gain problem-solving skills and volunteer hours
  • Have fun and enjoy some “nature therapy”

How do I become a Steward?

Look at our sites and schedules (below) and pick a time and place that suits you. Once you’ve registered, you’ll be contacted by the Lead Steward(s) at your chosen site. Most sites run regular events from April to October, but new Stewards can join at any time!

You must be 16 years or over to volunteer on your own. Otherwise, you must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Sites and Schedules

Below are our sites and schedules for 2024. Schedules are subject to change at any time.

Ashbridge’s Bay ParkWednesday 9:00-11:00 AM (rain date Thursday 9:00-11:00 AM)
Thursday 6:30-8:30 PM
Betty Sutherland Trail ParkVariable (check the Betty Sutherland site calendar)
Black Creek ParklandTBD
Botany Hill ParkTuesday 5:00-6:30 PM
Birkdale RavineThursday 5:00-7:00 PM
Friday 5:00-7:00 PM
Sunday 9:30-11:30 AM
Cedar Brook ParkMonday 5:00-7:00 PM
Cedarvale RavineMonday 6:30-8:30 PM
Sunday or Saturday 9:00-11:00 AM (date varies)
Cherry BeachMonday 6:00-8:00 PM
Wednesday 9:00-11:30 AM
Saturday 9:00-11:30 AM
Edgeley ParkTBD
Etobicoke Creek Valley ParkThursday 6:00-8:00 PM
Weekday Daytime TBD
Flemingdon ParkThursday 6:30-8:30 PM (biweekly)
G Ross Lord ParkTBD
Gaffney ParkWednesday 6:30-8:00 PM
Glen Stewart ParkTuesday 10:00 AM-12:00 PM
Thursday 10:00 AM-12:00 PM
Highland Creek ParkWednesday 5:00-7:00 PM
Hillcrest ParkThursday 6:00-8:00 PM
Hinder PropertyTBD
Hoptree-Misty HillsTuesday 5:30-7:30 PM
Humber Bay Park WestWednesday 5:00-7:00 PM
Lake PromenadeMonday 6:00-8:00 PM
Leaside ParkTuesday 5:30-7:00 PM
Magwood ParkTuesday 5:00-7:00 PM
Sunday 10:00 AM-12:00 PM
Middle MillWednesday 10:00 AM-12:00 PM
Thursday 5:30-7:30 PM
Sunday 9:00-11:00 AM
Milliken District ParkFriday 6:00-8:00 PM
Sunday 3:00-5:00 PM (biweekly)
Newtonbrook Creek Thursday 9:00-11:00 AM
NorthlineWednesday 6:30-8:30 PM
Port Union Waterfront TrailSunday 1:00-3:00 PM
Prairie Drive ParkSaturday 10:00 AM-12:00 PM (biweekly)
Sunday 1:00 PM-4:00 PM (only April 28, May 26, June 9)
Raymore ParkTBD
Rowntree Mills Park5:45-6:45 PM
Roxborough Parkette N.Monday 6:30-8:30 PM
Serena Gundy ParkMonday 9:30-11:30 AM
Severn CreekWednesday 6:00-8:00 PM
Sherwood ParkThursday 8:30-11:00 AM
Smythe ParkTBD
South KingswayWednesday 9:00-11:00 AM
Sunnypoint-Neilson ParkTuesday 7:00-8:30 PM
Taylor Creek ParkWednesday 6:00-8:00 PM (biweekly)
Thomson Memorial ParkTuesday 6:30-8:00 PM
Tom Riley ParkTBD
Topham PondMonday 6:30-8:30 PM
Wednesday 9:30-11:30 AM
Saturday 10:00 AM-12:00 PM
Weston Lions ParkTBD

By filling in our stewardship or contact forms you are giving TNS permission to contact you via email. We share our email list with Lead Stewards so that they can send emails for their site events.

Defining some terms

Lead Steward – A person who has completed the TNS Lead Steward training program and who can lead groups of volunteer Stewards in pre-authorized activities, at approved sites on public land, without City of Toronto supervision.

Site – Defined geographic area in a park or ravine that has been approved by the City of Toronto and stewarded by a defined team. Sites are natural areas (not groomed).

Steward – A volunteer who works to protect, restore, maintain, and monitor Toronto’s natural areas and ravines, under the direction of a Lead Steward.

Unsupervised Stewardship – Stewardship activities that are led by Lead Stewards without supervision by City of Toronto staff.