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 AGM and Social

This is the perfect chance to meet with NANPS directors and other NANPS members over snacks and refreshments. A display of NANPS materials will be available as well as our financial report and info about volunteer opportunities. Awards will be presented. Come a bit early or stay after to explore the Toronto Botanical Garden and adjacent Edwards Gardens and Wilket Creek Park.

 Indigenous Environmental History of Toronto 

  The keynote address will be given by Dr. Jon Johnson, an interdisciplinary community-based scholar,  whose research focuses on Indigenous knowledge and stories of Indigenous presence in the Toronto  region. Jon is a lead organizer for First Story Toronto, an Indigenous-led group that shares Toronto's  vast and rich Indigenous history through tours and a smartphone App.

Date: Saturday November 4, 2017, noon to 4:00 pm
Location: Garden Hall, Toronto Botanical Garden, 777 Lawrence Ave. E, Toronto ON
Open to NANPS members and the general public, refreshments provided. The event is free, but we ask that you register to reserve your spot.

You can make an entire day of it and arrive early for a Native Gardening Workshop from 9:00 - 11:30 am hosted by Parks People. This event is free, but a separate registration is required. Register

We are currently accepting seeds for the 2017/18 Seedex. Your seed donation can be brought to the AGM or mailed to NANPS Seedex, Box 69070, St. Clair PO, Toronto ON, M4T 3A1. Last year's list can be seen here, and info about seed collection is here.  A list of available seeds will be sent to NANPS members in the Fall issue of the Blazing Star. 

Summer Issue of The Blazing
The newsletter has been mailed/emailed early September. If you didn't receive your copy please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . We try our best to get it right every time, but occasionally we have had errors due to misreading the info on the membership forms.

Past event- Bioblitz 

Awesome and educational! Those are the words to describe the BioBlitz in Caledon on June 10 & 11th. Thank you Escarpment Biosphere Conservancy (EBC), Richard Aaron, and to all who participated in the Blitz at the Simmons Nature Reserve. Many flora and fauna species were seen and recorded (exact numbers still have to be tallied). It was hot, sticky, and the mosquitoes were eating us alive, but people were still interested in learning about the wildlife in the reserve. Some of the flora observed included Ninebark, Mountain Maple, Eastern White Cedar, Alternate-leaved dogwood, Red and White trilliums, Wild and Woodland strawberry. Some of the fauna observed included American toad, Wood frog, Red-backed salamander, and Eastern garter snake.

People in field

Richard Aaron, explaining Goldenrod galls to Bioblitz participants. Photo by: Adam Mohamed

Group of people identifying tree species

Bioblitz participants learn to use an ID key to identify tree species. Photo by: Adam Mohamed

Volunteer Opportunities
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