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United Way Toronto is teaming up with Evergreen City Works to make your city a better place to live. Through their 100 in 1 campaign, they are spreading the love with 170 events across the city that bring the changes they wish to see in the city. Pet your neighbor, visit the hugging station, join in the giant slip and slide, blow bubbles in the park or plant a tree. There are so many awesome events taking place and there’s definitely something for everyone! We have chosen our favorite ones that showcase the amazing green spaces we are so lucky to have.
Gratitude Gardens: Learn about and participate in growing food locally at Moss Park, as well as actively expressing gratitude. On June 7 we will establish a number of Gratitude Gardens in Moss Park. The vision is to promote citizen engagement in learning more about, and participating in growing food locally, as well as actively expressing gratitude. There will be plots and pots that have been prepared to support growing plants, as well as tools necessary for planting. A variety of herbs and edible flowers will be provided for participants to plant. Participants can learn about the nutritional and/or medicinal benefits of the plants as they decide which one they will plant. They will also receive a stake for their plant on which they will write the name of someone for whom they wish to express gratitude.
Ravine Scavenger Hunt: Toronto has the largest networks of ravines of any city in the world. They are so integral to our city, not only environmentally, but culturally. Without them, the city would feel empty. Discover the wonders of the ravines with the Nordheimer Ravine in a good old fashion scavenger hunt. Walk the trail, find hidden objects, decipher clues and learn about the natural and historical wonders of the ravines!
Homegrown National Park Project from 11am-2pm join a collective of Homegrown National Park Rangers at Humber Bay Butterfly Habitat for a fun afternoon of art, learning and community building. At this free, drop-in event engage your senses by observing and learning about urban nature from a seasoned horticulture specialist. Paint, draw, sculpt, build, write about nature with the guidance of a local Toronto artist. No artistic experience is required to participate.
Veggie Parade: attended by hundreds each year, rain or shine, the Toronto Veggie Parade is a volunteer-run, inclusive, and positive celebration of plant-based living. This year, the parade will travel along Bloor Street beginning at Yonge and ending at Christie, close to the site of the Toronto Raw/Vegan Festival (free admission) at 918 Bathurst St. Event starts at 11am.