Celebrate from May 13-19, 2018

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Don River Valley Park Walk

Free to Public

Part of the City of Toronto's Ravine Days, this family-friendly celebration of cycling, hiking, and ravine exploration features a refurbished Bike Sale, guided bike rides and hikes through the Don Valley, family activities and tasty food from local vendors. Stay and play, then peruse the opening day of the Sunday Artisan Market.

Meet in front of Bike Works. 

Date: Sunday, May 13
Time: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Location: Evergreen Brickworks  
550 Bayview Ave, Toronto, ON M4W 3X8

Tommy Thompson Park Bird Walk

Free to public

Let an expert birder guide you through this globally significant Important Bird Area, BYOBinoculars! Meet at the Park Entrance and bring waterproof footwear, weather appropriate clothing and water.

Date: Sunday, May 13
Time: 8:00 am - 10:00 am
Location: Tommy Thompson Park - 1 Leslie St, Toronto, ON M4M 3M2, Canada

Mother's Day Brunch & Nature Walk

$34.95 - $49.95

Celebrate Mother’s Day weekend with a delicious brunch followed by a delightful guided springtime nature walk through the beautiful forests at Kortright.

Date: Sunday, May 13
Time: 10:30 am & 1:00 pm
Location: Kortright Centre for Conservation
9550 Pine Valley Dr Woodbridge, ON L4L 1A6

Trillium Park Tour

Free to public

Trillim Park is a new provincial park within the City of Toronto. The Trillium Park and William G. Davis Trail is 7.5 acres of public green space on a spectacular part of Toronto’s waterfront. Previously a parking lot, it’s now full of life, ready to be enjoyed by morning joggers, picnic-goers, strolling families and everyone in between.

Guide: Walter Kehm, Senior Principal, LANDinc. 

Date: Monday, May 14
Time: 1:00 pm
Location: Ontario Place East Entrance
955 Lake Shore Blvd W, Toronto, ON M6K 3B9

Green Infrastructure Twitter Chat


Green Infrastructure Ontario (GIO) Coalition is hosting a Twitter chat on Monday May 14th from 11 am to noon on “how to make green infrastructure the new normal".  

Follow these 3 easy steps to take part in the chat:
1. Introduce yourself when you join the chat and use #GIchat2018 in your tweet
2. Search the hashtag #GIchat2018 to see the questions being asked and answered by industry leaders, and join in the conversation. 
3. Share your knowledge and positive ideas for making green infrastructure the new normal and have fun!


Grey to Green Opening Plenary

Free to Public

Discuss Designing Future Cities with Green Infrastructure with Tye Farrow, Claire Nelischer and Deborah Martin Downs at the FREE opening plenary of the Grey to Green Conference. 

Date: Tuesday, May 15
Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Metro Hall, Room 308/309                                    55 John Street, Toronto, ON M5V 3C6

"Call of the Forest" Free Screening


Take a walk in the woods with acclaimed Irish-Canadian scientist and author Diana Beresford-Kroeger as she reveals our profound human connection to the ancient & sacred northern forests

Date: Tuesday, May 15
Time: 6:30 pm
Location: Toronto Public Library - Annette Street Library
145 Annette St, Toronto, ON M6P 1P3

Advanced LID Design: Bioretention Facilities Workshop

$375 - $399

Green infrastructure, including low impact development (LID) practices, are becoming an increasingly common approach to stormwater management control. Bioretention is one type of LID measure that is designed to treat runoff from paved areas by using the natural properties of soil and vegetation to remove contaminants.

This course is part of the Grey to Green Conference

Date: Tuesday, May 15
Time: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Location: Black Creek Pioneer Village, North York, Toronto

How to Design, Plan and Execute a Low Impact Development Stormwater Monitoring Program


This course is useful for municipal, consulting, conservation authority and other staff involved in the ownership or performance verification of one or more LID/SWM practices, ranging in size from small parking lot retrofits to large treatment approaches

This course is part of the Grey to Green Conference

Date: Tuesday, May 15                                             
Time: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm                               
Location: Black Creek Pioneer Village, North York, Toronto

Biophilic Design Workshop 

$59 - $79

Biophilia refers to humans innate connection to nature. Learn how building design can promote human heath and well-being. This workshop will review the patterns of biophilic design and the supporting science.

This course is part of the Grey to Green Conference

Date: Tuesday, May 15
Time: 8:30 am - 12:30 pm
Location: TBD

Integrated Water Management for Buildings & Sites

$199 - $225

Learn how to significantly reduce the consumption of potable water in buildings with the "Net-Zero Water" Concept developed by GRHC and ASIC.

This course is part of the Grey to Green Conference

Date: Tuesday, May 15
Time: 8:30 am - 12:30 pm
Location: Cooper Koo YMCA, 461 Cherry St, Toronto, ON

Introduction to Rooftop Urban Agriculture

$239 - $265

Ever wondered how to start your own rooftop farm? The Rooftop Urban Agriculture Course will walk you through the process so you know where to start. This course discusses multiple approaches to growing food on rooftops through design and maintenance principles, and case studies drawn from across North America. 

This course is part of the Grey to Green Conference

Date: Tuesday, May 15
Time: 8:30 am - 12:00 pm
Location: TBD

Green Wall 101: Systems
Overview & Design

$239 - $265

Learn key design and construction best practices for green facades and living walls. 

This course is part of the Grey to Green Conference

Date: Tuesday, May 15
Time: 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Location: Chestnut Conference Centre, 89
Chestnut St, Toronto, ON

Grey to Green Feature Tours

$39 - $79

Green Wall Walking Tour | 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Gro-Bark Bus Tour | 12:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Urban Agriculture Tour | 12:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Corktown Common Tour | 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Grey to Green Conference

$99 - $349

Grey to Green features the latest in green infrastructure design, research and policy developments. Learn from impressive keynotes and expert speakers and check out the local companies on the trade show floor. For a free trade show pass click here!

Date: Wednesday, May 16
Time: 8:00 am - 8:30 pm
Location: Chestnut Conference Centre                                 89 Chestnut St. Toronto, ON M5G 1R1

The Bowery Project Planting Event

Free To Attend

The Bowery Project is hosting a free public planting event where you can get your hands dirty and help plan some seeds in their mobile urban farm at Sherbourne and Gerrrard. 

Date: Thursday, May 17
Time: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Location: 307 Sherbourne St. Toronto, ON M5A 2R9

Green Roof Design & Installation

$499 - $524

Green Roof Design and Installation is a full-day course that provides detailed information on green roof benefits and technical standards, as well best practices for design, installation and maintenance.

Instructor: Rohan Lilauwala, Program Manager, Green Infrastructure Foundation

Date: Thursday, May 17
Time: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Location: TBD

Healthy Hospitals Tour


Studies show that the built environment has a profound effect on human health. Explore the relationship between green infrastructure and healthcare at Bridgepoint Active Healthcare and Women's College Hospital.

Guide: Antra Rose, Diamond Schmitt Architects, Martin Valdmanis, IBI Group, Gyana Meera, Perkins Eastman Black, Lori-Jai Colucci, Perkins Eastman Black

Date: Thursday, May 17
Time: 9:30 am - 11:30 am
Location: 1 Bridgepoint Dr, Toronto, ON M4M 2B5

Tour will meet at: Bridgepoint Hospital Main Lobby

STEM Horticulture Fair


High school students and recent grads will learn about post-secondary education, jobs and careers in horticulture, landscaping and urban agriculture. The presenters of the STEM Horticulture Fair will be practitioners in Landscape and Horticulture Trades, and representatives from local colleges offering certificates in these trades.

Date: Friday, May 18
Time: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Location: Winchester Public School Garden (Corner of Rose Ave & Winchester St.)
15 Prospect St, Toronto, ON M4X 1C7

Guelph Seedling Sale


The annual seedling sale will be hosted in partnership with Knetchels Farm and local artisans, 

Date: Friday, May 18
Time: 3:00 - 6:00 pm
Location: St George's Anglican Church
99 Woolwich Street, Guelph, Ontario N1H 3V1

Waterloo Seedling Sale

free to public

The annual seedling sale in partnership with Knetchels Farm and local artisans.

Date: Friday, May 18
Time: 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Location: The Sustainable Market
275 Erb Street E., Waterloo, Ontario N2J 1N6

Toronto's East-End Rain Garden Crawl


Fans of nature's assets will get a look up close at Toronto's east-end stewardship. 5 organizations each have a destination along this dynamic rain garden tour with 20-minute mini-workshops on sustainable-living best practices: soil remediation, energy retrofitting, tree planting, permaculture food, and green roof benefits. The "crawl" moves at an easy-going pace with time for questions, swigs from water bottles, and pauses to soak up the green.  

Guides: Marc Yamaguchi and Ting Wang

Date: Saturday, May 19
Time: 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Location: NW Corner park area of Michael Garron Hospital
825 Coxwell Ave at Mortimer Ave Toronto, Ontario M4C 3E7

Ripple Farms Inc. Farm Tour

Free to public

Ripple Farms is a new Toronto Social Enterprise that uses fish and vertical growing techniques to produce leafy greens. Tour one of their facilities and learn about vertical aquaponic farming in the City of Toronto.

Guide: Steven Bourne, CEO & Brandon Herbor

Date: Saturday, May 19
Time: 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Location: Seneca College Newnham Campus, 1750 Finch Avenue East, Toronto, Ontario M2J 2X5

Tommy Thompson Park Tour

Free to Public 

One of the most interesting characteristics of Tommy Thompson Park (TTP) is that the land on which it lies is completely man-made.

Since the Toronto Harbour Commissioners (THC) initiated construction, millions of cubic metres of concrete, earth fill and dredged sand have been used to create a site that now extends about five kilometres into Lake Ontario, and is more than 250 hectares in size.

Date: Saturday, May 19
Time: 10:00 am 
Location: 1 Leslie St, Toronto, ON M4M 3M2

Meet at the Nature Centre and bring waterproof footwear, weather appropriate clothing and water

Garden at Kimbourne Season Opener and Environmental Fair

Free to Public

Kimbourne Park United Church has turned over its side lawn to Garden@Kimbourne who are developing a permaculture garden to grow local food and connect with the community in the Coxwell/Danforth area

The Environmental Fair will feature exhibitors and a hands-on rain barrel painting activity. 

Date: Saturday, May 19
Time: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Location: Kimbourne Park United Church                                   200 Wolverleigh Blvd

Saturday Farmers Market at Evergreen Brick Works

Free to public

Evergreen Brick Works Farmers Market has grown to become the largest farmers’ market in Toronto and offers healthier food choices while supporting local farmers. Don't forget to walk around the ponds and enjoy the hikes!

Date: Saturday, May 19 
 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Location: 550 Bayview Ave, Toronto, ON M4W 3X8


Dawn Chorus

Free to Public

Calling all early birds: flock to High Park at the crack of dawn for a quiet hike to a secluded spot to hear the morning chorus of birdsong as the sun rises. Tons of songbirds will be passing through during spring migration as Toronto is on a bird superhighway.

Date: May 19, 2018
Time: 5:00 am – 7:00 am
Location: High Park Nature Centre
375 Colborne Lodge Dr. Toronto, ON M6R 2Z3