Let’s celebrate our planet together at Downsview Park!
We invite you to join us in celebrating our planet and the environment on April 23rd, 2023, at the Play Zone at Downsview Park. This event is free to the public.
Bring your family and friends to enjoy some hands-on activities, opportunities to learn and connect with our education staff, vendors, and much more. This event is a great opportunity to learn about ways to reduce your environmental footprint, connect with like-minded individuals and organizations, and celebrate our planet.
We encourage you to sign up on Eventbrite to let us know you’re coming! Registration will be required to attend certain activities.
Save the date! We look forward to seeing you there!
Here's the list of activities for the day:
There will be two sessions:
Session 1: 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Session 2: 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
*Registration will be required to attend. You only need 1 ticket per family. Please arrive 10 minutes before the session. Information about planting location will be provided closer to the day. All equipment will be provided. No experience necessary. Please double check what time you have signed up for.
Please sign up here.
Birds of Prey with Wild Ontario
Wild Ontario is based out of the University of Guelph, and they provide exciting live-animal and environmental education programs throughout the province. Visit their booth on Earth Day for a live birds of prey display.
Trishaw rides offered by Cycling Without Age
Go on a trishaw ride around the Circuit Path! Our Greenway Conservancy is back with their program “Cycling Without Age.” The objective of the program is to provide seniors and less able-bodied people with free rides on a specialized bike called a trishaw. Experience it yourself at Earth Day 2023!
*Registration will be required to attend. Only 18 sessions available. Please sign up here.
Painting Activity by North York Arts
Led by Cara McArthur, join North York Arts to paint on a large fabric canvas. Open to all ages with no experience needed.
North York Arts is a non-profit and registered charity. They collaborate with artists, arts organizations, and partners to develop, strengthen, and promote cultural programming and initiatives for North York communities.
Guided Nature Walks by Toronto Field Naturalists
Toronto Field Naturalists will be guiding two nature walk sessions to talk about invasive species, ethical birding and more.
Toronto Field Naturalists is a volunteer-run non-profit and a member of the province-wide Ontario Nature network of naturalist organizations. They connect people with nature in the Toronto area. To help people understand, enjoy, and protect Toronto’s green spaces and the species that inhabit them.
*Registration will be required to attend. Two sessions available. Please sign up here.
Bicycle Repairs by Cycle York
Cycle York will be offering free minor bike repairs at the event! Ride your bike in (if you can) and tune it up in time for warming cycling weather.
Cycle York Community Bike Centre located in the Black Creek neighbourhood of Toronto. They are a DIY community bike space, a cycling advocacy, education and social group running under Regenesis York that works towards advocating for cyclists’ needs and services in the community. They offer free access to repair facilities and mechanic instructors, and offer cycling-related events such as bike rides, learn-to-rides and workshops.
Litter Pick Up from Pollution Probe
Pick up your litter pick materials from the Pollution Probe booth and help clean up the park! We suggest going along Keele, west side of the park, across the bridge to William Baker Woodlot and by the Lake and Orchard.
Thanks for your help in advance!
Seedball Making with Save Soil
Get your hands dirty and make some seedballs with Save Soil. You can toss them in your neighbourhood after you let it dry. Don’t worry we will have some hand washing stations nearby!
Women’s clothing collection with DRESSRESPONSIBLY
DRESSRESPONSIBLY will be collecting women’s clothing at Earth Day. If you have some clothes taking up space in your closet, please bring it with you!
Unfortunately, they are only able to accept women’s clothing at this time.
DRESSRESPONSIBLY’s purpose is to connect women and achieve sustainable solutions through the exchange process. They have hosted over 16 Clothing Swaps and have served over 5,000 diverse women, donated fashions and wellness essentials to women’s charities and organizations.
Earth Day Scavenger Hunt
Be sure to come to our Downsview Park tent to scan the QR code for the scavenger hunt! By participating you have a chance to win one of these fantastic prizes:
- Doggy gift basket by Juno’s Grooming
- Toronto Zoo (Family pass 4 pack)
- Downsview Park gift basket
More fun things!
- Juno’s Grooming will be offering nail trimming for $10
- Toronto Beekeepers sampling and beehive tour
- Campfire with free roasted marshmallows
- Market and food vendors
Where can I park my car?
We encourage you to reduce your environmental footprint by walking, biking or taking public transit to our event. 😊 However, we understand that driving may be a more accessible option.
If you do come by car, please park on the gravel pad (P1) by the Festival Terrace. To get there, turn onto John Drury Dr from Sheppard Ave West, and then continue straight at the intersection of John Drury Dr and Carl Hall Rd. Once you hit Canuck Ave, turn left onto the gravel pad!
Please note that our parking lot by the Play Zone will be closed as this is where the event will be taking place.
Is this event accessible? Will there be accessible parking?
Yes! People of all abilities will be able to enjoy Earth Day at Downsview Park. Limited accessible parking (A1) will be available in the loop north of 70 Canuck Ave.
Will there be washrooms and water fountains?
Yes. Washrooms, handwashing stations and water fountains will be available. Please bring a reusable bottle as you can refill water at our water trailer.
Can I bring my dog?
Yes! Earth Day at Downsview Park will be a dog-friendly event. Our only requirement is that your dog is kept on a leash at all times.
What if it rains?
This event is rain or shine! If lightning and thunder occurs, the event will be cancelled. We will monitor the weather.
If you’re interested in becoming a vendor or sponsor, please get in touch with us as soon as possible via the link below.
Apply to be a vendor or sponsor
More events in the Park
Jr. Forest Explorers
Parkrun is a free, weekly, timed 5k run/jog/walk every Saturday at 9:00 am. Open to all ages and all abilities – each week a Tail Walker will be present, so you will never be last. This event is organized by parkrun volunteers.