Last Saturday, the Toronto NatureSketch Club spent a beautiful day in High Park learning about the rare Black Oak Savannah. In North America, less than 2% of the original Savannah remains with much of it found here in Southern Ontario. Katrina Maurer was our nature expert this week and she led our group through the Savannah while explaining the wonders we discovered along the way.
We also set out lengths of string along the edge of this habitat for the young artists to travel along and document their observations of plants, trees and wildlife. The caterpillars were especially popular!
After discussing our findings, we left the Savannah for the outdoor classroom and restoration garden located behind the High Park Nature Centre, better known as OURSpace. Along the way one of the children (good eyes AJ!) spotted this Eastern-Eyed Click Beetle.
In OURSpace, the young artists worked on sketching oak leaves and giving back to nature by making and dispersing seed balls around the garden. Everyone did an excellent job with their sketches.
A big thank you to Katrina Maurer! The NatureSketch Club enjoyed learning about the history of the Black Oak Savannah and the flora & fauna residing in this special place.
Up next, we visit a former brickyard and quarry to see how nature has reclaimed this space!
Happy Nature Sketching