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Park Watch

Citizen Science in Public Green Spaces

What is Park Watch?

Park Watch is a project developed by EcoSpark, in consultation with Park People and the City of Toronto, to animate Toronto’s public green spaces through citizen science.

The Park Watch project enables volunteers to support
the health and maintenance of public parks and
ravines, foster a stronger connection to our public
green spaces and contribute scientifically meaningful
data at municipal, provincial and national scales.


Park Watch Guide

Park Watch GuideThe Park Watch Guide is a resource to help volunteers lead citizen science activities in public green spaces.

This resource includes a step-by-step guide to facilitating real environmental monitoring projects with people of all ages, citizen science projects, and additional information to help you get started. Contribute bird sightings and other wildlife observations to citizen science databases, identify invasive species, map habitat, and more!

The Park Watch Guide is free for educational use. The focus of this guide is Toronto, Ontario. However, park groups everywhere may find the Park Watch Guide resources helpful for implementing citizen science activities with volunteers and the general public.

The Park Watch Guide opens as a pdf document in a new window.


Park Watch Workshops

Park Watch workshops are in-person opportunities for volunteers to learn about the activities and citizen science projects featured in the Park Watch Guide. At workshops, we provide: 

  1. Hands-on resources for animating public green spaces with citizen science

  2. Exposure to and training on different kinds of citizen science projects

  3. Follow-up staff support to volunteers planning citizen science activities with the public

  4. Opportunities to connect with nature through citizen science!

No Park Watch workshops are currently scheduled. Please check back at a later time.


For more information about Park Watch, please contact:
Sara Bowman, Citizen Science Coordinator 
647-258-3280 x 2003

Thank you for your interest in Park Watch! We hope to see you outside!


This project would not be possible without the generous financial support from TD Friends of the Environment Foundation and our partnership with Park People who assisted in the development of Park Watch.

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