Ranger Katie is a naturalist and outdoor educator. She loves birds, bugs, plants and trees. She works at the High Park Nature Centre and volunteers with 350.org.
(Photo: Greg Francis)
Ranger Natasha is a social innovator, management consultant, artist, resilience activist, neighbour and mum. She is interested in balcony gardening and growing food in the city.
Follow Ranger Natasha at @tashmilijasevic
Ranger Peyton is an elementary school music and science teacher that uses the outdoors as a classroom. He is a musician, ultimate frisbee enthusiast and a children's book author. Check out his book, The Pirate Girl's Treasure, here.
Ranger Jonas owns and operates Ecoman, a local residential landscape and gardening company. He is interested in promoting knowledge-based gardening founded on ecological principles. He is most excited about plants that grow in the cracks of the urban fabric.
Follow Ranger Jonas at @ecomandotca
Ranger Elena spent much of her childhood summers outdoors, swimming, cycling and walking. In high school, when Ranger Elena was asked what she wanted to be when she grew up, she answered 'David Suzuki'. She has studied zoology and ecology, and is a medical librarian at the University of Toronto.
Ranger Leyna's first nature experience was catching and observing minnows, crawfish and frogs while camping with her family. She is an avid birdwatcher, painter and belly dancer. She is a Ph.D. candidate in Women's Studies with a focus on environmental justice in organizations for girls.
Ranger Gwyndaf grew up in West Virgina. Hiking and camping with his parents was a formative childhood experience that taught him to find his centre in nature. He is studying the history of science at the University of Toronto and enjoys rock climbing, hiking and canoeing. Gwyndaf is keen to bring more nature home to urban spaces in Toronto.
Ranger Robert's first nature experience was having a cicada emerge in his hand as a child. He is a Fleming College graduate and avid nature photographer.
See Ranger Robert's photos at flickr.com/RobElliot
Ranger Brian grew up climbing hills and building dams in the highlands of Scotland. From the Isle of Speyside, he now calls Toronto home. He is a writer, photographer and the editor of a music blog.
As a child, Ranger Shawn fondly recalls spending time in her grandmother's prolific flower garden and picking strawberries on Vancouver Island. She is a visual artist, entrepreneur and coordinator of the Logie Place Community Garden. Shawn once witnessed monarch butterflies gathering for their migration to Mexico in downtown Toronto and is keen to help bring butterflies back this summer.
Ranger Nicole grew up in a small village in eastern Ontario where her 'backyard' extended as far as she could explore by foot or bike. She is a project analyst in the telecommunications sector and likes to write, cook and explore the city by bicycle. Nicole looks forward to bringing more nature to the city this year.
Follow Ranger Nicole at @youngwildgreen
Ranger Lea grew up camping with his family in Pinery Provincial Park, canoeing through Algonquin Park and helping out on family farms in Goderich, Ontario. He is a corporate accounts analyst specializing in green-energy friendly companies and is keen to develop green-friendly business programs in support of the Homegrown National Park project.
Ranger Leah is a lawyer with a focus on health industry. She is an adventurous hiker, kayaker and camper that dreams of moving back to the countryside. This year she is eager to bring more nature home to the city by encouraging libraries and faith-based community hubs to green their yards and facilities.
Ranger Julie's earliest nature experience was apple picking on a cold snowy day—a magical and memorable experience when she also lost her first tooth. She is an artist and draftsperson that sews and makes handmade crafts.
Ranger Ashley has studied criminology and philosophy and has a Masters in urban planning. She is a dancer that aspires to connect people to the natural world through body movement. Ashley is also an avid urban farmer, flower-lover and wildcrafter.
Ranger Pratish has a Ph.D. in electrical engineering. He is currently working as a renewable energy researcher and enjoys cycling through the city.
Ranger Katerina got into gardening as a child, learning the joys of growing your own food from her mom. She is keen to learn more about environmentally-friendly gardening and bringing nature home to the city, starting with her own backyard.
Ranger Biz is an educator that grew up swimming in lakes and crawling around the forest. She remains an adventurer that regularly canoes and kayaks through wilderness and closer to home, and would like to continue connecting living communities in those spaces.
Ranger Zita is an 'east coaster' that grew up loving the ocean and exploring the forests of New Brunswick. She is a dance-theatre-circus artist studying performance studies at York University. Her theatre company, Cryptozoology Playground creates imaginative performance on topics relating to human relationships with nature.
Ranger Ari is an historian and philosopher of science. He is the executive director of the Centre for Responsible Brainwave Technologies. Ari is keen to bring green to balconies and high-rise buildings throughout the Homegrown National Park.
Ranger Jo is an artist and graduate of OCAD University. She specializes in mixed media, painting, drawing and sculpting. Jo is currently taking time to slow down and give back to her community.
RANGER WASA WORLD-PEACE
Ranger Wasa World-Peace is an artist and a protector of nature. The current focus of her mission is honey bees and urban farming. Wasa wishes to re-connect the ancient wisdom practices of drumming, beekeeping and meditation into the popular consciousness. She lives to inspire children and adults to bask in the magical aspects of life with gratitude, reverence, playfulness and joy.
Ranger Zack is a grower of food and medicine, collector of plant lore and seeds and a fan of bicycle-powered living and restorative farming. He is passionate about safe cycling in the city and urban restorative farming. Zack is keen to tap local resources and talent to build community. His favourite plant is comfrey, a hardy medicinal herb that has deep roots and makes great compost.