The Centre’s Backyard
The Ontario Science Centre is perched on the edge of the scenic Don River Valley. Everything from the building's construction to what you see out the windows embraces elements of nature. Explore outside and inside – and our online connections too!
Sights, sounds and stories straight from the exhibit floor…
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Check out our vintage Science Centre video, circa 1970.
Hear why leaves change colour in this Science Centre podcast.
Our green roof? Find out what's 'growing on" in this podcast.
Learn how to create a butterfly garden.
Find out more about North American birds.
Play our online science game "Croaker Concentration".
See what's in the nest with these Bird Cams.
Explore more of Toronto's green space by taking a Discovery Walk.
Look out our windows to see the effects of natural forces like glaciation and erosion on our landscape. Travel 4.6 billion years along the Level 2 Geological Bridge to examine meteorites, ancient corals and a petrified tree.
Function and Form
Architect Raymond Moriyama designed the Science Centre to suit the landscape, by bringing the outdoors in. Look for nature’s influence in the materials, and how the building flows down hillsides and across ravines.
Singin' in the Centre
Listen to birdsong while you take in the view of our Green Roof and urban woodland from the escalators. In spring, look for trilliums and compare their shape to our logo design. See the resemblance?
A variety of wildlife is at home in the Science Centre's backyard, such as deer, rabbits, squirrels, raccoons, coyotes, foxes and groundhogs – can you spot one of them?
Explore a "tree"mendous new area on Level 6 for an in-depth look at forests in their many forms – from the 20-cm small Arctic Willow to the 200-year-old Black Spruce to the giant stump of a 67-m high Sitka Spruce.
Toronto is located on the Mississippi Flyway – a key travel corridor for migrating birds. What birds will you spot refuelling at our Science Centre feeders? Pictured here is a Northern Flicker!
Visit the outdoor native plant garden on Level 6 — it provides food, shelter and water to local birds, insects and mammals year round. In the winter, join us for Project FeederWatch, as we identify and tally local birds.
In the summer, join a nature walk in the Science Centre's backyard – a stone’s throw from the Don River. Listen for frog mating calls and look for signs of beavers at work while you explore the city’s wild side!
Our BIG Backyard
In 1954, Hurricane Hazel swept through Toronto, causing severe flooding and damage. As a result, the city's ravines and valleys became protected parkland, including our "backyard". Enjoy it by following one of the outdoor paths.