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Our Mission: Toronto Field Naturalists connects people with nature in the Toronto area.
We help people understand, enjoy, and protect Toronto's green spaces and the species that inhabit them.
 
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Cottonwood Flats Monitoring Project
The TFN is pleased to be partnering with the City of Toronto's Natural Environment and Community Programs section of Urban Forestry on a long-term ecological monitoring program at Cottonwood Flats. Learn more about the project, and the wonderful opportunities to participate available to TFN Members!
TFN Special Projects 2017-2018
Thanks to substantial bequests generously entrusted to us over the years, the TFN is pleased to support member-driven initiatives to further our mission to help people understand, enjoy and protect nature in the city.
These projects are not funded by membership fees or general donations, but are only made possible by specifically designated donations and several substantial bequests we have received over the years.
Funding has been awarded to five projects which were either initiated, sponsored or are being carried out by TFN members.
High Park Moth Study (Richard Aaron): $2,770 to document the abundance, diversity and fight periods of moths in High Park.
Youth Summit Scholarships (Anne Powell): $3,500 to sponsor ten Toronto youth to attend the September ON Nature Youth Summit for Biodiversity & Environmental Leadership.
Junction Tree Project (Rita Bijons) $3,000 to heighten public awareness of tree care and maintenance, evaluate current state of trees in the Junction area and train volunteers who will conduct tree maintenance in the area.
ProtectNatureTO (Sharon Lovett): $2,000 to design logo and website to inform public of PNTO's vision for protection of Toronto's natural areas and vulnerable flora & fauna.
Todmorden Mills Wildflower Preserve Slope Enhancement Project (Paula Davies): $1,200 for the purchase of native trees and shrubs for planting by volunteers on the slope of the Don Valley Parkway at the entrance of Todmorden mills Wildflower preserve.
 
Past Projects
2015-2016 Special Projects Grants
High Park Nature Centre: The TFN will continue to provide support, this year $5,000, for the Family Nature Walks and Nature Clubs for Kids programs, including expanding the Small Wonders and Nature Baby programs, and continuing stewardship of High Park's black oak savannah.
Ontario Nature Nature Guardians Program: A grant of $5,000 to sponsor the Youth Summit for Biodiversity and Community Action, as well as the Youth Council's Winter Leadership Retreat and their Pollinator Protection program.
Toronto Zoo: A TFN grant of $6,900 will be used to help the Adopt-A-Wetland Conservation Program and extend the education program that started with "Terrific Turtles" to "Fabulous Frogs" and "Sensational Salamanders", all part of the "Engaging youth in the protection of nature through turtle education and stewardship" program.
Toronto Botanical Garden: A TFN grant of $4,600 will support the new Urban Nature Ravine Series that aims to stimulate interest in nature by exposing children, youth and families from under-served communities to the natural environment in Toronto's ravines and green spaces.
Royal Ontario Museum: A grant of $7,500 has been given to complete and post the remaining Trees for Toronto webpages, bringing the total to 101 tree species found in Queen's Park, Toronto Islands, Trinity-Bellwoods Park, and High Park.
EcoSpark Environmental Organization: A grant of $6,000 will be used to support the Changing Currents River Study, an outdoor education program for Grade 8-12 students which brings students to local rivers for benthic water monitoring, stewardship and connection to nature.
2014-2015 Special Projects Grants
High Park Nature Centre: The TFN will continue to provide support, this year $10,300, for the HPNC Family Nature Walks and Nature Clubs for Kids programs, including a new program "At Home in High Park" for homeschooled children.
Ontario Nature Nature Guardians Program: A grant of $5000 will continue to sponsor the Youth Summit for Biodiversity and Community Action and to support the Youth Council and their new Pollinator Protection program.
Toronto Wildlife Centre: A donation of $2500 will be used for a program on "Giving orphaned precocial baby birds a second chance at life in the wild", with an emphasis on public education through e-news, webcam and social media.
Forests Ontario: The TFN donation of $5000 will be used to update resources for "Tree Bee", a tree identification and forest awareness program for students in Grades 4-6 with the aim of helping instill a conservation ethic and encouraging young people to explore the forests around them.
Toronto Zoo: A TFN grant of $5000 will be used to help the Toronto Zoo's Adopt-A-Wetland Conservation Program and develop a "Terrific Turtles" education package, as part of the "Engaging youth in the protection of nature through turtle education and stewardship" program.
Toronto Botanical Garden: A TFN grant of $5000 will help support the TBG Kids Outreach programs, including Green Explorer, Green Adventure and Living Winter, all designed to provide opportunities for new Canadians and disadvantaged kids to learn about nature.
Bird Studies Canada: A grant of $5000 to Bird Studies Canada's Urban Bird Program will be used to conduct public bird events and informative workshops to train urban volunteers for participation in citizen science such as Project Feeder Watch, Nighthawk Watch and Swift Watch.
Fatal Light Awareness Program: FLAP's Migratory Bird conservation program received $5000 from the TFN for their education, research, rescue and rehabilitation programs aimed at safeguarding migratory birds in the urban environment.
Heritage York: The TFN grant of $4700 will help establish, and provide educational materials for, a Natural Heritage Specimen Garden of indigenous plants found in the Humber watershed, as described in Catherine Parr Traill's 1866 Canadian Wildflowers.
EcoSpark Environmental Organization: A TFN donation of $2500 will help support the Changing Currents River Study, an outdoor education program for Grade 8-12 students which brings students to local rivers for benthic water monitoring, stewardship and connection to nature.
2013-2014 Special Projects Grants
High Park Nature Centre: This year's TFN grant of $17,000 will contribute to continuing programs such as the HPNC Naturalists Clubs for Kids and Youth and Family Nature Walks, and to two new programs: "Small Wonders" for 5-6 year olds and "High Park Rangers", a stewardship and restoration program for 12-16 year olds.
Ontario Nature Nature Guardians Program: The TFN grant of $10,000 will help support activities which focus on newcomer and low-income youth, helping them to gain knowledge about Toronto's natural areas, participate in outdoor activities, learn conservation skills, and develop leadership abilities.
Toronto Region Conservation Authority: The TFN donation of $4,000 will provide buses for 16 classes from lower income schools where transportation costs might otherwise create a barrier to experiencing the outdoor education programs at the Kortright Centre for Conservation.
Toronto Wildlife Centre: A TFN grant of $10,000 will provide part-time staffing costs and webcam equipment for the new "Window into Wildlife Rehabilitation" program, giving school classes and the public the chance to view current and past coverage of the TWC's wildlife rehabilitation programs with an emphasis on urban wildlife issues.
Rouge Valley Conservation Centre: The RVCC's "Environmental Education for All" program received $4,600 from the TFN this year, contributing toward nature and environmental programs for lower income public schools and home-schooled students from the surrounding communities.
Ontario Forestry Association: A donation of $5,000 will contribute to staffing and other costs of the Toronto Envirothon, a program for high school students that combines teamwork, a province-wide competition focussed on environmental issues and solutions, and the opportunity to be mentored by environmental professionals.
Toronto Zoo Adopt-A-Pond Wetland Conservation Programme: The TFN grant of $6000 will contribute toward staffing costs for development of conservation programming that serves the culturally and ethnically diverse communities in the GTA, as well as providing a transportation subsidy for 50+ youths to attend a conference aimed at engaging young people in employment and volunteer opportunities in the environmental sector, including green technologies and water conservation initiatives.
2012-2013 Special Projects Grants
High Park Nature Centre: This year's TFN grant of $18,000 helped cover costs for staff salaries, program materials and administration for the HPNC's Family Nature Walks program and Naturalist Clubs for Children.
Ontario Nature Nature Guardians Program: This year a $10,000 grant from the TFN helped sponsor the 2012 Youth Summit for Biodiversity and Environmental Justice, as well as six other conservation volunteering events for urban and newcomer youth in the GTA.
Rouge Valley Conservation Centre - Environmental Education for All: The RVCC education programs provide an exposure to nature for youth from the surrounding community. The TFN grant of $10,000 provides a partial subsidy for school groups from lower income areas.
Royal Ontario Museum - Trees for Toronto Web Resources: The goal of this project has been to develop scientifically accurate web pages for tree species growing in the Toronto area. This year's grant of $9672 has been used to develop content for 50-75 additional species, including taking and processing images and web page programming.
Toronto Botanical Garden Living Winter Program: The Living Winter Program is an outdoor education opportunity for grade 4 students from high needs schools throughout Toronto. A TFN donation of $12,500 helped provide staffing, transportation, supplies, warm clothes and healthy snacks for over 1000 students.
Toronto Region Conservation Authority - Kortright School Field Trip Bus Program: The TFN donation of $8,000 provides transportation for 32 high needs schools to attend outdoor education programs at the Kortright Centre for Conservation.
Toronto Wildlife Centre - Helping our local turtles: This year's TFN grant of $6,000 helped the TWC provide medical care and rehabilitation for at least 50 injured at-risk turtles and educate the public about turtle conservation issues using electronic and print media.
2011-2012 Special Projects Grants
High Park Nature Centre: The HPNC is dedicated to promoting respect, appreciation and stewardship in Toronto's natural jewel, High Park. This year's TFN grant of $20,000 helped sponsor Family Nature Walks, School Programs, and fall naturalist clubs for kids, including Knee-High Naturalists, Saturday Morning Club, Rambler's Hiking Club and After-School Club.
Ontario Nature Youth Summit on Biodiversity: The goal of the 2011 Youth Summit was to develop an understanding of provincial biodiversity and sustainability issues among youth. The TFN's donation of $10,000 helped sponsor the keynote speaker, Lisa Glithero, and staffing costs, as well as helping ten young people from the Toronto area attend the Summit.
Royal Ontario Museum - Trees for Toronto Web Resources: The goal of this project has been to develop scientifically accurate web pages for 75-100 tree species growing in the Toronto area. Using the TFN donation of $9,000, the pages will be designed to complement current tree identification projects in Queen's Park, Toronto Islands and elsewhere.
Toronto Botanical Garden Living Winter Program: The TFN donation of $12,500 helped provide staffing, transportation, supplies, warm clothes and healthy snacks for over 1000 students attending this highly-rated, curriculum-based program for Grade 4 students from high-needs schools.
Toronto Region Conservation Authority - Kortright School Field Trip Bus Program: The TFN donation of $12,500 provides transportation for 50 schools to attend outdoor education programs at the Kortright Centre for Conservation.
Toronto Wildlife Centre - Urban Wildlife Education: The TWC is a registered charity that provides wildlife rescue, rehabilitation and education. Every year thousands of people call the TWC's Wildlife Hotline and hundreds of injured animals are brought into their facility in Downsview. The TFN's donation of $10,000 provided extra staffing during the busy summer months, expanding the TWC's capacity to educate the public about wild animals in the Toronto area.
2010-2011 Special Projects Grants
Ontario Nature Youth Summit on Biodiversity: We sponsored five students so they could attend.
High Park Nature Centre: This centre offers year-round outdoor experience-based environmental education programs to park visitors of all ages. TFN's donation of $25,000 was used to develop and deliver three programs:
  • Wild in the City Awareness, a new evening lecture series focused on increasing awareness of current environmental issues affecting High Park.
  • Youth Naturalist Mentorship, a program which targets at-risk, low income and newcomer youth, focusing on gaining naturalist skills, participating in the stewardship of local natural areas, and leadership training.
  • After School Naturalist Club for 8-12 year olds.
We also funded 5 October walks, focused on the wonderous natural environment of High Park.
Rouge Valley Conservation Centre: Transformation of Pearse House into an ecological interactive learning space, including development of a video series of animal life in the park, pictures/displays of animal and plant life in the park and details on the park's cultural heritage. TFN's donation of $10,000 helped pay for display cases, interpretive signs, digital screens, seating, etc.
Toronto Botanical Garden's Living Winter Program: This outdoor education program for grade 4 students from high needs schools in Toronto provides a curriculum-connected learning opportunity that introduces students to the natural habitats of Edwards Gardens and Wilket Creek in winter. TFN's donation of $10,000 provides partial support for staffing, supplies, transportation and administration.
Toronto and Region Conservation Authority: Since 1954, the TRCA has been delivering innovative learning programs in their unique facilities located in and around the GTA. TFN's donation of $25,000 subsidized bus transportation for 100 classes of Toronto school-children who would otherwise be unable to participate in these programs.
Cottonwood Flats Monitoring Program.
Thanks from Youth Summit Attendees. TFN has been sponsoring students for this event since 2010.
Members of the High Park Moth Study Group identifying moths attracted to a light trap (all moths are released unharmed after inspection). Two such traps were acquired with a grant from the TFN. These traps have enabled the group to add dozens of new species to the High Park list, with many more anticipated. To date, the group has recorded nearly 750 moth species in High Park.
Toronto Zoo Adopt-A-Pond Wetland Conservation Programme
High Park Family Nature Walks
Ontario Nature Youth Summit for Biodiversity
Forests Ontario Tree Bee Program
Ontario SwiftWatch Monitoring Program
Toronto Wildlife Community Involvement Program
High Park Winter Naturalist Clubs for Kids
Royal Ontario Museum Trees for Toronto Program
Toronto Botanical Garden Living Winter Program
Toronto and Region Conservation Bus Grant Program
Toronto Wildlife Centre Wildlife Hotline
Rouge Valley Conservation Centre