Toronto Field Naturalists  –  Enjoy and preserve nature with us!
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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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Information for Walk Leaders
This page is dedicated to providing support for walk leaders. If you have problems with any of the resources on here please contact

Submitting a walk proposal
First arrange with the Outings Co-ordinator the time, place and subject of the outing you would like to lead.
Then you can either fill in the online walk description form or download the Word version of the document and email it to
TFN needs 6 weeks notice for a walk to appear in the newsletter.
How to have a successful walk
Print out the Walk Leader Checklist (pdf) and bring it on your walk to remind you of what is expected from a leader.
Review our Walk Leader Guide (pdf) which includes how to prepare and ways of handling challenging situations.
After your walk
Please submit a outing leader's report to the TFN office within a week of your walk.
Use the Comments section to highlight any aspects of the walk that were particularly exciting, interesting or disturbing. This is helpful in writing extracts for the newsletter.
Benefits for participants
and how to achieve them

What leaders hope participants will learn from the outing:
  • Gain an increased enjoyment of nature and heritage.
  • Learn species names and identification.
  • Become interested in bird behaviour, plant attributes, etc.
  • Get knowledge of the areas, access points and routes.
  • Become familiar with the terrain across Toronto and its ecology.
Leaders' suggestions for how to facilitate this:
  • Introduce walkers to new places to enjoy nature.
  • Promote a friendly atmosphere.
  • Consider various knowledge levels.
  • Encourage participation through the sharing of knowledge.
  • Note and photograph interesting sights and environmental threats or damage.
  • Point out special vistas.
  • Reveal secret spots to see special sights.
  • Ask people who know the area if they would like to lead a future outing.