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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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Guests are welcome at our walks!
Full information about our walks is available in our newsletter and is a benefit of membership.
We publicize information here on a few walks per month for non-members who might want to join us. Groups should contact us in advance for permission to join a walk since since not all walks are suitable for larger groups.
You may reach us at 416-593-2656 or via email. We are staffed by volunteers so it may take a few days to receive a response. If you are enquiring about a weekend walk please contact us before noon on Friday.
Wear appropriate footwear for walking on trails which may be muddy, steep or uneven. Please thoroughly clean your footwear before each outing to avoid spreading invasive seeds.
Upcoming Walks

Wed, Feb 21 at 10:00 am • ASHBRIDGE'S BAY – Nature Walk

Leader: Doug Paton. Meet at the southwest corner of Lakeshore Blvd. E and Coxwell Ave for a circular walk on mostly paved surfaces. Dress warmly, and bring icers if you have them.

Sat, Feb 24 at 10:00 am • EDWARDS GARDENS & SUNNYBROOK PARK – Nature & Heritage

Leader: Peter Heinz. Meet in front of the glass doors of Toronto Botanical Garden, 777 Lawrence Ave E. at Leslie for a circular walk on mostly unpaved surfaces, flat with some steep slopes and stairs. This is an opportunity to walk the site of the proposed new botanical garden with its expansion into Edwards Gardens. We then head to Sunnybrook Park via the Bridal Path and eventually return to the start through the Wilket Creek ravine. Bring binoculars and suitable footwear for possibly icy conditions. Washrooms at beginning of walk.

Wed, Feb 28 at 1:30 pm • PROSPECT CEMETERY – Nature and Heritage

Leader: Pleasance Crawford. Meet at the cemetery gates on the north side of Rogers Road between Nairn Ave. and Caledonia Road. Take TTC 161 Rogers Road bus westbound from Ossington Station. We will head south into the southern third of the cemetery and then turn north crossing Rogers Road and Kitchener Ave. to end at the bus stop on Eglinton Ave. W. Duration about 1 to 2 hours depending on weather. Bring binoculars.

Sat, Mar 3 at 10:00 am • EARL BALES PARK – Nature Walk

Leader: Stephen Smith. Meet at the corner of Bathurst St and Timberlane Blvd. Walk through the south end of Earl Bales Park looking at reforested fields and natural regeneration. We'll practice identifying trees, shrubs and other plants in winter conditions.

Thurs, Mar 8 at 10:00 am • LYNDE SHORES & CRANBERRY MARSH, WHITBY – Waterfowl

Leader: Stephen Kamnitzer. Meet at the Lynde Shores Conservation Area parking lot, 1285 Victoria St W, Whitby. For more information visit cloca.ca/con_areas/CAlyndeshores.php. A 3-4-hr walk. Bring lunch and coins for parking fee. By car take 401 east to Salem Rd S (exit # 404), drive 1 km to Bayly St (RR 22), then east (left) on Bayly St for 3 km to the conservation area.

Sat, Mar 10 at 10:00 am • CENTENNIAL PARK – Nature Walk

Leader: Claire Bergeron. Meet outside LCBO at Burnhamthorpe Mall. From Islington subway station take Burnhamthorpe bus #50 to Old Burnhamthorpe Rd just past Renforth Rd bus stop. Cross the street to the mall. A 2-hr circular walk. Washrooms available at the Conservatory (approx 20 min from beginning of walk).

Tues, Mar 13 • HUMBER BAY PARK EAST – Waterfowl & early spring migrants

Sat, Mar 17 at 10:00 am • LESLIE STREET SPIT – Birds

Leader: Bob Kortright. Meet at the entrance to the spit at Leslie St and Unwin Ave for a circular walk. Bring binoculars and lunch.

Sun, Mar 18 at 2:00 pm • GARRISON CREEK – Lost Rivers

Leaders: Richard Anderson and others. Meet at the northwest corner of Christie St and Bloor St W near Christie subway station. A 2.5 km linear walk on city streets and park paths following the section of lost Garrison Creek from Christie Pits to Queen St, ending at Trinity Bellwoods Park. A joint outing with Toronto Green Community.

Thurs, Mar 22 • A WALK IN OLD YORK – History & Architecture

Sat, Mar 24 at 10:00 am • PINE HILLS CEMETERY – Nature Walk

Leader: D Andrew White. Meet at the parking lot at 625 Birchmount Rd. A 2-hr walk around the cemetery starting along the southern side. Bring lunch. The focus will be spring tree identification. We shall also look for animals such as the family of foxes that frequent the area.

Wed, Mar 28 • COLONEL SAMUEL SMITH PARK – Birds

Sat, Mar 31 at 1:30 pm • A COOL WALK ALONG THE HUMBER – Nature & History

Leader: Ed Freeman. Meet at the southeast corner of Eglinton Ave W and Scarlett Rd. We will walk south along the Humber River to the Old Mill and Bloor St W. Bring icers if conditions warrant.
Other Walks
  • Layered clothing is a must in winter.
  • Keep your head and hands are warm.
  • Wear warm non-slip boots.
  • Consider using Icers for extra grip.
  • Stick together with the group.
  • A thermos with a hot drink is a good idea!

Guidelines for Participants
  • Read the Naturalists' Code of Ethics.
  • Outings go rain or shine. Check the weather to know what to wear.
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult. Not all terrain is suitable for a stroller.
  • Stay on the paths. Do not pick or collect specimens.
  • Do not bring pets.
  • Please thoroughly clean your footwear before each outing to avoid spreading invasive seeds.
  • Share your pictures on social media with the hashtag #TFNWalk
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