For as little as $30 a year (or free, if you’re under 26 years old), TFN is your passport to nature in Toronto. Members enjoy a robust and diverse program of guided nature walks, informative lectures, stewardship & citizen science opportunities, our wonderful newsletter, and help TFN to protect and advocate for nature in Toronto! The benefits don’t stop there – take a moment to learn more and decide if membership is right for you!
Explore new places and discover new species
TFN has been leading guided nature walks for nearly a century: we established the first urban nature trail in all of Canada, located in Sunnybrook Park! Members continue to benefit from this tradition. During the pandemic we have offered on average 6-9 walks per month, led by knowledgeable volunteers who enjoy sharing their passion for nature. Walks happen year round, all days of the week, in all areas of the city, and cater to a wide range of comfort and fitness levels.
Learn from the experts
From September to May, TFN members are invited to monthly talks & lectures by noted experts, exploring everything from nature in the city to global environmental issues. Talks are held in Emmanuel College or Northrop Frye Hall, only steps from the Museum TTC station. Recent topics have included Ontario’s Amphibians, Moths of Thickson’s Woods, and Ethics in Wildlife Photography. Full reports on our talks are available in our newsletter for those who missed them.
Get your hands dirty
TFN has engaged in environmental stewardship & citizen science in Toronto since long before such terms became trendy! From the city’s first Checklist of Toronto Birds, to our ravine surveys of the 1970s, to our current Cottonwood Flats Monitoring Project, with all the tree plantings and invasive pulls in-between, TFN continues to help our members make meaningful contributions to the understanding, protection, and restoration of nature in Toronto. Further, thanks to substantial bequests generously entrusted to us over the years, TFN also owns and maintains 170+ hectares of private nature reserves & environmentally sensitive wetlands, protecting vital habitats and endangered species.
Protect Nature in Toronto
TFN members are given many opportunities to Take Action in protecting Toronto’s green spaces and the species that inhabit them. Members of our Action Committee circulate important environmental news, create petitions, collaborate with other organizations to address issue of concern, and sit on numerous advisory councils, community associations, and stakeholder groups, helping to advocate for nature, raise environmental awareness, and inform decision-making.
Kick back and read a little
Members receive eight issues of our newsletter, Toronto Field Naturalist each year: a magazine providing articles on nature in Toronto, spotlights on species, environmental news, nature photography, and detailed information about upcoming walks, lectures, and other TFN events. Past issues are available online for anyone to read.
Make it a family thing
Our Junior Naturalists Program provides learning experiences for people aged 6 to 14, aimed at connecting them with nature and helping them to understand, enjoy, and protect Toronto’s green spaces and the species that live there. Through hikes, nature interpretation, stewardship, hands-on activities, and games, Junior Naturalists explore all aspects of our natural world, learning to appreciate and respect our natural heritage.
Junior Naturalists can continue their learning from home by visiting our online program which offers fascinating nature videos, downloadable brain teasers, and printable nature scavenger hunt sheets made to inspire further exploration of nature in our city with family and friends.
Make new friends
TFN is not just an association, it’s a community. A chat on the trail, some socializing at lectures, connecting the kids at a Junior Naturalists outing, sharing some photos hashtagged #TFNWalk, or dropping by the office on a Friday morning, TFN gives you the opportunity to enjoy experiencing and learning about nature together with other nature lovers.
Don’t take our word for it – the best way to discover the benefits of TFN membership is to experience it for yourself. Join now and we’re certain you’ll be a member for life. How certain? Our longest-standing members have been TFNers for over 60 years – that’s how certain!