Get to know TFN by exploring our latest news & updates!

Chester Springs Marsh Side View

Chester Springs Marsh Improvements open for comment

Chester Springs Marsh was developed over two decades ago, the first major project of the Task Force to Bring Back the Don. The City is now seeking public feedback on a proposed Conceptual Plan for improvements. Send your comments to by Feb 15, 2019. For more information: Chester Springs Improvements ( Chester Springs Marsh Read More

Rabbit tracks in snow

Notes From Junior Naturalists Event On Jan 12th

Hope you Junior Naturalists enjoyed your morning in Crothers Woods exploring evidence of overwintering insects in wood, galls, on tree trunks and in leaf litter. Special thanks to Taylor Leedahl from the High Park Moth study program, and Meghan Duell and Jackie Lebenzon from the University of Western Ontario, for teaching us everything from how Read More

Montage from At Home with the Infinitely Unpredictable Cedarvale Ravine by Adrian Tenney

This Place: Cedarvale Ravine with Adrian Tenney

For some of us it’s a nearby bit of forest, where we wander past old, familiar trees, enveloped by the calls of birds and the ethereal strands of memory. For others the local park, with benches tucked in the midday shade, watching squirrels make preparation for winter. But wherever this place is, chances are you Read More

Trail in Sun Valley near Crothers Woods

TFN Petition: Adequately Fund the Toronto Ravine Strategy in the 2019 Budget

Do you agree that more needs to be done to protect and improve the ecological health of our ravines? On January 28th, the City of Toronto will officially begin its 2019 Budget Process. TFN has started a petition requesting adequate funding for implementation of the Ravine Strategy and insisting that these funds be used to Read More

Geocache in the Don Valley

The Connected Naturalist: Geocaching

by Jason Ramsay-Brown As the frigid air of winter blows across the city the inspiration to venture out in to nature is diminished for many of us. Naked trees, hibernating creatures, frozen water – there’s a stillness out there, beautiful in its own right, but which softens the siren call of our ravines, valleys, parks, Read More

Featured Video Play Icon

Kanopy Pick For January

Our first Kanopy pick for 2019 is “The Last Reef”, a stimulating look at the largest living structures on our planet. Take an underwater sojourn from the Bikini Atoll to The Bahamas and explore these vast “cities” of coral that habour some of the greatest biodiversity on our planet. The creativity of Oscar- and Emmy-nominated Read More

2018 Youth Summit participants

TFN Sponsorship of 2018 Youth Summit

It was with great pleasure that, back in September, TFN sponsored 5 of the 106 youth who attended Ontario Nature’s 2018 Youth Summit for Biodiversity & Environmental Leadership. Over that weekend, attendees participated in a wealth of activities and workshops, exploring everything from freshwater ecology to affecting political change. Our sponsorship touched the lives of Read More

Cormorant on the water. Copyright Zunaid Khan

Hunting season for double-crested cormorants

Devastated by toxic chemicals only decades ago, Ontario’s population of double-crested cormorants has seen substantial recovery in recent years. The Government of Ontario has put forth a proposal to establish a hunting season for double-crested cormorants (ERO 013-4124) which would let 50 cormorants be killed per hunter every day, with those cormorants killed being permitted Read More

Lion drinking from river © Isak Pretorius

20% off ROM admission for TFN members

Striking wildlife, breathtaking landscapes and the remarkable beauty of our natural world are captured in Wildlife Photographer of the Year. Until March 31, 2019, TFN members save 20% off ROM admission! Buy your tickets online and use promo code: TFN. Further, the ROM invites you to share your captivating images of the natural world for a Read More

Rouge valley wetland

Stop Bill 66

Ontario’s Open for Business Act (Bill 66) threatens our Greenbelt, sensitive natural habitat, and important farmland. Economic and housing opportunities already abound in Ontario cities and towns without the need to bypass protections afforded by important legislation like the Clean Waters Act, Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Act, and Resource Recovery and Circular Economy Act, all Read More