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TFN Juniors Spring 2021 Nature Class #2

Thanks to everyone who shared photos and joined us for our second zoom nature class of Spring 2021. So awesome to be able to come along on your nature outings through the experiences you share in the opening discussion and the photos you contribute to the slideshow. I always learn so much. Spring is progressing Read More

Self-Guided Walk: Best 15 Minute Walk in the City

With some four-hundred identified species of wildflower, shrub, and tree to enjoy, and deep history stretching back to the earliest days of Toronto (York), this might be the best fifteen minute walk our city has to offer. Distance: 600m, circular routeDifficulty: Easy (paved path, mostly flat. One short staircase – see Waypoint #6 below)Washrooms: None Read More

TFN Juniors Spring 2021 Nature Class #1

Hello everyone and thanks for adding photos to our very first slideshow of the Spring 2021 TFN Jrs Zoom Nature class. Please keep it up–we love sharing what you have seen in nature that week. At the class we dissected ‘winter weeds’, the stalks remaining standing at the end of the winter. We were detectives, Read More

TFN Juniors say Good-by to Winter and Hello to Spring

Welcome to our final winter blogpost. Thanks again to everyone who shared amazing sightings with us. March is a wonderful month for waterfowl as the migrants that wintered on the Atlantic coast are passing through Toronto, while our own over-wintering ducks are still here. We are also seeing the earliest songbird migrants–special sparrows, that don’t Read More

OIPC: Garlic Mustard Workshop

The Ontario Invasive Plant Council (OIPC) is offering a virtual workshop on Best Management Practices for dealing with Garlic Mustard! Workshop is two, 2-hour classes, and will be run twice in April. Sign up now Read More

New England Aster in flower

April Newsletter now available

Our April 2021 Newsletter is now available for download, and print copies should be arriving by Canada Post very soon! Features include: Tree of the Month – Eastern cottonwood; Toronto’s Iridaceae and Relatives: Part II; The Flowers that Bloom in the Spring Tra La!; TFN Photography Group; The Art of Mindful Drawing; Leslie Street Spit Concerns; Read More

Natural Garden Exemptions – Have Your Say!

When Nina-Marie Lister’s garden blew up the media in 2020, many TFNers shook their heads in dismay. The City of Toronto had just spent years drafting and passing its official Pollinator, Ravine, and Biodiversity Strategies, and yet Toronto Municipal Code Chapter 489, an antiquated bylaw meant to wag a scolding finger at those Torontonians who Read More

Storytime in the Garden: The Boreal Forest with Lindsey Carmichael

Our friends at the Toronto Botanical Garden will be hosting a family-friendly (ages 6 and up) Zoom Webinar with Lindsey Carmichael, author of more than 20 STEM books for children and young adults! Join this award-winning children’s author as she leads your family in an exploration of the boreal forest – the largest, most northern Read More

TFN Juniors encounter Winter Creatures

What a great winter with an extended cold period and lots of snow that stayed around! Great to see the TFN Juniors exploring Toronto’s green spaces and finding the cool creatures that live in our ravines. Please have a look at the video below, to share in their discoveries. Part way through the video there Read More

New England Aster in flower

March Newsletter now available

Our March 2021 Newsletter is now available for download, and print copies should be arriving by Canada Post very soon! Visit our Members Only section now! The access password for our Members Only area is provided in every email that announces the release of a new issue of our newsletter. If you have misplaced the Read More