For Armchair Naturalists

For many of us, our commitment to physical distancing means sacrificing some of the time we’d typically be spending outside this time of year. But this shouldn’t stop us from exploring and learning more about our natural world! Make the most of your extra time indoors by taking in some of those amazing documentaries and programs you might have otherwise missed.

TFN’s Toronto Nature Now on CJRU 1280 AM

Nearly 70 episodes of Toronto Nature Now, TFN’s weekly radio segment, are now online! New episodes air Tuesdays at 9:12am on CJRU 1280 AM.

Watch a few docs on Kanopy

Your Toronto Public Library card gives you free access to the Kanopy video-streaming service, providing a wealth of amazing documentaries that you can check out from your favourite armchair! Here’s some suggestions:

Catch up on CBC’s The Nature of Things

Since it first aired in November, 1960, The Nature of Things has become a cornerstone of environmental education for all Canadians. Did you know that there’s an archive of recent episodes that can be watched for free online? Start with Accidental Wilderness: The Leslie Street Spit and then hunt through other episodes at your leisure. To get you started:

There’s always YouTube

If none of the above floats your boat, YouTube is sure to satisfy. For TFN’s Junior Naturalists, look no further than this playlist built just for you. For the young at heart, here’s a few channels we found after a whole 20 seconds of searching:

The Toronto Field Naturalists wish to acknowledge this land through which we walk. For thousands of years it has been the traditional land of the Wendat, the Seneca, and most recently, the Mississauga of the Credit River. Today it is still the home to many Indigenous people from across Turtle Island and we are grateful to have the opportunity to be on this land.