Volunteer Opportunities

The Toronto Field Naturalists Volunteer Program provides a corps of enthusiastic individuals who dedicate time and effort to helping to protect nature in Toronto and to furthering TFN’s mission and mandate. As a volunteer-run non-profit organization, TFN couldn’t do all that we do without you!

Help Needed Immediately

The TFN’s lectures couldn’t happen without the support of a team of volunteers who plan and schedule our amazing speakers. We need more people on this team! Can you help?

We typically host around eight guest lectures per year—not offering lectures in January, June, July or August. During the active months, team members usually meet by Zoom twice per month, including one Sunday afternoon per month (for the actual lecture). We also enjoy an occasional team social event.

If you are interested and want to learn more about what’s involved, please contact Lynn Miller at volunteering@torontofieldnaturalists.org

Ongoing opportunities

Some opportunities are always open to volunteers! Take a look below and let us know if you’re interested in participating.

Walk Leaders

TFN Walks are a core benefit of membership and a primary way TFN meets its mission to connect people with nature, and help them to understand, enjoy, and protect Toronto’s green spaces and the species that inhabit them. We are always looking for new walk leaders! Learn what’s involved and then take to the trails by emailing walks@torontofieldnaturalists.org!

Cottonwood Flats Monitoring Project

Our core team is composed of TFN members with strong flora or fauna identification skills, but the project offers many opportunities for volunteers with a variety of skills and experience levels! Photographers, ambassadors, general observers, and members looking to brush up or improve their ID skills are all encouraged to volunteer. Learn more and come lend a hand by emailing cfmp@torontofieldnaturalists.org!

Stewardship Team

Come help steward either Cottonwood Flats or our amazing Jim Baillie Nature Reserve—a high quality undisturbed swamp forest with a diverse flora and many regionally rare species. Periodic outings include activities like invasive species removal, plantings, trail building and maintenance, our endangered butternut protection project, and more. To participate please email stewardship@torontofieldnaturalists.org.


Published eight times a year since 1938, our Newsletter may be the most treasured benefit of TFN membership! Volunteers help with content creation, proofreading & editing, and newsletter layout & production. To participate please email newsletter@torontofieldnaturalists.org.

Junior Naturalists

Join the team which plans and delivers programming for the TFN Junior Naturalists. Help mentor and educate youth in nature knowledge and stewardship by emailing juniortfn@torontofieldnaturalists.org.


TFN has established a variety of committees to help us achieve our mission & mandate, and to provide our members opportunities to actively engage in issues they’re passionate about. Check out our committees page are reach out to the Committee Chair if you’re interested in participating.