Junior Naturalists still having fun!

Lockdown, physical distancing, and other pandemic-related rules & regulations upended virtually all of TFN’s various programs and initiatives, but few were hit quite as hard as our Junior Naturalists Program. Once a month our Juniors & their parents would take to Toronto’s parks & ravines, learning to appreciate and respect Toronto’s natural heritage through hikes, nature interpretation, stewardship, hands-on activities, and games. Such field trips ended in March, leaving them with only our Junior Naturalists Online Portal to stay connected with each other and to continue to learn together.

Over the past few months, our program leaders have taken some amazing steps to help our Juniors keep learning and growing: Zoom-based nature classes, caterpillar rearing, online games, slideshows of art, poems, photos and stories, and much more. Come and explore what they’ve been up to in the TFN Juniors Blog.

Toronto Field Naturalists wishes to acknowledge this Land through which we walk. For thousands of years, the Land has been shared by the Wendat, the Haudenosaunee, and the Anishinaabe. Toronto is situated on the Land within the Toronto Purchase, Treaty 13, the traditional and treaty Lands of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation. This territory is also part of the Dish with One Spoon Wampum, a covenant agreement between Anishinaabeg, Haudenosaunee, Wendat peoples and allied nations to peaceably share the land and all its resources. Today, the Land is home to peoples of numerous nations. We are all grateful to have the opportunity to continue to care for and share the beauty of this Land.