Traditionally, TFN Lectures are open to everyone. In response to the pandemic, however, our lectures are currently open only to Members and are conducted online. Members are directed to our Members Only section for additional information.

From September to May, TFN hosts eight monthly talks & lectures by noted experts, exploring everything from nature in the city to global environmental issues. Recent lectures have included Dog-strangling Vine (Stuart Livingstone), Rethinking Beauty: Inspiring Gardeners in a Changing World (Paul Zammit), and Ethics in Wildlife Photography (Mark Peck). Lectures are held in Emmanuel College or Northrop Frye Hall on the University of Toronto campus (Victoria College), just outside Museum TTC station, and are wheelchair accessible. Reports on past talks are published in our newsletter for the benefit of those who may have missed them.

Visitors are always welcome and no admission fee is charged. Social time from 2:00 pm. Lectures start at 2:30 pm.

Upcoming Lectures

Sept 12, 2021 at 2:30 pm
The Secret Lives and Superpowers of Spiders
Catherine Scott, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Toronto (Scarborough)

October 3, 2021 at 2:30 pm
New Discoveries in Songbird Migration
Dr. Bridget Stutchbury, Dept. of Biology, York University, and author of the book Silence of the Songbirds

November 7, 2021; 2:30 pm
Toronto Islands: their Natural Heritage
Bob Kortright, former TFN president and well-known local naturalist
Also invited: City of Toronto

December 5, 2021 at 2:30 pm
Piping Plovers in Ontario
Andrea Gress, Ontario Piping Plover Program Coordinator, Birds Canada/Oiseaux Canada

February 6, 2022 at 2:30 pm
Ontario’s Caribou
Dr. James Schaefer, Dept. of Biology, Trent University