Each year TFN offers its members eight free Zoom talks by noted experts, exploring everything from nature in the city to global environmental issues. Recent lectures have included New Discoveries in Bird Migration (Dr. Bridget Stutchbury), The Secret Lives and Superpowers of Spiders (Catherine Scott), Toronto’s Water, Energy and Waste Systems (Mariko Uda), and Salamander-Eating Pitcher Plants (Patrick Moldowan).

Talks are presented Sunday afternoons at 2:30 pm, from September to May with audience discussion time. Visitors are always welcome and no admission fee is charged. Members can also access Zoom links for upcoming talks on the “For Members” web page, where recordings of past lectures are also available.


Free Lecture – Unlocking Potential for Funding New Parks in TorontoDate: Dec 04, 2022 @ 14:30Meeting Location: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/85148719082?pwd=K1dEQndvNExGc1VCcVcxMThoekloUT09 - Expanding Toronto’s parkland will require significant funds for acquisition of privately owned land. The Ontario Planning Act contains provisions that require developers to give land for municipal parks or provide cash-in-lieu (CIL) for their projects. As of 2019, the balance in Toronto’s reserve fund for CIL projects was $222 million. Accessing and spending those funds Read More

Upcoming Lectures

Feb 5, 2023 at 2:30 pm (Zoom only)
Weeding out Phragmites; What’s Working?
Panel includes Dr. Janice M. Gilbert, Founder and E.D of Invasive Phragmites Control Centre; Lynn Short, Environmental Stewardship Coordinator, Humber College and other experts

March 5, 2023 at 2:30 pm (Zoom only)
Eastern Coyote – a Successful Eco-Influencer
Lesley Sampson; Co-founding Executive Director, Coyote Watch Canada

April 2, 2023 at 2:30 pm (Zoom only)
Ontario Turtle Conservation Centre; Fieldwork and Program
April DeJong, Research Coordinator, OTCC

May 7, 2023 at 2:30 pm (Zoom only)
Underground Invaders: Centuries of non-native earthworms and New “Jumping Worms”
Dr. Michael McTavish, Postdoctoral Researcher, U. of T.