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Guests are welcome at our walks!
Full information about our walks is available in our newsletter and is a benefit of membership.
We publicize information here on a few walks per month for non-members who might want to join us. Groups should contact us in advance for permission to join a walk since since not all walks are suitable for larger groups.
You may reach us at 416-593-2656 or via email. We are staffed by volunteers so it may take a few days to receive a response. If you are enquiring about a weekend walk please contact us before noon on Friday.
Wear appropriate footwear for walking on trails which may be muddy, steep or uneven. Please thoroughly clean your footwear before each outing to avoid spreading invasive seeds.
Upcoming Walks - 2016

Wed, June 1 • WEEDS PART 2

Wed, June 1 • ALDERVILLE BLACK OAK SAVANNAH – Lupines in Bloom

Sat, June 4 at 1:30pm • SCARBOROUGH BLUFFS – Nature & Heritage

Leader: Ed Freeman. Meet at the southeast corner of Birchmount Rd and Kingston Rd for a circular walk on mostly unpaved surfaces, mainly flat. We will walk south along Springbank Ave, in Rosetta McClain Gardens, along Fishleigh Dr and into Scarborough Bluffs Park returning via Undercliff and Romana Drives. Washroom in Rosetta McClain Gardens. Bring camera and binoculars.

Sat, June 4 • GATES GULLY – Family Walk

Sun, June 5 • HUMBER RIVER – Nature Walk

Tues, June 7 • YORK CEMETERY – Trees



Sun, June 12 • HIGH PARK – Trees and Shrubs

Tues, June 14 • ROUGE PARK & THE WATERFRONT TRAIL – Birds & Natural History

Thurs, June 16 • HENRY FARM & BETTY SUTHERLAND TRAIL – Evening Ramble

Sat, Jun. 18 • WILKET CREEK – Nature Walk

Sun, Jun 19 at 2:00 pm • THE LAURENTIAN CHANNEL – A Long Lost River

Leaders: Helen Mills, Bill Clarke and Paul Overy. Meet at the southwest corner of Bloor St W and Indian Rd (2 blocks east of Keele St) for a linear walk on mostly unpaved and uneven surfaces with gentle slopes, some steep slopes and stairs. We will explore the origin, course and significance of one of the remaining ancient rivers in southern Ontario, which continues to flow today. Deep underground, it links Georgian Bay to Lake Ontario, passing under High Park. Its waters were unexpectedly brought to the surface by city workers in 2003, and tell the story of its source and significance. Approximately 2 km, some along city streets but mostly within High Park, ending near Spring Creek within an easy walk of Howard Park streetcar loop. Moderate difficulty. Wear appropriate footwear for soil paths which may be muddy. A joint outing with Toronto Green Community.

Tues, June 21 • BUGS & CRAYFISH IN THE HUMBER – Exploration of Benthic Biodiversity

Wed, June 22 at 10:00 am • BUTTERFLIES AT THE BLUFFS – Birds, Insects & Plants

Leader: Bob Kortright. Meet at Ravine Dr, 100 metres south of Kingston Rd at the head of Doris McCarthy Trail for a 3-4 hour linear walk ending at the Guild Inn. Gentle slopes, some steep, mostly unpaved and uneven surfaces. The sheltered south-facing slopes of Gates Gully, through which the Doris McCarthy trail passes, are good for June butterflies. We'll discuss Scarborough waterfront proposals. The Guild Inn park and woods provide more territory to explore for those with the energy to do so. Bring lunch and binoculars. Washrooms at end of walk.

Sat, Jun 25 • CROTHERS WOODS & SUN VALLEY – Nature Walk

Sun, June 26 • WINDFIELDS PARK – Nature Walk

Wed, June 29 • ROUGE PARK – Birds & Wildflowers

Thurs, June 30 • CHERRY BEACH & BEYOND – Evening Ramble

Other Walks
  • Wide brimmed hat for sun protection.
  • Long pants to protect your legs from thistles, poison ivy & ticks.
  • Water, sun screen and insect repellent.
  • Hiking boots or running shoes.

Guidelines for Participants
  • Read the Naturalists' Code of Ethics.
  • Outings go rain or shine. Check the weather to know what to wear.
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult. Not all terrain is suitable for a stroller.
  • Stay on the paths. Do not pick or collect specimens.
  • Do not bring pets.
  • Please thoroughly clean your footwear before each outing to avoid spreading invasive seeds.