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Our Mission: Toronto Field Naturalists connects people with nature in the Toronto area.
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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

Sat, Nov 11 at 10:00 am • GUILD WOODS & GARDENS – Fungi, Flora & Fauna

Leader: Bob Kortright. Meet at the west end of Guild Inn parking lot for a circular walk on mostly unpaved surfaces, flat with some steep slopes. We will explore the flat Guild woods and gardens for fungi and flora before going down the hill to view the lake and bluffs. Bring binoculars. Washrooms at beginning of walk.

Wed, Nov 15 at 10:30 am • ST JOHN'S CEMETERY, NORWAY – Trees, Nature & Heritage

Leader: Joanne Doucette. Meet at the entrance to the cemetery on Kingston Rd just west of Woodbine Ave for a circular walk on mostly paved surfaces with gentle slopes. No washrooms.

Sat, Nov 18 at 10:00 am • HUMBER BAY PARK EAST – Trees & Nature

Leader: D Andrew White. Meet on the south side of Lake Shore Blvd W at Marine Parade Dr/Park Lawn Rd for a circular walk. Bring lunch if you wish and binoculars. No washrooms.

Sun, Nov 19 at 1:00 pm • AUTUMN DUCK WALK THROUGH CROTHERS WOODS – Lost Rivers Walk

Leader: John Wilson. Meet at Leaside Park, Millwood Rd and Overlea Blvd at the north end of the Leaside Bridge. A joint outing with Toronto Green Community, Thorncliffe Park Women's Committee and Evergreen. A linear walk along forested trails in the Don Valley to the Beechwood and Cottonwood Flats area where we'll tour the natural features of this riverside wonderland and look for the ducks that winter in the area. We will then board a bus in the valley, courtesy of Evergreen, that will return us to the starting point. No washrooms.

Sat, Nov 25 at 10:00 am • THOMSON MEMORIAL PARK – Nature Walk

Leader: Jonathan Harris. Meet at the parking lot off of Brimley Rd north of Lawrence Ave E for a 2-3 hr circular hike with an option to continue on a linear route northwest along west Highland Creek up to Ellesmere Rd.

Wed, Nov 29 at 10:00 am • ASHBRIDGE'S BAY – Birds

Leader: Anne Powell. Meet at the southwest corner of Coxwell Ave and Lake Shore Blvd E for a circular walk on mostly paved flat surfaces. No washrooms. Bring binoculars.

Sat, Dec 9 at 1:00 pm – DOWNSVIEW PARK

Leader: Rachel Gottesman. Meet at the main entrance to the park on Sheppard Ave W at John Drury Dr for a circular walk. We'll look at some old trees and new plantings and discuss development in the park. TTC access by bus #84B, 108B or 106 westbound from Sheppard West subway station. Parking on Canuck Dr inside the park.

Wed, Dec 13 at 10:00 am – E.T. SETON PARK

Leader: Miles Hearn. Meet at the southwest corner of Overlea Blvd and Thorncliffe Park Dr (east branch which is on the eastern side of East York Town Centre shopping mall) for a circular walk. Take a Don Mills #25 or Thorncliffe Park #81 bus north from Pape subway station. About a 15 minute ride.

Thurs, Dec 21 at 10:00 am – GARRISON CREEK

Leader: Doug Paton. Meet at Christie Pits Park across from Christie subway station for a linear walk ending at the lake.

Sat, Dec 23 at 10:00 am – LESLIE STREET SPIT, TOMMY THOMPSON PARK

Leader: Charles Bruce-Thompson. Meet at the park entrance at the foot of Leslie St for a circular walk along the peninsula. Depending on the weather, we shall walk at least as far as the bridge on Cell 3, returning by way of the eastern trail around cells 1, 2 & 3. About 3 hours. Washrooms available. You can drop out at any point and head back along the road. Bring binoculars and lunch if intending to stay for the entire walk. Take the #83 bus from Donlands subway station to Commissioners and Leslie. Parking available.

Thurs, Dec 28 at 10:30 am – GLEN STEWART RAVINE

Leader: Joanne Doucette. Meet at the northwest corner of Queen St E and Glen Manor Dr for a linear walk with mostly unpaved and uneven surfaces and some steep slopes and stairs. Washrooms at end of walk.

Wed, Jan 10 at 10:00 am – COXWELL RAVINE & TAYLOR CREEK PARKS

Leader: Paul Abell. Meet at the upper benches in Cullen Bryant Park just north of O'Connor Dr and Coxwell Blvd for a circular walk with stairs and mostly unpaved and uneven surfaces with some steep slopes. While walking the informal and formal trails of Coxwell Ravine Park and the downstream portion of Taylor Creek Park, we will learn about the ravine's trees and ways we can decipher them in the field by observing their bark and buds. No leaves required! Bring binoculars and magnifying glasses. Dress accordingly for the weather. Please be aware the snow on the trails in Coxwell Ravine and Taylor Creek Parks is often compacted by multiple users, slippery and, depending on the weather, very icy. Ice cleats for winter or trekking-boots are strongly recommended. Snowshoes and trekking poles can also be helpful.

Thurs, Jan 18 at 9:45 am – TORONTO ISLANDS

Leader: Doug Paton. Meet at the ferry docks at the foot of Bay St in time for the 10 am ferry to Ward's Island. You can buy ferry tickets online. Bring lunch.

Sat, Jan 27 at 10:00 am – E.T. SETON, SERENA GUNDY & SUNNYBROOK PARKS

Leader: Ken Sproule. Meet in the parking lot at the entrance to Wilket Creek Park on Leslie Street just north of Eglinton Ave E for a circular walk of approximately 2 hrs through E T Seton, Serena Gundy and Sunnybrook parks on mostly unpaved trails. Possibly some hills to climb, not too steep. Bring binoculars. Winter conditions.

Wed, Jan 31 at 10:00 am – CEDARVALE RAVINE

Leader: Miles Hearn. Meet at the north entrance to St Clair West subway station on Tichester Rd just east of Bathurst St for an easy circular walk on a paved trail.
Other Walks
  • Waterproof jacket in case it rains.
  • Long pants to protect your legs and keep you warm.
  • Hiking boots with good traction in case of mud.

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.
  • Share your pictures on social media with the hashtag #TFNWalk
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