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Our Mission: Toronto Field Naturalists connects people with nature in the Toronto area.
We help people understand, enjoy, and protect Toronto's green spaces and the species that inhabit them.
 
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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

Thurs, Sept 28 • HUMBER BAY PARK EAST – Birds

Sat, Sept 30 at 10:00 am • LESLIE STREET SPIT – Birds, Trees & Plants

Leader: Stephen Kamnitzer. Meet at the gate to the park at the foot of Leslie St for a circular leisurely exploration of the Spit. Hopefully we will get as far as the tip of the seldom-visited southeast peninsula. You will be able to drop out anytime by walking back along the road. Bring lunch, binoculars and a rain jacket. Mostly paved surfaces, mainly flat with gentle slopes, no stairs. Washrooms at beginning of walk. TTC access: Take the #83 Jones bus south from Donlands subway station to Commissioners St and walk south, or take the #501 Queen streetcar to Leslie St (a longer walk south).

Wed, Oct 4 at 10:00 am • HIDDEN PATHS TO TODMORDEN & THE BRICKWORKS – Nature Walk

Leader: Vivienne Denton. Meet outside Broadview subway station for a circular walk on mostly unpaved and uneven surfaces with some steep slopes and stairs. We will walk via backstreets to the hidden entrance to Todmorden Wildflower Preserveand then from the preserve up hill on the remains of old Pottery Road to the top of the Brickworks Park hill. We will end at the Brickworks where participants can stop for lunch or take the free bus back to Broadview station. In the event of bad weather we can take a gentler route. Bring lunch or a snack and wear good boots.

Sat, Oct 7 • G. ROSS LORD PARK FROM SOUTH TO NORTH – Nature Walk

Mon, Oct 9 • E. T. SETON PARK – Nature Walk

Thurs, Oct 12 • COLONEL SAMUEL SMITH PARK – Birds

Sat, Oct 14 at 10:00 am • HUMBER RIVER: HURRICANE HAZEL ANNIVERSARY

Leader: Madeleine McDowell. Meet at Old Mill subway station and explore the Humber between Bloor and Dundas Streets for evidence of one of Canada's worst flood disasters and its shadow on our world now. Possibly see some salmon leaping and some remnants of past cultures, along with our current 21st century one as it evolves on Mother Earth under Hazel's lasting influence. Stairs down at Bloor, but they can be avoided by individuals who wish to make an optional detour. End at Lambton House with some tee. #55 Warren Park bus stops at the door and goes to Jane subway station. Bring snacks or lunch and binoculars.

Sun, Oct 15 at 1:00 pm • BLACK CREEK, BLUEBELL CREEK, LAVENDER CREEK – PAST, PRESENT & FUTURE – Lost Rivers

Leaders: Reno King, Helen Mills, Tanya Connors and Friends. Meet at the corner of Cliff Street and Alliance by the TTC bus stop. Come hear about the dreams of the the Black Creek Alliance to restore life to Black Creek and reduce flooding problems in this flood-prone neighbourhood. Along the way we will discover remnants of Lost Bluebell and Lavender Creek. Joint walk with Black Creek Alliance.

Wed, Oct 18 • ROUGE VALLEY, FINCH MEANDER – Nature Walk

Sat, Oct 21 • THE WEST DON VALLEY IN EARL BALES PARK – Nature Walk

Sun, Oct 22 at 1:30 pm • RONCESVALLES/KING ST TO HUMBER BAY PARK WEST – Nature & Heritage

Leader: Ed Freeman. Meet at Beaty Blvd Parkette, 1575 King St. W. for a linear walk on mostly paved surfaces, mainly flat but some stairs. From Beaty Parkette across railway to path along the lakeside across the Humber and along across Mimico Creek and north on Humber Bay Park Rd. West to Lake Shore Blvd and TTC stop. Washrooms at beginning of walk. Bring curiosity, binoculars, camera. 2 1/2 to 3 hours.

Tues, Oct 24 at 10:00 am • SPRINGMOUNT CREEK – Lost Rivers

Leader: Linda McCaffrey. Meet at the northeast corner of St. ClairAve. W. and Earlscourt Road for a linear walk on mostly paved surfaces with some steep slopes. Springmount Creek is the northwesterly branch of Garrison Creek. We will follow its course from its point of origin in Earlscourt, down the escarpment to Christie Pits. Walk ends at the Christie subway station. The extent to which the buried creek is undermining buildings on Shaw St. is one of several matters of interest. Bring water. No washrooms.

Thur, Oct 26 • PARK LAWN CEMETERY AND KINGSWAY PARK – Nature and Heritage

Sat, Oct 28 at 10:00 am • CHARLES SAURIOL CONSERVATION AREA – Nature Walk

Leader: Ken Sproule. Meet at the north entrance to Charles Sauriol Conservation Area on the south side of Lawrence just east of the Don Valley Parkway for a 2 hour circular walk. Drive down the hill to the parking lot or take the Lawrence (route 54) bus and get off at Railside Road. Mostly level ground on paved and unpaved paths. There may be some hills if weather conditions allow. No washrooms.

Sun, Oct 29 • UPPER WILKET CREEK FROM YORK MILLS RD TO SHEPPARD AVE E – Nature Walk

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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