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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, Apr 8 at 10:00 am • TAYLOR CREEK & CULLEN BRYANT PARKS – Overwintering Pond Creatures, Trees & Shrubs

Leader: Anne Purvis. Meet at the west side of Victoria Park Ave at the entrance to Taylor Creek just opposite Donside Dr for a linear walk, mainly flat on mostly unpaved surfaces with some stairs. We will walk down to the pond at the northeast corner of Taylor Creek Park and look for pond creatures that have overwintered there. Then we will hike along the paved trail to the True Davidson seniors' home at the east end of the hydro corridor and then west to the steps up to Cullen Bryant Park, looking at trees and shrubs. Walk will end at Cullen Bryant Park. Bring good boots and binoculars. Morning only.

Wed, Apr 12 • COLONEL SAMUEL SMITH PARK – Birds

Sat, Apr 15 at 10:00 am • THE LOWER DON VALLEY – Nature Walk

Leader: Margaret McRae. Meet at the northeast corner of Beechwood Dr and O'Connor Dr for a circular walk in the Don Valley. Walk may include Sun Valley, Crothers Woods, Cottonwood Flats and Beechwood Wetlands. No washrooms. Morning only. Walking conditions include hills, winding dirt paths and paved paths.

Sun, Apr 16 • SPRING FROLIC IN TAYLOR CREEK RAVINE – Lost Rivers

Thurs, Apr 20 at 10:00 am • THE BOARDWALK – Early Spring Nature Ramble

Leader: Joanne Doucette. Meet at the southeast corner of Queen St E and Woodbine Ave. Bring binoculars. Morning only.

Sat, Apr 22 • BLUFFERS PARK – Birds, Insects & Plants

Sun, Apr 23 • MOUNT PLEASANT CEMETERY TO EVERGREEN BRICK WORKS – Mystery Walk

Wed, Apr 26 at 10:00 am • ALONG THE SHORE OF LAKE ONTARIO – Nature & Heritage

Leader: Ed Freeman. Meet at Beaty Blvd Parkette, 1575 King St W at Roncesvalles Ave for a 2–hour linear walk on mostly paved surfaces, mainly flat with gentle slopes. History and activity along the lakeshore, some wildlife sightings before we end at the Terminal Building on Queens Quay W. Bring lunch and binoculars.

Sat, Apr 29 • G. ROSS LORD PARK – Nature Walk

Sun, Apr 30 • MOORE PARK RAVINE – Literary Nature Walk

Wed, May 3 • JIM BAILLIE NATURE RESERVE – Nature, Birds & Plants

Wed, May 3 at 6:30 pm • GERMAN MILLS CREEK SETTLERS PARK – Evening Ramble

Leader: Theresa Moore. Meet at the northeast corner of Steeles Ave. E. and Leslie St for a 2 hour circular ramble on paved and unpaved surfaces with a few small hills. We will look for signs of spring, especially wildflowers and migrating birds. No washrooms.

Sat, May 6 • WILKET CREEK PARK – Trilliums & Spring Nature

Thurs, May 11 • YORK BELTLINE RAILWAY & PROSPECT CEMETARY

Sat, May 13 • CROTHERS WOODS – Spring Flowers

Sun, May 14 at 1:30 pm • AGGIE'S WILDFLOWER WALK – Nature Walk

Leader: Madeleine McDowell. Meet at Lambton House, 4066 Old Dundas St. Rediscover the world of Agnes Dunbar Moodie Fitzgibbon, daughter of Susanna Moodie and illustrator of Canadian Wildflowers (published in 1867). All of Aggie's specimens were from the Baby Point and Humber Valley area. Many of these flowers still survive in the Magwood Sanctuary. Approx 2 hours ending at Lambton House for tea and a talk about Agnes. Humber Heritage Committee.

Wed, May 17 • WEEDS PART 1

Thurs, May 18 • EAST DON PARKLANDS – Evening Ramble

Sat, May 20 • LESLIE STREET SPIT – Birds, Insects & Plants

Sun, May 21 at 2:00 pm • UNEARTHING STORIES OF LOST SPRING CREEK – BLUE GREEN CITY PART 2 – Lost Rivers

Leader: Richard Anderson and friends. Starting at the southwest corner of Dundas St. W and Indian Grove, we follow the ravine systems of Spring Creek from its edges at Dundas down to its re–emergence as a live watercourse in High Park. Washroom facilities in commercial venues enroute. A linear walk of about 3 km, on city streets and park paths. TTC access on #40 Junction bus from Dundas West station. Keele St. is one block west of starting point. Walk ends near High Park streetcar loop, within walking distance of Keele station.

Tues, May 23 • TORONTO WATERFRONT & GARDENS – Evening Ramble

Thurs, May 25 at 10:00 am • JAMES GARDENS & LAMBTON WOODS – Birds & Butterflies

Leader: Carol Sellers. Meet in the first parking lot in James Gardens on Edenbridge Dr east of Royal York Rd for a circular walk on mostly paved surfaces, mainly flat. We'll explore the gardens and woods looking for nesting birds, late migrants, and early butterflies. Bring lunch and binoculars. Washrooms at beginning of walk.

Sat, May 27 • TODMORDEN MILLS WILDFLOWER PRESERVE – Nature Walk

Sun, May 28 at 1:30 pm • HIGH PARK – Trees & Shrubs

Leader: Bohdan Kowalyk. Meet at the entrance to High Park at Bloor St. W and High Park Ave. for a circular walk on mostly unpaved and uneven surfaces with gentle slopes and some steep slopes. Washrooms at end of walk. We will see black oak woodlands, invasive species and introduced endangered and threatened species. About 2 1/2 hours and 3 km.

Tues, May 30 • ROSEDALE & DON VALLEY – Evening Ramble

Wed, May 31 • ROUGE PARK – Spring Ephemerals

Other Walks
  • Hiking boots with good traction - there will be mud.
  • Waterproof jacket in case it rains.
  • Long pants to protect your legs and keep you warm.
  • Stay on the paths. Nature is quite vulnerable in the spring.

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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