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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, Mar 30 at 10:00 am • HIGH PARK – Birds

Leader: Doug Paton. Meet at the park entrance at Bloor St W and High Park Ave for a circular walk. Bring binoculars. Morning only.

Sat, Apr 1 • ETOBICOKE CREEK, BURNHAMTHORPE TO EGLINTON – Nature & Heritage

Thurs, Apr 6 • HIGHLAND CREEK & DORIS McCARTHY GALLERY

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

Other Walks
  • Layered clothing is a must in winter.
  • Keep your head and hands are warm.
  • Wear warm non-slip boots.
  • Consider using Icers for extra grip.
  • Stick together with the group.
  • A thermos with a hot drink is a good idea!

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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