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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, 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 at 10:00 am • LESLIE STREET SPIT – Birds, Insects & Plants

Leader: Bob Kortright. Meet at the park entrance at Leslie St and Unwin Ave for a long circular walk on flat, mostly paved surface, about 12 km. Bring binoculars, lunch and water. A joint outing with the Toronto Bruce Trail Club. Washrooms available.

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 • HIGH PARK – Trees & Shrubs

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

Wed, May 31 • ROUGE PARK – Spring Ephemerals

Leader: Cass Stabler, Resource Management Officer, Rouge National Urban Park. Meet at Glen Rouge Campground for a walk on the Rouge's Mast Trail. Steep slope and some stairs at the beginning and end of walk. Take bus #85 from Don Mills subway station or Rouge Hill GO Station to Sheppard Ave E and Kingston Rd. Then walk about 1 km east on the north side of Kingston Rd to the Glen Rouge campground entrance. Bring binoculars and a field guide if you wish.

Sat, June 3 at 10:00 am • ROUGE PARK – Nature & Heritage

Leader: Jim and Petra Grass. Meet at the Rouge Campground parking lot at 7459 Kingston Rd (1 km east of Port Union Rd and Sheppard Ave) for a circular walk on mostly unpaved surfaces with some stairs and steep slopes to look at birds and wildflowers. Washrooms at beginning of walk.

Sun, June 4 at 1:30 pm • HUMBER RIVER – Nature Walk

Leader: James Eckenwalder, Associate Professor of Evolutionary Biology, University of Toronto. Meet at the Old Mill Subway station for a circular walk on the Humber. This year we will walk south on the west bank of the river. We recommend long sleeves and long pants. No washrooms.

Tues, June 6 • TORONTO WATERFRONT TRAIL EAST – Nature Walk

Tues, June 6 6:45 pm • RIVERDALE PARK EAST

Leader: Vivienne Denton. Meet at Broadview subway station for a circular walk on mostly unpaved surfaces with gentle slopes. We will examine naturalized areas including woodland planted by the Task Force to Bring Back the Don, areas tended by the City stewardship program, and newer plantings beside Bridgepoint Health Centre. We will return via Broadview Ave stopping to admire one of the best views of the city skyline at sunset. Joint outing with the City of Toronto's Community Stewardship Program.

Wed, June 7 • RIVERSIDE DRIVE – Nature & Heritage

Sat, June 10 • EARLSCOURT/WEST TORONTO RAILPATH

Sun, June 11 • CROTHERS WOODS & SUN VALLEY – Nature Walk

Tues, June 13 at 10:00 am • EAST DON PARKLANDS – NATURE & HERITAGE WALK

Leader: Barbara Jackson. Meet outside the Second Cup in the plaza on the south side of Steeles Ave at Laureleaf between Bayview and Leslie for a circular walk on mostly unpaved and uneven surfaces with some steep slopes. We will explore the trails in the northern part of the East Don Parklands around the East Don River and German Mills Creek, reviewing some of the history of the area while looking for birds, plants, trees and late spring flowers. Bring water and binoculars. Washrooms at beginning of walk.

Wed, June 14 at 6:45 pm • CHERRY BEACH & BEYOND – Evening Ramble

Leader: Richard Partington. Meet at the bus stop at the intersection of Cherry St. and Commissioners St (bus 72A from Pape Statio or 172A from King subway station) for a circular walk on mostly paved surfaces, mainly flat and no stairs. Washrooms available. Bring binoculars. The walk will end at the foot of Cherry St.

Sat, Jun. 17 • GOLDIE FELDMAN NATURE RESERVE – Nature Walk

Sun, Jun 18 at 2:00 pm • LOST NEIGHBOURHOODS, LOST ECOSYSTEMS – Unearthing stories of land and people in St. Jamestown

Leaders: Helen Mills and the St. Jamestown Rivers Rising Ambassadors. Meet outside the Sherbourne subway for a linear walk mainly on city streets. Join the Rivers Rising Ambassadors for a fascinating journey into the past, present, and possible future of St James Town. How forests became a neighbourhood, and how that neighbourhood got re-developed to become the densest most diverse part of Toronto - the world in a few city blocks. Heritage, water, trees, gardens, food security, climate change, and of course the story of nearby lost rivers - Castle Frank Brook, Crookshank Creek and Sumac Creek.

Wed, June 21 • THREE BURIED CREEKS OF MOUNT PLEASAND CEMETERY – Evening Ramble

Thurs, June 22 at 10:00 am • HIGH PARK – Wildflowers

Leader: Wendy Rothwell. Meet at the park entrance at Bloor St. W. and High Park Ave. for a circular walk. Morning only.

Sat, Jun 24 • GLENDON RAVINE & BURKE BROOK – Nature walk

Sun, June 25 • CABBAGETOWN & THE CEMETERIES – Heritage

Tues, June 27 at 10:00 am • ROUGE BEACH TO PETTICOAT CREEK – Birds & Butterflies

Leaders: Carol Sellers. Meet at the Rouge GO station on Lawrence Ave. E. just east of Port Union Rd to carpool to the beach for a circular walk on mostly paved surfaces, mainly flat with some stairs. We should see several nesting birds including cliff swallows under the bridge and a good variety of butterflies. Bring lunch and binoculars. Washrooms at beginning of walk.

Wed, June 28 • WEEDS PART 2

Thurs, June 29 • LAWRENCE PARK & BURKE BROOK – Evening Ramble

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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