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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 - 2016

Sat, Nov 26 at 10 am • GLENDON & BURKE BROOK RAVINE – Nature Walk

Leader: Nancy Dengler. Meet at the southeast corner of Lawrence Ave E and Bayview Ave. A circular walk on TRCA trails with stairs down into the ravine and a steep climb out. Bring binoculars. Morning only.

Tues, Nov 29 • EAST DON PARKLANDS – Nature Walk

Sat, Dec 3 • LOWER GARRISON CREEK – Nature

Wed, Dec 7 at 9:45 am • TORONTO ISLAND – Birds

Leader: Anne Powell. Meet at the ferry terminal for the 10 am ferry to Wards Island for a circular walk on mostly paved surfaces, mainly flat. Bring binoculars. Washrooms at beginning of walk. Will return on 11:45 ferry.

Sat, Dec 10 at 10:00 am • EAST DON PARKLANDS – Nature Walk

Leader: Stephen Kamnitzer. Meet at Second Cup, 1567 Steeles Ave E just east of Laureleaf Rd and the Esso Gas Station for a 2 1/2 hour circular walk on mostly unpaved and uneven surfaces with gentle and some steep slopes and stairs. We will explore the East Don Parklands between Steeles and Finch using the main paved path and various unofficial unpaved trails. Bring binoculars and water. Optional coffee stop after at Second Cup. Washrooms at beginning of walk.

Wed, Dec 14 at 10:30 am • LESLIE CREEK – Nature, Trees & Heritage

Leader: Joanne Doucette. Meet outside Pape subway station for a linear walk on mostly paved surfaces with gentle slopes and stairs and maybe some slippery surfaces. Leslie Creek is underground but we will follow its course south to Lesliegrove Park on Queen St E. Learn about Canada's "Johnny Appleseed," George Leslie and the trees he loved. Washrooms at beginning of walk.

Sat, Dec 17 • TADDLE CREEK – Nature Walk

Sun, Dec 18 at 2:00 pm • DON VALLEY BRICKWORKS – Lost Rivers

Leaders: Members of First Story Toronto, Rivers Rising and Lost Rivers. Meet at the Watershed Consciousness Wall by the front entrance drop–off at the main Evergreen Brickworks building. Celebrate the Winter Solstice and the start of the Second Rivers Rising season with First Story and Toronto Green Community. Enjoy the Evergreen winter village at the end of the tour.

Tues, Dec 20 • COLONEL SAMUEL SMITH PARK – Birds

Thurs, Dec 29 at 9:45 am • TORONTO ISLAND – Birds

Leader: Anne Powell. Meet at the ferry terminal for the 10 am ferry to Ward's Island for a circular walk on mostly paved surfaces, mainly flat. Bring binoculars. Washrooms at beginning of walk. Will return on 11:45 ferry.

Sat, Dec 31 at 1:30 pm • BELTLINE – Nature Walk

Leader: John Bacher. Meet at Davisville subway station for a circular walk. No washrooms.
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.
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