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Guests are welcome at our events!
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, Apr 30 at 10am • TAYLOR CREEK PARK – Nature Walk

Leader: Margaret McRae. Meet outside Victoria Park subway station for a circular walk. Some steep stairs at beginning and end. Lunch optional. Several possible dropout points.

Tues, May 3 • 16 MILE CREEK, OAKVILLE – Spring Ramble

Wed, May 4 • JIM BAILLIE NATURE RESERVE – Nature, Birds & Plants

Wed, May 4 at 6:45 pm • TENTH ANNUAL JANE JACOBS TRIBUTE WALK – Evening Ramble

Leaders: Pleasance Crawford and Helen Juhola. Meet in Ben Nobleman Park on the south side of Eglinton Ave W opposite the Eglinton West subway station. From there, via Everden Rd, Cedarvale Park, Strathearn Rd and Cedarvale Ravine, we will walk to St Clair West subway station at Heath St and St Clair Ave W, ending around sunset at 8:24 p.m. Bring binoculars.  

Sat, May 7 • WILKET CREEK PARK – Trilliums & Spring Nature

Sun, May 8 at 1:30 pm • AGGIE'S WILDFLOWER WALK – Nature Walk (Humber Heritage Committee)

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 Aggie's specimens were from the Baby Point and Humber Valley area. Many of these flowers still survive in the Magwood Sanctuary. Approx 2 hrs ending at Lambton House for tea and a talk about Agnes.  

Tues, May 10 • CENTRAL TORONTO WATERFRONT PARKS – Nature & Heritage

Sat, May 14 • BENLAMOND ESTATE – Lost Creeks, Heritage

Sun, May 15 at 2:00 pm • WETLANDS & WILDFLOWERS BEHIND ONTARIO SCIENCE CENTRE – Lost Rivers Walk

Leaders: Helen Mills and friends. Meet at the corner of Don Mills Rd and Gateway Blvd opposite the Science Centre for a circular walk exploring the secluded natural areas of the West Don River in E.T. Seton Park. Some bushwhacking. Washrooms available only at the rallying point. A joint outing with Toronto Green Community.  

Tues, May 17 • TORONTO WATERFRONT & GARDENS – Evening Ramble

Wed, May 18 • WEEDS PART 1

Sat, May 21 • LESLIE STREET SPIT – Birds, Insects & Plants

Sun, May 22 • CROTHERS WOODS – Nature Walk

Thurs, May 26 at 10:00 am • HIGH PARK – Spring Wildflowers

Leader: Wendy Rothwell. Meet near the park entrance at High Park Ave and Bloor St W for a 2-hr circular walk with some unpaved trails and slopes. We will walk through the oak savannahs, open meadows and forested slopes of High Park looking for spring wildflowers.  

Sat, May 28 • EAST DON PARKLANDS – Nature Walk

Sun, May 29 at 1:30 pm • TODMORDEN MILLS WILDFLOWER PRESERVE – Nature Walk

Leader: Paula Davies. Meet at the entrance to the Wildflower Preserve at Todmorden Mills, 67 Pottery Rd. Come early to tour the historic buildings at Doors Open Toronto. We will look for signs of spring wildlife and check out work done by the stewards. Dirt trails and some stairs. Washrooms available.  

Tues, May 31 • RIVERDALE PARK EAST – 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.
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