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Guests are welcome at our events!
Receiving full information about walks is a benefit of membership. We publicize information on about 2 walks per month for anyone 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 - 2015

Sat, Nov 21 • LESLIE STREET SPIT – Nature Walk & Waterfowl

Wed, Nov 25 • HUMBER BAY PARK EAST – Birds

Sat, Nov 28 at 10:00 am • ASHBRIDGE BAY – Birds & Plants

Leader: Bob Kortright. Meet at the northwest corner of Lakeshore Blvd. E. and Northern Dancer Blvd. (across from Woodbine bus loop at S.E. corner of Woodbine Park) for a loop walk (Map). Bring binoculars. Morning only. No washrooms. Fairly flat terrain, partly paved.

Tues, Dec 1 • DUNCAN MILLS CREEK – Nature Walk

Sat, Dec 5 • WALK THE BELTLINE – Nature & Heritage

Thurs, Dec 10 at 10:00 am • HUMBER BAY PARK EAST – Birds

Leader: Doug Paton. Meet at the southwest corner of Park Lawn Rd and Lake Shore Blvd W. Bring binoculars. Morning only. Flat terrain. No washrooms.

Sat, Dec 12 • SCARBOROUGH BLUFFS – Nature Walk

Thurs, Dec 17 • ASHBRIDGE'S BAY – Winter Birds

Sat, Dec 19 at 1:30 pm • LOST STREAMS ALONG THE DANFORTH – Heritage

Leader: Ed Freeman. Meet at the Pape entrance to Pape subway station for a 2-hr, 5 km walk. Route is along the north and south sides of Danforth between Pape and Woodbine Avenues, diverting south along the south side of the CN railway tracks and back north from Merrill Bridge Park. Mostly paved surface. Some stairs, no washrooms. Bring enthusiasm.

Sun, Dec 20 at 2:00 pm • WINTER ON LOST MUD CREEK – Lost Rivers, Rivers Rising

Leaders: Helen Mills for Lost Rivers; Ed Sackaney, Catherine Tammaro, Brian MacLean for First Story. Meet at the southwest corner of St Clements Ave and Avenue Rd for a 2-hr linear walk on mostly paved surfaces. Joint outing and inaugural Rivers Rising walk with First Story. A winter-themed walk originating at the site of the Wendat village that used to be located at Allenby School, exploring Mud Creek and the possible extent of the Wendat corn fields. Rivers Rising Ambassadors will be participating. We will talk about traditions that recognize the longest night of the year. Possible slippery conditions. We hope to have a craft activity and/or a meal at the end of the walk.

Tues, Dec 22 • WILKET CREEK – Nature Walk

Sat, Dec 26 at 1:30 pm • FISHERVILLE CREEK & EAST DON – Nature Walk

Leader: Alexander Cappell. Meet at the northwest corner of Steeles Ave W and New Westminster Dr for a 2 1/2 hour walk. We'll walk along Fisherville Creek south to its junction with the West Don, which we'll follow north back to Steeles Ave W at Dufferin St, where there are coffee shops. We'll see mowed lawns, meadows, wetlands, shrublands, a typical Great Lakes forest, riverbank trees, a few apple trees and the ruins of a weir. Mostly on flat land, with a few easy climbs.

Wed, Dec 30 • TAYLOR CREEK & DON FORKS – Nature Walk

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.