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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, Aug 10 • HIGH PARK WILDFLOWERS – Evening Ramble

Sat, Aug 12 at 10:00 am • WINDFIELDS PARK – Nature Walk

Leader: Nancy Dengler. Meet on the southeast corner of Bayview Ave. and York Mills Rd. for a return 2 hr walk along the midsection of Wilket Creek Ravine as far south as Post Road. We plan to see plentiful examples of stream erosion, an oxbow lake in the making, an old dam and pond, the "big woods" on the Wilket Creek floodplain, and some late summer wildflowers. Washroom in Second Cup at York Mills plaza.

Sun, Aug 13 • UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO – Quads & Quieter Places

Tues, Aug 15 • SMYTHE PARK - Nature & Heritage

Thurs, Aug 17 at 6:30 pm • GLEN STEWART RAVINE – Evening Ramble

Leader: Bob Kortright. Meet at the Beech Ave parkette 40 metres south of Kingston Rd for a linear walk on mostly paved surfaces, gentle slopes with some steep slopes. See the magnificent oak forest of the Glen Stewart ravine from the boardwalk erected to protect the previously trampled slopes, the planted parkland and housing the buried lower reaches of Ames Creek. At the lake we will walk west, ending at Queen St. E. Washrooms at end of walk.

Sat, Aug 19 • RAVINE & RAIL – The What When & How

Sun, Aug 20 at 2:00 pm • BETTY SUTHERLAND TRAIL: LOWLANDS, UPLANDS & MYSTERIES – Lost Rivers

Leader: John Wilson and Jason Ramsay-Brown. Meet at the southeast corner of Sheppard Ave. E. and Leslie St across from the subway station for a linear walk along a remarkable trail that displays the resilience of nature on the East Don River as it skirts Highway 401. Discover and learn about ruined mills, energy sources from an era not far removed from our carbon-challenged present. Some steep slopes and uneven trails. Will end at a TTC bus stop on Don Mills Rd near York Mills. Washrooms at the start and within walking distance of the end.

Wed, Aug 23 • WEEDS PART 4

Sat, Aug 26 • WILKET CREEK – Nature Walk

Sun, Aug 27 at 1:30 pm • CENTRAL WATERFRONT PARKS – Nature & Heritage

Leader: Richard Partington. Meet at the Princes' Gates, south end of Strachan Ave. to wander through Coronation Park, Little Norway Park and ultimately the Music Garden where, if we're lucky, we may attend a free concert at 4 pm.

Wed, Aug 30 • TREES AND ARCHITECTURE 4 – Nature & Heritage

Other Walks
  • Wide brimmed hat for sun protection.
  • Long pants to protect your legs from thistles, poison ivy & ticks.
  • Water, sun screen and insect repellent.
  • Hiking boots or running shoes.

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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