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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

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

Sun, July 2 • TADDLE CREEK ST. CLAIR TO COLLEGE ST – Nature Walk

Tues, July 4 at 10:00 am • HISTORIC LAMBTON PARK – Nature & Heritage

Leader: Madeleine McDowell. Meet at Lambton House, 4066 Old Dundas St (#55 Warren Park bus from Jane Station stops at the door). We will take a 2 hour + circular route with some stairs, mostly unpaved and uneven surfaces, gentle slopes with some steep slopes. Washrooms at beginning of walk. We will climb the steps to Dundas St. and cross into the park. We will compare changes over the past century and a half with photos and accounts of previous adventures. The habitat is Carolinian Oak Savannah and we will follow the Humber back to Lambton House where we will have a cup of tea. Bring lunch and/or snacks. Binoculars and cameras might be useful.

Wed, July 5 • BACK LANES & BURIED CREEKS OF DOWNTOWN BLOOR ST – Evening Ramble

Sat, July 8 • CAWTHRA PARK – Nature Walk

Sun, July 9 at 1:00 pm • CENTENNIAL PARK – Nature Walk

Leader: Claire Bergeron. Meet outside the LCBO at Burnhamthorpe Mall. From Islington subway station take Burnhamthorpe bus # 50 and get off at Old Burnhamthorpe Rd just past Renforth Rd. You need to cross the street to the mall. Washrooms are open in Centennial Park at the Conservatory/Greenhouse (approx. 20 min. from beginning of walk). This is a 2 hour circular walk.

Wed, July 12 • TREES & ARCHITECTURE 1 – Evening Ramble

Thurs, July 13 • WESTHILL/HIGHLAND CREEK

Sat, July 15 at 1:30 pm • TWO CREEKS & A RIVER IN NORTH YORK – Nature Walk

Leader: Alexander Cappell. Meet at the southeast corner of Steeles Ave. E. and Laureleaf Rd (midway between Bayview and Leslie) for a linear walk on mostly unpaved and uneven surfaces with gentle and some steep slopes. We'll follow the ravine edge of the Bestview Creek erosion gully down into the valley of German Mills Creek which will take us to the valley of the East Don River which will take us south to the Finch hydro corridor and its bike path which will take us up and out to a coffee shop at Bayview and Cummer. Washrooms at end of walk.

Sun, July 16 at 2:00 pm • WARDEN WOODS; LANDSCAPE, WATERCOURSES & THE URBAN FOREST – Lost Rivers

Leaders: John Wilson and Jason Ramsay-Brown. Meet at the southwest corner of Warden Ave and St. Clair Ave E. across from the subway station for a circular walk of 3.5 km through one of Toronto's most spectacular ravines. Thousands see it from the subway but few experience it close-hand with expert commentary. Washrooms available in subway station. Expect some steep slopes and uneven trails.

Tues, July 18 • EGLINTON FLATS – Nature & Heritage

Wed, July 19 • TREES & ARCHITECTURE 2 – Evening Ramble

Tues, July 25 • WOODBINE PARK TO KEW GARDENS – Evening Ramble

Sat, July 22 at 10:00 am • FORKS OF THE DON CIRCLE TRIP – Nature Walk

Leader: Margaret McRae. Meet at the northeast corner of Beechwood Drive and O'Connor Drive for a circle trip to the Forks of the Don. Bring lunch and drinking water. Rough dirt trails in one direction and paved in the other direction. Washroom at E.T. Seton Park where we will have lunch.

Sun, July 23 • HUMBER RIVER – Nature Walk

Wed, July 26 • WEEDS PART 3

Sat, July 29 • G. ROSS LORD PARK FROM WEST TO EAST – Nature Walk

Sun, July 30 at 1:00 pm • RESTORATION & CITIZEN SCIENCE IN THE DON VALLEY – Nature Walk

Leader: Jason Ramsay-Brown. Meet at the corner of Beechwood Drive and O'Connor Drive for a 4 km circular walk and visit the Beechwood Wetland, Sun Valley and Cottonwood Flats, the site of the TFN's latest ecological monitoring program. Discover how the industrial legacy of the Don Valley has been transformed into natural heritage. Bring water, camera, binoculars, and curiosity. No washrooms.
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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