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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

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

Sat, Sept 2 • SHERWOOD PARK – Nature Walk

Mon, Sept 4 at 10:00 am • MARIE CURTIS PARK – Nature Walk

Leader: Ken Sproule. Meet in the parking lot at the east side of Marie Curtis Park for a 2-hr circular walk. Take the #501 Lake Shore streetcar or the GO train to Long Branch. Walk down 42nd St to the parking lot. Level ground on paved and unpaved paths.

Thurs, Sept 7 • EAST DON & CHARLES SAURIOL RESERVE – Nature Walk

Sat, Sept 9 • TAYLOR MASSEY CREEK – Nature Walk

Tues, Sept 12 at 10:00 am • YORK CEMETERY – Trees

Leader: Jeff McMann. Meet at the reception centre west of Beecroft Rd for a circular walk. Morning only. Washroom available.

Sat, Sept 16 at 10:00 am • EARL BALES PARK – Nature Walk

Leader: Rachel Gottesmann. Meet at Raoul Wallenberg Rd and Bathurst St opposite Bainbridge Ave for a 2-hr walk One steep hill. Washrooms available.

Sun, Sept 17 at 2:00 pm • TREES, URBAN ECOLOGY, CASTLE FRANK BROOK – Lost Rivers

Leaders: Helen Mills, Ambika Tenneti, Reno King and friends. Meet at the northwest corner of Parliament St and Wellesley St E for a circular walk. Join Evergreen's Don River Valley Park Team, the Rivers Rising Ambassadors and friends on a journey from the concrete jungle into the world of nearby trees and lost Castle Frank Brook. At the end, we'll take a secret pathway along lost Lamb's Creek and return to Parliament St. Some ravine pathways and steep stairs. No washrooms till the end of the walk. Approx 2.75 km.


Sat, Sept 23 at 10:00 am • MUD CREEK TO BRICK WORKS – Nature Walk

Leader: Charles Bruce-Thompson. Take the #88 bus to the northern trailhead on Moore Ave (opposite Mount Pleasant Cemetery) for a linear walk on mostly unpaved and uneven surfaces with gentle and some steep slopes and stairs. We will follow the course of Mud Creek as it emerges from under the cemetery down Moore Park Ravine to the Brick Works, noting recent major restoration. At the Brick Works there is the option to continue to Todmorden Mills and on to Broadview Ave via Pottery Road. Bring binoculars and water. Lunch available at the Brick Works.

Sun, Sept 24 • TERRAVIEW TO WILLOWFIELD – Nature Walk

Thurs, Sept 28 • HUMBER BAY PARK EAST – Birds

Sat, Sept 30 at 10:00 am • LESLIE STREET SPIT – Birds, Trees & Plants

Leader: Stephen Kamnitzer. Meet at the gate to the park at the foot of Leslie St for a circular leisurely exploration of the Spit. Hopefully we will get as far as the tip of the seldom-visited southeast peninsula. You will be able to drop out anytime by walking back along the road. Bring lunch, binoculars and a rain jacket. Mostly paved surfaces, mainly flat with gentle slopes, no stairs. Washrooms at beginning of walk. TTC access: Take the #83 Jones bus south from Donlands subway station to Commissioners St and walk south, or take the #501 Queen streetcar to Leslie St (a longer walk south).
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