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 - 2016
Wed, Oct 5 at 10:30 am • ASHBRIDGE'S CREEK & A LOST OAK SAVANNAH – Nature & Heritage
Leader: Joanne Doucette. Meet outside the Greenwood Subway Station for a 2 hour linear walk on mostly paved surfaces with some gentle slopes ending at a cafe on Gerrard Street. Ashbridge's Creek is now underground but we will follow its course south through Monarch Park and to Gerrard St, learning about the history of the creek and neighbourhood which used to be called Midway. Bring binoculars if you wish to look at birds.
Sat, Oct 8 • LAKE IROQUOIS SHORELINE – Caledonia Park to Bathurst – Nature Walk
Mon, Oct 10 • CENTENNIEL PARK – Nature Walk
Thurs, Oct 13 • PROSPECT CEMETERY – Nature & Heritage
Sat, Oct 15 at 10:30 am • HURRICANE HAZEL & THE HUMBER RIVER – 62 Years Later
Leader: Madeleine McDowell. Meet at Old Mill Subway Station and explore the Humber between Bloor and Dundas Streets for evidence of one of Canada's worst flood disasters and its shadow on our world now; possibly see some salmon leaping; some remnants of past cultures, along with our current 21st century one as it evolves on Mother Earth, under Hazel's lasting influence; end at the Lambton House with some tea and the Number 55 Warren Park Bus, which stops at the door and takes you to Jane Station. Stairs down at Bloor, but they can be avoided by individuals who wish to make an optional detour. Bring snacks or lunch and binoculars
Sun, Oct 16 • GERRARD PRAIRIE: STILL INTACT, BUT HOW LONG? – Lost Rivers
Thurs, Oct 20 • VALE OF AVOCA – Nature Walk
Sat, Oct 22 at 9:00 am • RENATURALIZATION IN TAYLOR CREEK PARK – Restoration Project
Leader: Jason Ramsay-Brown. A walk with a twist - the opportunity to help improve biodiversity and habitat along Taylor Creek! First, we'll spend some time taking in the amazing Taylor Creek Park wetlands, the result of almost two years of ecological restoration work. Then, for those who are interested, we'll help the City improve Taylor Creek Park by planting some wetland edge species like dogwoods, ninebark, swamp rose, and purple-flowering raspberry! No previous experience is necessary – all instruction and materials will be provided. Event is suitable for all ages, and you may plant as little or as much as you like! We'll meet at the park entrance on the west side Victoria Park, just north of the Victoria Park TTC station. An easy 1km linear walk though the wetland will provide ample opportunities for birding, photography, and lively discussion. Planting site will be located along Taylor Creek, just west of Dawes Rd. Bring water, camera, binoculars, and a snack if you like.
Sun, Oct 23 • NATURE & HISTORY ALONG ETOBICOKE CREEK – Nature & History
Thurs, Oct 27 • COLONEL SAMUEL SMITH PARK – Birds
Sat, Oct 29 at 1:30 pm • ALONG THE OLD SHORE OF LAKE ONTARIO – History
Leader: Ed Freeman. Meet at the southeast corner of Jarvis St. and the Esplanade for a walk along industrial infill, past dreams, and current change. We will walk east along streets and trails to end at Leslie Street.
Sun, Oct 30 • E.T. SETON PARK – Nature Walk
- 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.