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Our Mission: Toronto Field Naturalists connects people with nature in the Toronto area.
We help people understand, enjoy, and protect Toronto's green spaces and the species that inhabit them.
 
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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, Dec 21 at 10 am – GARRISON CREEK

Leader: Doug Paton. Meet at Christie Pits Park across from Christie subway station for a linear walk ending at the lake.

Sat, Dec 23 at 10 am – LESLIE STREET SPIT, TOMMY THOMPSON PARK

Leader: Charles Bruce-Thompson. Meet at the park entrance at the foot of Leslie St for a circular walk along the peninsula. Depending on the weather, we shall walk at least as far as the bridge on Cell 3, returning by way of the eastern trail around cells 1, 2 & 3. About 3 hours. Washrooms available. You can drop out at any point and head back along the road. Bring binoculars and lunch if intending to stay for the entire walk. Take the #83 bus from Donlands subway station to Commissioners and Leslie. Parking available.

Thurs, Dec 28 at 10:30 am – GLEN STEWART RAVINE

Leader: Joanne Doucette. Meet at the northwest corner of Queen St E and Glen Manor Dr for a linear walk with mostly unpaved and uneven surfaces and some steep slopes and stairs. Washrooms at end of walk.

Thurs, Jan 4 • TAKE THE BELTLINE TO CALEDONIA – Nature & Heritage

Sat, Jan 6 at 10 am • CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT FOR KIDS (OF ALL AGES!) – Birds

Leaders: Anne Purvis and Bob Kortright. Meet at the Church of the Resurrection at 1100 Woodbine Ave. for a slide show of over-wintering ducks that we will see in Lake Ontario, and winter songbirds. Travel by car to the Leslie Street Spit for a circular bird hike through the Bottomlands and over to the Outer Harbour on mainly flat surfaces. Kids of all Ages welcome! Dress warmly and bring binoculars. Children must be accompanied by adults. Adults provide transportation. Carpooling available.

Sat, Jan 6 • TAYLOR CREEK PARK – Wetlands & Forests in Winter

Wed, Jan 10 at 10 am – COXWELL RAVINE & TAYLOR CREEK PARKS

Leader: Paul Abell. Meet at the upper benches in Cullen Bryant Park just north of O'Connor Dr and Coxwell Blvd for a circular walk with stairs and mostly unpaved and uneven surfaces with some steep slopes. While walking the informal and formal trails of Coxwell Ravine Park and the downstream portion of Taylor Creek Park, we will learn about the ravine's trees and ways we can decipher them in the field by observing their bark and buds. No leaves required! Bring binoculars and magnifying glasses. Dress accordingly for the weather. Please be aware the snow on the trails in Coxwell Ravine and Taylor Creek Parks is often compacted by multiple users, slippery and, depending on the weather, very icy. Ice cleats for winter or trekking-boots are strongly recommended. Snowshoes and trekking poles can also be helpful.

Sat, Jan 13 • TAYLOR CREEK & EAST DON – Twigs, Tracks & Winter Weeds

Thurs, Jan 18 at 9:45 am – TORONTO ISLANDS

Leader: Doug Paton. Meet at the ferry docks at the foot of Bay St in time for the 10 am ferry to Ward's Island. You can buy ferry tickets online. Bring lunch.

Sat, Jan 20 • TAYLOR MASSEY CREEK – Winter Birding

Thurs, Jan 25 • LOWER DON TRAIL – Nature Walk

Sat, Jan 27 at 10 am – E.T. SETON, SERENA GUNDY & SUNNYBROOK PARKS

Leader: Ken Sproule. Meet in the parking lot at the entrance to Wilket Creek Park on Leslie Street just north of Eglinton Ave E for a circular walk of approximately 2 hrs through E T Seton, Serena Gundy and Sunnybrook parks on mostly unpaved trails. Possibly some hills to climb, not too steep. Bring binoculars. Winter conditions.

Wed, Jan 31 at 10 am – CEDARVALE RAVINE

Leader: Miles Hearn. Meet at the north entrance to St Clair West subway station on Tichester Rd just east of Bathurst St for an easy circular walk on a paved trail.
Other Walks
  • Layered clothing is a must in winter.
  • Keep your head and hands are warm.
  • Wear warm non-slip boots.
  • Consider using Icers for extra grip.
  • Stick together with the group.
  • A thermos with a hot drink is a good idea!

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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