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Discover what we have to offer and support environmental education and conservation in Peterborough and the Kawarthas. Join the Peterborough Field Naturalists by signing up for an annual membership today.

The Peterborough Field Naturalists (PFN) is a registered charity and active club in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada. We are currently holding Zoom meetings each month with intriguing topics and speakers. These are members - only events and we send an email out each month with details. Sign up to be a member now, don't miss out!

Read the Orchid

Each year our hard working volunteers distribute 8 issues of our monthly bulletin to members. The Orchid is full of excellent articles that can help keep you connected to nature in Peterborough.

Upcoming Events

Due to Covid 19, we will require registration and will limit the number of participants.  As a result, outings will be for members only until further notice.

Junior Naturalists

We offer events geared towards kids aged 5-12 on a regular basis. Run by environmental educators from Peterborough. Come out and try an event to see if you'd like to join!

Upcoming Events

Peterborough Christmas Bird Count

Reserve this date for the longest-operated citizen-science wildlife survey in Peterborough and an annual tradition for area birders and naturalists. Pre-registration with the count compiler Martin Parker ( or 705-745-4750)…

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PFN Meeting: Slideshow Night

It’s getting close to that time of the year again! Our second, onlinemembers slideshow night builds on a long and enjoyable annualPFN tradition and we’re looking for presenters. This event…

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Wave Riders of Rice Lake – Members Only

Join Martin Parker for this traditional late November afternoon exploration of sites along the northwestern shore of Rice Lake. We will be looking for the later migrating ducks and other…

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PFN Monthly Meeting: Canyon Valleys to Mountain Peaks: In Search of Arizona’s Herpetofauna

Speaker, Joe Crowley, will be describing his travels in the southwestern USA, specifically the state of Arizona, and his encounters with the herptiles (reptiles and amphibians) in this region. Joe…

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Mosses and Liverworts – What makes them special? – Members Only

Join Leila Grace and Sue Paradisis on an afternoon walk exploring mosses, liverworts, and hornworts. Discover the special niche they occupy as they continue to flourish in the cold earthy…

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Fascinating Fungi – Members only

Fungi comes is an incredible variety of different sizes, shapes and colours. One of the best places to find them, is in an old growth forest and Mark S. Burnham…

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Fall Nature on the Farm – Members Only

PFN member Bruce Kidd invites other members to join him and Martin Parker in an exploration of the field and woodlands of his farm property in Douro- Dummer Township. This…

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PFN Monthly Meeting: Reptile Rehabilitation and Biology – Members Only

Jeff Hathaway will present results from projects like Saving Turtles at Risk Today (START) and Conservation Action, Research and Education about Snakes (CARES), including habitat protection, population monitoring, filling data…

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Fall in the Cavan Hills – Members Only

Enjoy a 5-kilometre looped hike along a rail trail, ATV trails, and along Dranoel Road. Participants will meet at the home of Lynn & Larry Smith on Tapley 1⁄4 Line in…

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Lang-Hastings Rail Trail – Members Only

Sue Paradisis will lead a walk along the Lang-Hastings Trail (LHT) from Technology Drive toward Keene Road and back. This section of the LHT travels through two beautiful marshland sections…

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