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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, outings are cancelled until further notice. At that time we will consider resuming but we will require registration and will limit the numbers attending. 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

PFN Meeting: Shifting Distributions of Canada Lynx and Bobcat

Dr. Jeff Bowman is a Senior Research Scientist with the Wildlife Research and Monitoring Section of the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, and also an Adjunct Professor in…

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PFN Meeting: Holey Leaves: Gardening for Caterpillars and Other Insects

Basil Conlin is a lifelong naturalist based inPeterborough and Haliburton, and a member of thePeterborough Field Naturalists. An avid “moth-er” formany years, Basil began native plant gardening fouryears ago when he realised…

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CANCELLED – Lang Hastings Rail Trail – Part 1

The LHT offers so many opportunities to see nature up close and enjoy great views of the countryside south of Peterborough. Steve Paul will lead this walk on the Heritage…

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CANCELLED – Early Wildflowers at Fleming

Starting around mid-April, there is a constant, changing display of beautiful, spring ephemeral wildflowers. In this little forest located on the Sutherland campus of Fleming College, early May has good…

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CANCELLED – Springtime in the Cavan Hills

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

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CANCELLED – Johnston Drive Pond Trail

This area is a hidden gem few people know exist, and provides a great opportunity to see and hear some shy and elusive herons, bitterns and rails. There were 34…

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CANCELLED – Lang Hastings Rail Trail – Part 2

Steve Paul will again lead a walk along the LHT, this time from Keene Road to Technology Drive and back. This section of the Lang-Hastings Trail travels through two beautiful…

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CANCELLED – Miller Creek and Bridgenorth-Ennismore-Lakefield (BEL) Rotary Trail – Members Only

OUTING IS NOW FULL Spring migration is underway, and these are two prime locations for birders. The trails travel through several different habitats which are ideal for variety. You should…

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CANCELLED – Kermit’s Friends and Timber-doodles! – Members Only

OUTING IS NOW FULL The dusk air of the spring carries the mating songs of various species of frogs and the sky dance of the American Woodcock or Timber-doodle. Join…

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Mergansers and Friends on Rice Lake – Members Only

On this trip, we will look for spring migrants – primarily waterfowl – and wewill visit various access points on the north shore of Rice Lake, between Keene and Hastings.…

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