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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 meet at 7:30pm the second Wednesday of the month Sept-Dec and Feb-June at the Camp Kawartha Environment Center at Trent University. We welcome all to join us at these events.

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

Each Year in addition to our monthly meetings the Peterborough Field Naturalists offer dozens of events to members and the public to explore nature in our community. Find out what is coming up next!

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

Join us for PFN’s 79th Annual General Meeting

Keep up-to-date on PFN business, elect the next executive, enter the raffle for prizes, enjoy a delicious meal and stay for an entertaining presentation! The speaker will be Noel Alfonso, Ichthyologist in the Research Services Division of the Canadian Museum of Nature. The title of his presentation is: “Adventures in Ichthyology and Natural History at…

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PFN Juniors: let’s do nature art (wood pendants)

The Peterborough Junior Naturalists are teaming up with the Art Gallery of Peterborough for a nature art event. The Art Gallery of Peterborough has “Family Sundays“, where families can come for free to visit the gallery and make some art.  For this Family Sunday, we’ll be decorating wood pendants with pressed flowers and leaves.  Make…

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68th Peterborough Christmas Bird Count – A Christmas Tradition

Sunday, December 15 – all day The Peterborough Christmas Bird Count (CBC), now in its 68th year, is the longest running wildlife survey in Peterborough County. The Peterborough CBC participants cover an area contained within a circle with a diameter of 24 kilometers, centered on the intersection of Chemong Road and Sunset Boulevard. This total…

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PFN Juniors: Christmas Bird Count

Learn how to look for birds! Snacks, prizes, and special entertainment.

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Monthly Meeting: Members’ Slide Show Night

The members’ slide show, held at our December monthly meeting, is a highly anticipated annual PFN tradition. Show fellow PFN members your photos of a recent trip. Display those exciting nature moments or wildlife encounters that you have recently experienced. This is your night to “show and tell’! We ask that you limit your presentation…

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World’s Greatest Concentration of Gulls: Sunday, December 1

World’s Greatest Concentration of Gulls: Sunday, December 1 – 7:00 a.m. This day trip will be a birding outing to the Niagara River, a designated Important Birding Area due to the variety and number of gulls which utilize the river in the late fall.  More species can be observed in a day than anywhere else…

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Wave Riders of Rice Lake: Sunday, November 24th

Wave Riders of Rice Lake: Sunday, November 24 – 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. Join Martin Parker for this traditional Grey Cup afternoon exploration of sites along the northwestern shore of Rice Lake.  We will be looking for the later migrating ducks and other birds.  Highlights will be the rafts of ducks riding the waves of…

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