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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

Encounter with Bats and other Nocturnal Occupants of Jackson Park

Thursday, August 15, 2019 8:45 p.m. Lower parking lot of Jackson Park off Fairbairn at Parkhill Rd. Join Paul Elliott for a night walk using ultrasonic detectors to pick up the high-frequency sounds made by foraging bats. We will meet at the Jackson Park parking lot on Fairbairn/Parkhill. Participants need to wear sensible footwear and…

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Get a Rush out of Grass and Sedges

Sunday, August 11, 2019 1:00 p.m. Meet at the main door of the Life Sciences Bldg., Trent University These graminoids are spectacular when you look at them closeup.  Come spend a few hours with a couple of plants geeks learning to ID some common grasses and sedges. We will start our day with an hour…

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Ferns of Warsaw Caves Conservation Area

Sunday, July 21, 2019 meet at Riverview Park and Zoo at 10:00 a.m. or at the park gate house parking lot, 289 Caves Road, Warsaw at 10:30 a.m. Ferns have been around for over 300 million years despite producing neither flowers nor seeds. Generally fond of moist forest floors, Warsaw Caves has a lot of…

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Butterflies of the Sandy Lake Area

Sunday July 14, 2019 9:00 a.m. Meet at County Style at Hwy 7 and Old Keene Road east of the City The diverse habitats along Sandy Lake Road, off County Road 46 north of Havelock, support the greatest diversity of butterflies in the region. Butterfly enthusiasts from across the province visit this area to observe…

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Butterflies Along the Lang-Hastings Trail

Sunday, July 7, 2019 1:00 p.m., meet at Country Style at Hwy 7 and Old Keene Road east of the City This afternoon outing is an introduction to butterfly watching along a section of the Lang-Hastings Trail. The focus will be on learning how to distinguish between the different species present in early July. This…

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McEwen Nature Reserve Hike, Northumberland Land Trust, Oak Ridges Moraine

Saturday, July 6, 2019 9:00 a.m. meet at Crawford Drive at Harper Road commuter parking lot This property is a tract of rolling, wooded kame forest and open fields, directly adjacent to the Ganaraska Forest and the Oak Ridges Moraine. The property contains a drumlin, a beautiful pond, wetlands, a creek, forests, and retired farmland.…

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Search for Breeding Birds of Peterborough County

Expert birders, Dave Milsom and Matthew Tobey will lead an all-day search for breeding birds of Peterborough County including Cerulean Warblers in the Buckhorn area. Bring lunch, drinks, binoculars and change for gas if carpooling. The group will return around 3:00 but participants can leave earlier if necessary. Meet in the parking lot of Riverview…

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