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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

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

Details on this talk by Jeff Hathaway will follow in the next Orchid and will also be posted on the PFN website. This is a Virtual meeting on Zoom. Invitations…

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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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Peak Migration Birding – Members Only

Chris Risley is our leader for this Saturday morning birding walk. There is a lovely path along the canal at the foot of the South Drumlin Nature Area at Trent…

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Early Fall Migrants at Presqu’ile – Members Only

Presqu’ile Provincial Park, located on the north shore of Lake Ontario, is one of the prime birding locations in the province and hosts lots of other natural wonders. This initial outing…

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PFN Monthly Meeting: Mable’s Mead – Members Only

Katie Andrews started Mable’s Meadow, a registered monarch waystation in Ontario, in an effort to support monarch butterfly conservation. She will speak about how she has raised monarch butterflies over…

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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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