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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

Monthly Meeting: How we can fight Ontario’s invasive plants!

Guest speaker, Vicki Simkovic, Coordinator at the Ontario Invasive Plant Council (OIPC), will present this talk on invasive plants. Phragmites, Garlic Mustard, Dog-strangling Vine, and Buckthorn are familiar examples of Ontario’s 400-plus invasive species. They crowd out native terrestrial and aquatic plants, altering the environment for insects, birds, reptiles and mammals.

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PFN Juniors: leaf press art event with Creating Space

We’ll collect leaves from street-side trees, and identify them based on their shapes. These are some of the trees we see every day, but too often overlook their beauty. Then we’ll go inside, where volunteers from Creating Space will show us how to make beautiful cards from pressing leaves with paint. Kids will make cards…

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Carden Plain Important Bird Area

Join us for an all-day visit to the wonderful Carden Plain. This is an unusual alvar habitat that is home to an abundance of rare grassland bird species, butterflies and plants. Jerry Ball will be our guide to this globally rare habitat 65 km west of Peterborough. Loggerhead Shrike, Golden-winged Warbler, Osprey, Black Terns, Sedge…

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De-pave paradise at Millennium Park

On Saturday June 1, the PFN is joining Green Communities Canada and Peterborough GreenUP at one of the largest Depave Paradise projects in Canada. Last fall, volunteers and partners helped to remove 787 square metres of asphalt. Now it’s time to plant a new rain garden! The garden will help protect the Otonabee River water…

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Sunday Morning Birding

Leader: Martin Parker Meet us on Sunday morning at 8:00 a.m. in the north parking lot of the Riverview Park and Zoo, 1230 Water Street North. From there we will carpool to various birding hot spots as determined by the leader. Outings generally last about 3 to 4 hours. Bring binoculars, spotting scope if you…

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