About our Field Trips

Field trips provide an excellent opportunity for club members and the public to meet new people and to explore our natural environment. However, we ask you to remember that the places we visit are special, so please do not pick plants or collect specimens on field trips. Leave dogs and other pets at home except for service dogs. Use your own judgement as to whether you bring a lunch and/or refreshments. Also, dress appropriately for the weather. Insect repellent is recommended for trips in May and June.

If you have any questions regarding field trips, please contact either the marianchilds(at)shaw(dot)catrips coordinator or the field trip leader directly. The club is always interested in new ideas, so don't hesitate if you would like to lead a field trip or workshop or have an idea for one. Watch for the "FAMILY FRIENDLY EVENT!" notice on specific outings and bring your children along!

If You Plan to Attend

Please, call or email the field trip leader to confirm the date, time and place and to hear of any updates or last minute changes a few days before the trip is scheduled to take place. The leader will also appreciate knowing the approximate number of participants ahead of time.

When our walk is taking place on a Lakehead Region Conservation Authority property, please note that parking fees apply. To help offset LRCA's costs of maintenance we encourage you to buy a season pass here: Explore Card or at the LRCA office or pay $2 for a one time parking fee. Thank you.

For other hikes in our area please check the Thunder Bay Hiking Association website by clicking here or check the Lakehead Region Conservation Authority website by clicking here.



Saturday, January 26, 2019 

Living with Snow, or How Animals Live in a Frozen World

Join Gerry Racey for a winter hike at the Cedar Creek Conservation Reserve.  We will snowshoe through different forest environments, examine snow conditions, identify animal tracks and develop an appreciation for how northern animals, birds and plants cope with the snow and the winter environment.  Snowshoes are required.  Bring a hearty lunch, water, and dress appropriately for the winter conditions considering level of physical exertion, wind and temperature.  It will be a slightly different snowshoe route from the hike in 2018. The hike will only proceed if daytime highs are forecast to be above -15oC.  Please notify Gerry Racey (807-939-1620; gdracey(at)tbaytel(dot)netmailto:gdracey(at)tbaytel(dot)net) of your intent to participate.  Meet at the north end of the Northwood Plaza parking lot (on Edward Street between Redwood and Churchill), form car pools, and depart at 10:00 am for the Conservation Reserve, approximately a 45 minute drive.


Saturday, February 3, 2019

Junior Program 

Parents and youth (and adults) are invited to follow the deer trails through the woods near the north side of the floodway to the shore of Lake Superior. There is easy walking along the the edge of the woods as an alternative to following the maze of woodland trails. We will be looking at the winter woods. Winter boots should be adequate. Meet at the Island Drive parking lot on the south side of the floodway at 1:00pm. Contact Marian Childs (577-1324) to confirm.


Saturday, February 10, 2019

Brule Bay Shoreline 

A morning snowshoe hike on Brule Bay or on the trail through the woods (dependent on ice conditions) to view ice formations, lichens and an open spring. The walk to the spring is suitable for children and depending on age they can decide if they want to go further. Meet near the entrance to the parking lot at Northwood Mall at 9:00 am. Contact Marian Childs (577-1324) to confirm.

Saturday, March 30, 2019

Junior Program - Conservatory Visit

A visit to the conservatory and walk along the river to look for birds and signs of spring. Meet in the conservatory parking lot at 10:00 am. Contact Marian Childs (577-1324) to confirm.


Keep checking back here as other outdoor events are arranged!