About our Field Trips

Field trips provide an excellent opportunity for club members 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. 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. No pets, please, except for service dogs.

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 an update on any 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. 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 to help offset LRCA's costs for maintenance. Thank you.

If you would like to request or nominate someone for a particular trip or volunteer to lead a trip, please, contact the marianchilds(at)shaw(dot)catrips coordinator.

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.


Upcoming outings:

Bog Butterflies and Moths – Saturday, June 24th

A walk through the William Bog area to search out butterflies and moths led by John Walas. Meet near the southwest corner of the Movati parking lot along Arthur Street W. at 12:45 pm walk from 1:00-3:00 pm. Contact John Walas at 474-7633 or 345-3324 or  john(dot)walas(at)investorsgroup(dot)com In the event of rain the walk will be cancelled

Fledging Falcons – Friday, July 7th

Come out in the evening (7:30 pm) and watch fledging peregrine falcons as they try out their new wings. Exact location along the Nor’westers is to be determined. For comfortable viewing, bring a lawn chair, binoculars and a spotting scope if you have one. Contact Brian Ratcliff 768-8408 for directions and meeting locations.

Bowman Island trip – Saturday, July 8th to Sunday, July 9th

This trip is already filled.

Sleeping Giant Weekend – Saturday, July 8 and Sunday, July 9th

Come out for a weekend of activities at the Sleeping Giant Provincial Park. Saturday will see an afternoon hike at 1:00pm and then from 10 pm-12 pm, Saturday evening there will be a search for moths led by John Walas. On Sunday afternoon we will explore Sibley Creek and in the evening author, Soren Bondrup-Niels will give a slide show and readings from his book about the year he spent in Pukaskwa studying the park's birds. Come out for the day or a weekend of great activities.

Treasures in William Bog – Saturday, July 15th

Follow the pipeline into the bog in a search for orchids and other bog plants and their visitors.    Meet at the Movati Athletic Club at 9:00 am. Be prepared for wet feet! Contact Bruce Childs 577-1324. 

Beginners Botany – Saturday, July 22

Led by Myra McCormick, this walk will take participants along the new trail at the Wishart Conservation Area on Onion Lake Road. Meet at the Wishart Conservation area by 10:00 am.    For directions contact Marian Childs 577-1324.    

Pictured Lake – Saturday, July 29th

Join us on this walk into the lake on the Painted Lake Nature Reserve, which is one of TBFN’s prettiest reserves, near Oliver Lake. We will identify birds and vegetation in the forest that leads to the lake. The walk in and back takes about 2 ½ hrs. Meet at the Motavi Athletic Club parking lot at 9:30 am. Contact Marian 577-1324 or email Barbara at byurkoski(at)gmail(dot)com.

Lichens of Thunder Bay – Saturday, August 19th

Learn about lichens with Erika North on this daylong outing to “Chippewa Ridge”. Bring a lunch and sturdy footwear. Meet at the Movati Athletic Club at 9:00am. Contact Erica at 343-8506 or email enorth(at)tbaytel(dot)ne" href="mailto:enorth(at)tbaytel(dot)ne" target="_blank">enorth(at)tbaytel(dot)net.

Late Summer Birding – Saturday, August 26th

Join Bert Harding on a driving tour to various spots between Thunder Bay and the border to look for birds. This is an all day affair, so please bring a lunch. Meet in the Landmark Inn parking lot at County Fair Plaza at 8:00 am. Contact Bert at 630-4735 if you have any questions.

Native Archaeological Sites - Thunder Bay – Saturday, September 9th

This is a driving tour with Bill Ross to learn about some of the native archaeological sites in the city area. Meet at the Landmark Inn parking lot at 2:00 pm. Contact Bill Ross at 345-2733.

Fungus Finds – Saturday, September 16th

Join Len Hutchison at 1:00 pm in the parking lot at the Lakehead Psychiatric Hospital to explore the nearby forest trails to look for various fungi. Contact Len at his office at 343-8508.

Hawk Weekend Festival – September 15th-17th

Celebrate the fall bird migration at the Hawk Weekend Festival. It is the annual festival held by the Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory in Duluth, MN. It is a wonderful opportunity to showcase one of North America’s best places to experience the fall bird migration through field trips, workshops, presentations, social gatherings, and more. This is an event that has something for everyone! Please check in late spring/early summer 2017 for more info at: http://www.hawkridge.org/hawk-weekend-festival/

Successful Plant Preserving – Sunday, September 24th

Celebrate 150 years of plant preservation and Lakehead University’s herbarium collection. We will learn how to use a plant press to successfully preserve plants for future use in a herbarium for scientific research. There will be a walk near the University and a chance to see the herbarium. Details to be confirmed.

The Forest with Max Squires – Saturday, September 30th

More information to follow.


Keep checking back here as more outdoor events are arranged!