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.

Please do not bring pets on our conducted hikes. Thank you for your consideration.

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, August 24th, 2019

Local Geology Tour

Join Mark Puumula for a tour of some of the dramatic geological features of the area. Wear a high visibility safety vest  as we will be walking along Hwy 587 in places, visiting road cuts, Hillcrest Park and the rock cliffs at Pass Lake.  Bring a lunch. Meet at the Landmark Inn at 9:00 am. Contact Mark at 346-9625.


Saturday, August 31st, 2019

McKellar Island Bird Observatory Visit

FAMILY FRIENDLY EVENT! Juniors and others are invited to view the fall birds coming to the bird observatory on McKellar Island.  This is a great opportunity to view many species up close as they are caught in mist nets, gently removed, measured, weighed and then released. Drop in anytime from 9 am -12 pm. To get there turn onto Baffin Road from Island Drive. Look for the red flagging tape on the right side of the road marking the site entrance, park and follow the trail to the site.   Children as well as adults are always welcome to visit this location. Fall operation is August 1 to October 31.


Saturday, September 7th, 2019

Mycology outing

Join Len Hutchison at 1:00pm in the parking lot at the end of Clarke Street off N. Algoma by the former Lakehead Psychiatric Hospital to explore the nearby forest trails to look for various fungi.  Contact his office at 343-8508.


Saturday, September 14th, 2019

The Nature of Clear-cuts

Whether you love them or hate them, we promise an interesting discussion of what is happening in the soil, on the forest floor and with both the residual woody material and the new forest growth on a site where the forest has been harvested. 

You will discover how natural ecological processes are harnessed during the forest harvest and renewal cycle and how silvicultural science is applied in the boreal forest. There will also be an opportunity to discuss implications for wildlife and their habitat. The boreal forest is a "disturbance-driven" forest where disturbance may come from disease, insects, blowdown, or ultimately, fire. Each has its own suite of ecological impacts and consequences.  Forest harvesting is not identical to any of them but has many similarities with each. We will examine a recent cutover of a pure conifer stand and an adjacent mixed wood stand before moving to a regenerating cutover of similar stands and observe the different plant succession. 

 Your hosts, Gerry Racey and Mac Squires will dig deep into their collective 90 years of forest ecology and management experience to discuss some of the subtle or not so subtle factors that influence management of the anthropogenic boreal forest. Their different backgrounds, training, and experiences have grown their knowledge and changed their perspectives over the decades. So, don’t be surprised when their opinions differ on some points. Come along and enjoy the fun with us.

This is full day outing and will take place regardless of weather. Bring a lunch and come prepared with sturdy footwear and armed with all the questions, concerns and curiosity about the “Nature” of the regenerating forest. Meet September 14, 2019 at 8:30 am in the parking lot of the Landmark Inn and we will car-pool to the site. Contact Gerry Racey (gdracey(at)tbaytel(dot)net; 807-939-1620) to confirm your attendance. 


Saturday, September 21st, 2019

Glacial history of Thunder Bay

Join Brian Philips for this day trip exploring the geomorphology of the area around Thunder Bay.  Bring a lunch. Meet at 9:00 am at the north end of the Northwood Mall parking lot on Edward St. Confirm by calling Brian Philips at 807-344-3770.


Saturday, September 28th, 2019

Fall Migrant Birding

Led by Nick Escott we will be searching for fall migrants. Bring a lunch and appropriate clothing. Meet at 9:00 am at the Landmark Inn/County Fair parking lot. Call Nick at 345-7122 (h) or text/call his cell at 629-7892.


Saturday, October 5th, 2019 

Chippewa Ridge Hike

A circle tour of the top of a small mountain, viewing Puskaskwa Pits, old beaches, and dramatic lookouts. Meet at the north end of Northwood Park Mall. Contact Marian Childs 577-1324 to confirm.


Saturday,October 12th, 2019

Waterfowl Viewing Day 

FAMILY FRIENDLY EVENT! Visit Mission Marsh to view waterfowl. Contact the Lakehead Regional Conservation Authority @ 344-5857.


Saturday, November 2nd, 2019

Fall Birding Round Up

John Woodcock will be the contact for the fall birding round-up in Thunder Bay. Once again birders are encouraged to report their sightings for this day to the Fall Round up . In order to report your sightings you have to be a member of the group - nwobirds(at)yahoogroups(dot)com. To join send an emai to: NWObirds-subscribe(at)yahoogroups(dot)com or contact John at (807) 767-1575 for more information.


Thursday, December 26th, 2019

Christmas Bird Count

Details to follow.


Keep checking back as other outdoor events are arranged!