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. 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.

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.



William Bog – Saturday, June 23rd, 2018

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

Sleeping Giant Weekend - July 7th-8th, 2018

Come out for the weekend and share in various activites with club members and staff at the park.

Pictured Lake -  Saturday, July 14th, 2018

Join Barb Yurkosky on this walk through the woods to the lake on the Painted Lake Nature Reserve, which is one of TBFN’s prettiest reserves, near Oliver Lake. We’ll identifty birds and vegetation in the forest that leads to the lake. The walk in and back takes about 2 ½ hrs. Meet at the Movati Athletic Club parking lot at 9:30am. Contact Marian Childs 577-1324.

Finding Caterpillars in their Natural Habitat - July 21st, 2018

Looking for caterpillars is very difficult, as they utilize disguises, camouflage, and mimicry to avoid detection from their main predators, birds and parasitic wasps. Explore how they do this, while we utilize various methods to uncover their hiding places, as we look to detect the seemingly undetectable caterpillar.  Juniors are welcome with close supervision. Meet at Robins Donuts parking lot, corner of Arundel and Hodder, Current River at 11 am. Leader John Walas.

Red Rock Bioblitz - July 22nd, 2018 (Tentatively scheduled)

Following the Master Naturalist workshop participants will carry out a Bioblitz at the TBFN Red Rock property. TBFN members are welcome to join in. More information to come.

Bumblebee Workshop - July 27th-28th, 2018

A talk on bumble bees, including their conservation status, what you can do to help, and the Bumble Bee Watch citizen science program, will be held on Friday, July 27 at 7:00pm (Lunan Hall, St. Paul’s United Church). 

This will be followed on Saturday, July 28 by outings to search for and learn how to identify bumblebees in Thunder Bay in the morning and to Keith Wade’s rural Murillo property in the afternoon.  Meet at Boulevard Lake Park (parking lot just north of Algoma St N off Lyon Blvd W) for 9:30am Saturday.  If desired, arrangements can be made to meet for just the afternoon in Murillo. 

Bring insect field collection nets if available, water, and lunch. Closed toed shoes, long pants, hat, sunscreen, and bug spray recommended. For more information contact Victoria MacPhail at vmacphail(at)gmail(dot)com or Marian Childs at marianchilds(at)shaw(dot)ca.

This event is free to TBFN members and the public. Preregistration would be appreciated. Preregister here:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/catch-the-buzz-a-hands-on-event-to-learn-about-bumble-bees-in-thunder-bay-tickets-45478240642

Caldwell Lake – August 11th, 2018

Led by David Legge we will explore the bog in search of orchids and bog plants as well as the nearby shoreline of Lake Superior. Bring a lunch and shoes suitable for getting wet. Meet at the Movati Athletic Club at 9:00 am. Contact David at 983-2155.

Experimental Lakes Area – August 18th, 2018

A tour of the Experimental Lakes Area facilities west of Dryden. The tour starts at 10:00 am on Saturday and runs until 3:00 pm. Bring a lunch. We will stay in Dryden the night of the 17th. Five rooms have been tentatively booked at Riverview Lodge 807-223-4320. It can be very hard to find a camping spot or hotel room on weekend nights in this area as they are heavily booked early. The site is a 2 hr drive from Dryden, so we will leave Dryden at 7:30 am on Saturday. The 30 km gravel road into the headquarters is gated and one needs a OMNR vehicle permit to access the site. If possible we will car pool to the site. Please contact Marian Childs 577-1324 to arrange accommodation and transportation.

Kam River Reserve – Saturday, August 25th, 2018

Explore the Kam River Valley with Michael Carter. More details to follow.

Bird banding at McKellar Island Bird Observatory – September 9th, 2018

FAMILY FRIENDLY EVENT!  A special day for juniors and club members to drop in at the McKellar Island Bird Observatory to see birds close up as they are caught, identified, measured, banded and released from mist nets as well as watching them at the feeders. Come anytime during the morning from 7:30am-1:00pm unless it is raining. To get there take Main St. east from Memorial Ave. or Fort William Rd. over the railway overpass and turn right onto 110th Ave. This becomes Island Drive after the first bridge. Once on McKellar Ave turn left onto Baffin St. There is a sign at the beginning of the site and flagging tape at the trail entrance. More information can be found at www.facebook.com/mckellar or phone John at 807-709-6870.

Glacial History of the Thunder Bay area – September 15th, 2018

A day trip exploring the geomorphology of the area around Thunder Bay. Bring a lunch. Meet at 9:00 am at the Movati Athletic Club on Arthur St. Confirm by calling Brian Philips 344-3770.

Greenwood Lake  - Walk with Will – September 29th, 2018

Commemorative event for Dr. Willard Carmean

Please, mark your calendars for September 29, 2018 for an event at Greenwood Lake Conservation Reserve, a place which was very special to our dear colleague and friend Will Carmean. Details of the event will be communicated later, but a walk through the old growth forest will be the main activity. Wearing of (red) suspenders is strongly encouraged!

The event will start at 1 pm at the information board/trailhead for the blue and yellow trails. An attempt will be made to sign/flag the road from the highway turnoff at Kashabowie, toward Burchell Lake and South to Greenwood Lake. Detailed maps can be found at greenwoodlake.legacyforest.caFrom Thunder Bay we will meet at the Movati Athletic Club at 10:00 am. Contact Lada Malek lmalek(at)lakeheadu(dot)ca

Learning about Lichens of Thunder Bay – Saturday, October 6th, 2018 

Learn about lichens with Hanna Dorval on this day long outing to Chippewa Ridge. Bring a lunch and sturdy footwear. Meet at the Movati Athletic Club at 9:00 am. Contact Hanna at hdorval(at)lakeheadu(dot)ca

Fall Waterfowl Viewing Day - Saturday, October 13, 2018

The Annual Waterfowl Viewing Day at Mission Marsh Conservation Area organized by the Lakehead Region Conservation Authority. Once again the LRCA and expert birders from the Thunder Bay Field Naturalists will guide participants around the Conservation Area in search of migratory birds. No experience is necessary! Be sure to dress appropriately as this event runs rain-or-shine. Be sure to bring your binoculars, cameras and field guides! More information at http://www.lakeheadca.com/events-education/special-events

Other outings currently being finalized:

Photo Workshop with Connie Hartviksen - date to be determined


Keep checking back here as more outdoor events are arranged!