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:

CANCELLED - Lichens of Thunder Bay – Saturday, August 19th

*Note that there will still be an outing to “Chippewa Ridge”. Marian Childs will lead the hike and identify lichens and vegetation along the trail. Bring a lunch and sturdy footwear. Meet at the Movati Athletic Club at 9:00am. Contact Marian at 577-1324 to confirm. This hike will be cancelled if the weather is foggy or wet.

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! Registration and more info are available 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.

Forestry Tour with Mac Squires – Saturday, October 7th

This is a tour of the boreal forest based on questions submitted to Mac ahead of time by potential hike participants. Clear cutting and boreal forest management are examples of areas for questions. Mac's book entitled, Dynamic Forest, is due to be published 26 August and presents his thoughts on future boreal forest management. We will meet at the Landmark Inn parking lot at 9:00 am. Please bring a lunch. Mac can be reached at 767-3180 or at squiresm(at)tbaytel(dot)net

Fall Waterfowl Viewing Day – Saturday, October 14th

Once again the Lakehead Region Conservation Authority and expert birders from TBFN will guide participants around the Mission Marsh Conservation Area in search of migratory birds. The event runs from 9:00am-12pm. Sponsored by Ontario Power Generation. For more information go to: http://lakeheadca.com/events-education/special-events

Keep checking back here as more outdoor events are arranged!