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.



Spring Migrants at Mission Marsh – Saturday, April 28th, 2018

Join Keith Wade on Saturday April 28 for a walk around the Mission Marsh area to observe spring migrants, with special focus on those waterfowl species that may be present. Meet in the LRCA Mission Marsh parking lot for a start at 8:45 am. The outing will go until 12:00, however, participants can leave at any time for other planned activities. We will be watching L. Superior water levels through the winter and if lower than the past few years, and ice free, we may be able to revisit the south end of Mission Marsh by using Ont. Power Generation access by prior arranged permission. Contact Keith at 807-935-3092 the week of the outing to confirm attendance.

Nature’s Evening Choristers – Friday, May 11th, 2018

Family Friendly! This guided walk will take place at LRCA's Mills Block Forest at 8:00 pm.   We will look and listen for frogs and evening songsters. Meet at the Mills Block Forest parking lot. Wear waterproof footwear and warm clothing. Bring a flashlight. Contact leader George Holborn at 622-2113 to confirm date and time.

Birding – Thunder Bay to the Border – Saturday, May 12, 2018

Join Bert Harding on a driving trip to various birding sites along the way to search for waterfowl and early migrants. Bring a lunch and a scope if you have one. Meet at the Movati Athletic Club at 8:00 am.

Spring Warblers – Hurkett Cove – Saturday, May 19th, 2018

Meet at the Landmark Inn parking lot at 8:00 am. Bring a lunch and appropriate clothing for this day outing. Bring boots for the wet spots. Confirm with leader Tom Mitton at 767-6035.

Dorion’s Canyon Country Birding Festival, May 26th-27th, 2018   (Sold out!)

Hike at Middle Falls – Saturday, May 26th, 2018

For those who missed out on Dorion, we will explore the treasures of Middle Falls. A chance to share your knowledge of this treasure. Meet at the Movati Athletic Centre at 9:00 am. Contact Marian Childs 577-1324.

Mills Block Orchids – Saturday, June 2nd, 2018

Meet in the Mill’s Block Forest parking lot off John Street Road at 10:00 am. We will have an easy 4 km hike in mixed forest with some small hills. Bring insect repellent, beverages and a light lunch. Special guest will be Ryan LeBlanc. Contact leader Bruce Childs to confirm at 577-1324.

Bluebird Bonanza – Friday, June 8th, 2018

Join Sue Robinson for this workshop/field trip to check on nesting bluebirds and their broods as part of TBFN’s Bluebird Recovery Program as well as searching for other birds in the Stanley area. Meet at the Movati Athletic Club at 6:00 pm. Contact Susan Robinson at 344-1739 at least 2 days prior to confirm.

Mink Mountain – Saturday, June 9th, 2018

This is an all day event to explore the trails and treasures of Mink Mountain and its birds. Bring a lunch. Meet at 7:30 am at the SW corner of the Movati Athletic Club on Arthur St. Contact Brian Moore 344-2986 to confirm.

JUNIORS OUTING - Kam River & 1st Spike – Saturday, June,16th, 2018

An outing over the Westfort Walking Bridge (over the train tracks) to the Kam River to examine what is growing along the banks and possible water birds. This is the home of the 1st spike for the CPR’s transcontinental railway. The outing will be followed up by a visit to the Mary Black Library and their Ontario Nature’s trading post. Meet at the bridge south of the corner of Brown and Frederica Streets at 2:00 pm.  Contact Marian Childs 577-1324.

William Bog – Saturday, June 23, 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 Motavi Athletic Club at 9:00am. Contact Bruce Childs 577-1324. 

Sleeping Giant Weekend - July 7-8, 2018

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

Finding Caterpillars in their Natural Habitat - July 21, 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 22, 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 27-28, 2018

Presentsation on evening of Friday, 27 and workshop/field trip on Saturday, 28 July. More information to follow.

Caldwell Lake – August 11, 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 Motvai Athletic Club at 9:00 am. Contact David at 983-2155.

Experimental Lakes Area – August 18, 2018

A tour of the Experimental Lakes Area facilites 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 headquaters 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.

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

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

Greenwood Lake  - Walk with Will – September 29

Commemorative event for Dr. Willard Carmean

Please, mark your calendars for Septemeber 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 1pm 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. From Thunder Bay we will meet at the Movati Athletic Club at 10:00am. Detailed maps can be found at greenwoodlake.legacyforest.ca. Contact Lada Malek lmalek(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:

Lichens - October 6

Photo Workshop with Connie Hartviksen - date to be determined


Keep checking back here as more outdoor events are arranged!