OSFN Programs

Please note that all Programs, and schedules are subject to change. To avoid disappointment, please check with this site for updates and changes to dates, speakers, locations, etc. We thank you for your understanding in these matters.

OSFN Indoor Meetings are normally held on the second Thursday of the month at 7:00 p.m. at the Bayshore Community Centre, 1900 3rd Ave E Owen Sound. There are no Indoor Meetings in July and August. However, until the City of Owen Sound’s COVID-19 restrictions and provincial and public health guidelines change, meetings will be held virtually, via ZOOM.  Please see the individual event listings below for more details.

We invite speakers with a wide range of expertise from Grey/Bruce and other parts of the province. These evenings are open to the public. The auditorium is open by 6:30, with coffee and refreshments. The meeting gets under way at 7:00, and may include brief announcements by other organizations as well as OSFN club acitivities, club business, social time, nature sightings and reports.

The club also offers a full schedule of outdoor activities during the year. Through these outings, members learn more about the birds, plants, mammals and geology of this part of Ontario. We also keep a protective eye on our precious natural areas.

Download our 2021/22 Schedule (pdf, 260kb)

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The Whisper on the Night Wind: The True History of a Wilderness Legend with Adam Shoalts 

October 14, 2021 @ 7:00 pm 9:00 pm

Thursday, October 14, 2021

Join professional explorer and #1 national best-selling author Adam Shoalts as he returns to tell us about his latest adventure and launch his brand new book, The Whisper on the Night Wind: The True History of a Wilderness Legend.                                                 

It’s the fascinating story of a century-old wilderness legend from the Labrador wild and Shoalts’s attempt to unravel it, which involves lots of natural history content.

Shoalts has a Ph.D. from McMaster University in History, is a National Champion of the Trans-Canada Trail, and the Westaway Explorer-in-Residence of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society. A regular guest on television and radio, his books include Alone Against the NorthA History of Canada in 10 Maps, and Beyond the Trees, all of them national bestsellers.

Please be aware that the OSFN follows Public Health guidelines related to Covid-19.

In-Person Meeting!

This indoor program on October 14 will be MEMBERS ONLY for in-person attendance. We are returning to the Bayshore Community Centre for this program. Covid-19 protocols will follow those required by the City of Owen Sound and pre-registration will be required and we have a maximum capacity of 125 attendees. A survey form has been sent to members through an e-Herald, which includes attendance guidelines.

If you are not receiving e-Heralds but are a member, please check your spam folders! Failing that, contact newsletter@owensoundfieldnaturalists.ca and we can make sure you’re still on the email list.


We expect to be able to offer this meeting by ZOOM (not recorded) that same evening, and continue to work out the technical challenges.

If we are able to do a ZOOM presentation, this event will be open to both members and non-members. Zoom details will be sent to members via email. Interested non-members can send an email to web@owensoundfieldnaturalists.ca with “Shoalts” in the subject line and we’ll send the Zoom details to you.