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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Open Chimneys

OPEN CHIMNEYS; Enjoy an evening of learning and watching one of Nature’s most amazing aerialists the CHIMNEY SWIFT. Participation limited to 20: pre-register - Peter Middleton (519-376-3242) Dates and times:Tuesday, May 24. 8:20 p.m. ( Sunset 8:55 p.m.)Tuesday, May 31, 8:20 p.m. ( Sunset 9:01 p.m.) Location: Old Courthouse,1235 3rd Avenue EastOwen Sound Please park […]

Birding and Botany at Kinghurst Forest Nature Reserve

Outing: 8AM Wednesday May 25Birding and Botany at Kinghurst Forest Nature ReserveLeaders: Jerry Asling and Nikki MayThe Kinghurst forest is one of the best maple/beech pre-settlement woodlands left in southern Ontario. It has many features of an old-growth forest. Many bird species call Kinghurst home. Spring flowers and ferns carpet the forest floor.Join us at […]

Our Piping Plovers: Where are they at, and how are they doing? with Andrea Gress.

Our Piping Plovers: Where are they at, and how are they doing? with Andrea Gress. Ontario’s Piping Plover population has been declining in recent years. With the 16th breeding season well underway, join Andrea Gress, the Program Coordinator with Birds Canada, to refresh your general plover knowledge, learn if this season might have higher results, […]

Discovery Tour of Britain Lake Wetland and Woodlands with NCC biologists.

Discovery Tour of Britain Lake Wetland and Woodlands with NCC biologists.  June 14, 10:30am to 1:30pm. See some of the special features and also what wildlife is on display during late Spring in the wetlands and woodlands of this newly protected NCC property. Plan to bring a lunch/snack to enjoy mid-tour. Register by email with Megan.Bonenfant@natureconservancy.ca for driving and parking […]

Railtrail Ramble III, Saturday June 18, with David Morris

Railtrail Ramble III 9:30am to noon, Saturday June 18, with David MorrisWalk the Georgian Bluffs Railtrail east of Shallow Lake (out and back), looking at some of the less common (or at least, less known) flora found along the way. We will explore a different section of the trail this year and are going earlier, […]

Piping Plovers with Lynne Richardson

Piping Plovers with Lynne Richardson. Visit Sauble Beach to find out about the valiant efforts of these super-cute and super-endangered birds to raise their wee golf-ball sized chicks on a busy public beach, and learn about Plover Lovers too.Register: lynnerichardson@rogers.com 519-599-3618

Saugeen Valley Lookout Visit Nels Maher’s & John Weir’s Fern Garden.

Saugeen Valley Lookout Visit Nels Maher's & John Weir’s Fern Garden. Visit Nels Maher's and John Weir’s Fern Garden. See Orchids, Birds and more on this 40 Acre Naturalized Propertynear Durham. Bring lunch, & enjoy tours by Brian & Clare Maher. Register: brianmaher599@hotmail.com or 705-728-1507