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.

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September 2021

Crevices, Caves & Cambering

September 24 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm

Crevices, Caves & Cambering with Carol MullinDate: Friday, September 24, (alt Sep 25), 9:30 am - NoonJoin Carol for a unique 6 km, 2.5 – 3-hour hike through Boyd’s Crevice near Owen Sound.  You will observe and learn about the amazing geology in this majestic formation. This moderately paced, in-and-out hike has easy, moderate and brief difficult sections, plus possibly slippery conditions. Hiking poles suggested. Bring water and a snack. Register for directions: ttcmullin@hotmail.com

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October 2021

McIvor Wetland near Purple Valley with Bob and Marie Knapp

October 2 @ 12:30 am - 1:00 pm

McIvor Wetland near Purple Valley with Bob and Marie KnappDate: Saturday, October 2, 9:30 am - 1 pm   This is your chance to visit this 300 acre BTC property with all the richness of the fall. This is a unique wetland with lots of escarpment features.      You will be meeting at the Colpoy's Bay dock (Bruce Road 9) at 9:30 am.  Then you will drive to Crooked Toe Road where the hike will begin. Bring a lunch and water.  Tea will…

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Fall Colour Hike with Lilla Fodor

October 7 @ 10:30 am - 2:30 pm

Fall Colour Hike with Lilla FodorJoin us for a spectacular fall colour hike across the top of Beaver Valley, down through Bowles Gully and back up through the Kimberley Forest. This is a 4 hour hilly hike taking in parts of the Beaver Valley Ski Club hills with long views over Beaver Valley, a stroll though the quaint ski chalets along the bottom of the hill and lunch halfway though by the Beaver River, after which we will slowly be making our…

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

October 14 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Thursday, October 14, 2021Join 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…

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Water Birds & More, with David Turner

October 16 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm

Sat Oct 16 9:30-Noon Water Birds & More, with David TurnerBeaver Valley/Thornbury Area Birdlife on the shores, river banks,wetlands & more.Reg: fleshertonartgallery@gmail.com 519-924 3560

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November 2021

Exploring the Geology of the North Shore, Manitoulin and Lake Superior

November 11 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Exploring the Geology of the North Shore, Manitoulin and Lake SuperiorJenna McGuire will share what she has learned exploring the geology to the north of Grey-Bruce and how it ties into local geological and cultural stories. (If in person, Jenna will bring a variety of local and northern specimens for viewing.)

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