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.

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Celebrate Earth Day with Keynote Speaker Robert Bowles

Celebrate Earth Day with Keynote Speaker Robert Bowles, award-winning writer, artist, photographer and naturalist. Sponsored by Caframo  Location details to be announced soon - see www.osfn.ca  A lifetime of nature education, research, and community engagement but now Mother Earth needs your help more than ever with impacts from climate change and increased pressure and decreased protection by the Ontario … Continue reading Celebrate Earth Day with Keynote Speaker Robert Bowles

Spring Hike on the Stew Hilts Side Trail, Beaver Valley with Lilla Fodor

Date: Friday April 26, 2024Time: 9:30 am -11:30amJoin us for a Spring Hike as we loop around the Stew Hilts Side Trail along the Bruce Trail in Beaver Valley.  Although this is a mere 3.5 km loop, it offers rugged terrain, steep hills, the geologically significant Hilts Falls,  a magnificent view from the Cuckoo Valley … Continue reading Spring Hike on the Stew Hilts Side Trail, Beaver Valley with Lilla Fodor

A Springtime Interpretive Hike with Lenore Keeshig at Neyaashiinigmiing (RAIN DATE!)

This hike was rained out and has a new date.A Springtime Interpretive Hike with Lenore Keeshig at NeyaashiinigmiingHike with Leader Lenore Keeshig on Monday, April 29, 10:30am to 1:30pm Featuring Wildflowers and More, with lunch along the trail. Leisurely pace, easy to moderate terrain. Bring beverage plus snack/lunch. Max:15; Registration and directions - email   lenore.keeshig@gmail.com or 519 534 4107A Springtime … Continue reading A Springtime Interpretive Hike with Lenore Keeshig at Neyaashiinigmiing (RAIN DATE!)

Mushroom Identification with Joanne Anderson 

Mushroom Identification with Joanne AndersonDate: Friday May 10Time: 10:30am to 1:30pm***Currently Full with a Waitlist*** Joanne Anderson of Mushrooms etc. will lead us on a walk through her garden of cultivated mushrooms and along nearby trails to look for wild mushrooms. There is a wide variety of mushrooms to be found in Grey County, and with a little luck and good rain in May, … Continue reading Mushroom Identification with Joanne Anderson 

‘Botany and More, on the Lake Huron Shore’ with Jeannine Kralt.

Thursday morning June 13, 9:30 start time at Oliphant Fen. Fens are unique coastal wetlands occurring along the escarpment, meadow marshes that have conditions that are favourable for a variety of interesting species including orchids and carnivorous plants. Join Jeannine for this easy hike, mostly along boardwalks at a couple of our local fens, beginning at the … Continue reading ‘Botany and More, on the Lake Huron Shore’ with Jeannine Kralt.

Three Waters, Documentary Film & AGM

Owen Sound Field Naturalists Annual General MeetingBay Room at the Bayshore Community CentreJune 13, 20245:45 pm (Social)6:30 pm (Meeting)The AGM Report includes updated Publications ReportThis Meeting will be in person only.Attendance by ZOOM is not an option. Followed by: Three Waters A documentary film presented by Scott Parent and his daughter AcadiaScott Parent and his daughter Acadia, present Three Waters, their … Continue reading Three Waters, Documentary Film & AGM

Saugeen Valley Lookout – An outstanding opportunity to visit Nels Maher’s and John Weir’s Fern Garden

Thursday, June 20,  - 10am - 3pm ***EVENT IS FULL***Saugeen Valley Lookout - An outstanding opportunity to visit Nels Maher's and John Weir’s Fern Garden. See Orchids, Birds and more on this 40 Acre Naturalized Property by the Saugeen River near Durham.  Bring lunch, & enjoy tours by Brian & Clare Maher. Register: brianmaher599@hotmail.com or 705-728-1507

Beaverdale Bog Quest of Discovery with Rick Watt and/or Ann-Ida Beck

Date: Saturday, June 29 at 9am to 11am Description: The Beaverdale Bog is at the heart of a wetland complex west of the Beaver Valley and northeast of Markdale. Our leaders, Rick Watt and/or Ann-Ida Beck, will take us into this environment of harsh growing conditions and specialized plants for you to discover, and back … Continue reading Beaverdale Bog Quest of Discovery with Rick Watt and/or Ann-Ida Beck

Mothing with Alan Macnaughton and Discovery Program Staff

The moths you see are different depending on the season and habitat. On Tuesday, July 16, Alan Macnaughton will be at MacGregor Point Provincial Park. Alan is a popular presenter with our Club. Alan plans to spend about half an hour with an indoor presentation in the Visitor Centre outlining some highlights of his life-long … Continue reading Mothing with Alan Macnaughton and Discovery Program Staff

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. 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. The meeting gets under way at 7:00, and may include brief announcements by other organizations as well as OSFN club activities, 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.