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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October 2021

Crevices, Caves & Cambering

October 1 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm

***Rescheduled to Oct 1!***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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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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Indigenous Interpretive Hike with Jason Johnston

October 4 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

10am to 12:30/1pm Monday October 4, 2021 - Indigenous Interpretive Hike with Jason Johnston, MScMeet in Cape Croker Park - at the Bruce Trail Parking area. Bring a lunch to enjoy in the park afterwards.Limit 10 - to Register and receive map link, email   JasonJohnstonSedore@gmail.com"Since time immemorial the Anishinaabek people have understood our connection to and dependence on our Mother Earth. Nature provides food, medicine, and essentials for everyday life. Take a walk through the mixed forests, diverse wetlands, and…

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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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Trout Hollow Saunter – with Robert Burcher

October 11 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

10am to Noon, Monday October 11, Thanksgiving DayTrout Hollow Saunter - with Robert Burcher.Limit 12 - meet at Riverside Community Centre (map)157707 7th Line, Meaford Following in the footsteps of John Muir.As a follow up to the recent Grand Opening of the Escarpment Biosphere Conservancy's Trout Hollow Nature Reserve, OSFN offers this educational walk, with Author, Historian and Steward Robert Burcher, to reinforce for you the connections that John Muir had with our area during his time here, a century…

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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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Algonquin Arch Geology Hike with Bob Gray

October 17 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Algonquin Arch Geology Hike with Bob Gray.Examine the landslide zones and slumping near Georgian Peaks, as well as the ancient Fossil Beds at Delphi Point and Craigleith. Car Pooling may be possible at 1:30PM from Owen Sound at Home DepotRegister: kemblemt1@gmail.com or 519-371-9128

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Marshall Woods Magnificent Old Growth Forest Hikewith Bob Knapp

October 23 @ 9:15 am - 1:00 pm

Marshall Woods Magnificent Old Growth Forest Hike (near Walters Falls) with Bob Knapp Meet 9:15 am at Grey Roots to drive together or carpool. Hike 6 kilometres. This magnificent, cathedral-like forest, is also home to many fungi, the pretty Rocklyn Creek, plus a lovely, terraced waterway, and the terrain can be uneven in places. Hike only cancelled if there is heavy rain. Bring water and snack.Register: rmknapp@yahoo.com or 519-371-1255

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Water Birds & More, with David Turner

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

***Postponed to Oct 30th due to heavy rains***Sat Oct 30 9:30-Noon Water Birds & More, with David TurnerA chance to check up on the birdlife around the shores, river banks, wetlands, and more; to learn who has just flown in, who is planning to stay, and who will be winging away southwards soon.Reg: fleshertonartgallery@gmail.com 519-924 3560

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November 2021

Aquatic Invertebrate Identification with Rosie Martin

November 6 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Aquatic Invertebrate Identification with Rosie MartinSaturday November 6th, 2:00-5:00 pm, Harrison ParkMax group size 25 (drop in/out style rather than hike)Meet in Harrison Park (by the river just east of the playground washrooms, see attached map) to learn tips on how to identify aquatic insects like (larval) dragonflies, damselflies, mayflies, caddisflies and more. I will have tables set up with microscopes and invertebrates collected from a nearby beaver pond. The event will run from 2:00-5:00 on a drop in/drop out basis. I…

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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.) Please be aware that the OSFN follows Public Health guidelines related to Covid-19. This is a hybrid In-Person & Zoom Meeting! This indoor program on November 11 will be open…

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Birding Around the Bay – Waterfowl and More

November 14 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Birding Around the Bay – Waterfowl and More with Kiah Jasper. Join Kiah for this OSFN Tradition.  Ducks, grebes, loons - you can search for them all!  There may also be some inland spots where winter finches and juncos have replaced warblers.A fall tradition you won’t want to miss, checking the shorelines and the Sound itself with migration well underway.  Meet at the front of the Owen Sound Bayshore Community Centre.    Register: kiahjasper@gmail.com

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