The NFN holds monthly meetings from September until May. At each meeting, guest speakers present information on various aspects of natural history. Meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month, at the Simcoe Seniors Centre, Pond Street, in Simcoe. Doors open at 7:15 p.m., and the program begins at 7:30 p.m.

Various field outings are also planned throughout the year, and include trips to local conservation areas, bird banding, winter tree identification and much more. Field outings are free of charge.

Download the 2019-2020 Speaker and Field Outing Schedule.

Please click the title of each event below to get full details.

From time to time, it may be necessary to cancel a general membership meeting or field event. Here is our event cancellation policy.


Geology of Ontario (Speaker Event)–CANCELLED

To minimize the risk to attendees and speakers in light of the COVID-19 situation, the April 14th speaker event has been cancelled. We apologize for any inconvenience.      

Timberdoodle Night Hike (Field Event)–CANCELLED

To minimize the risk to attendees and event leaders in light of the COVID-19 situation, the April 17th Timberdoodle night hike has been cancelled. We apologize for any inconvenience.        

Mother’s Day Spring Wildflower Hike (Field Event)

Bring Mom and join us on a leisurely stroll through the south tract of Backus Woods. Colleen and Bernie will identify and discuss the diversity and natural history of spring ephemeral flowers along the wooded trail.

Movie Night

Join us at the Simcoe Seniors' Centre for popcorn and movie night. Film title “TBA”.      

NFN Picnic (Field Event)

NFN members and non-members alike are invited to meet at the Interpretive Centre (885 Hwy. 24 at Forestry Farm Road) at 11:00 a.m., go for a tour and then head back to the Centre for a picnic lunch. Bring your own lunch, lawn chairs and insect repellant.  

Long Point Butterfly Count (Field Event)

Join one of our “winged jewels” experts and help tabulate the species and numbers of butterflies in Long Point and surrounding area, as part of the North America-wide annual count.  

Bat Hike (Field Event)

Liv Monck–Whipp will tell us about the general biology of bats and the different species that are in our area. Once it starts to get dark, we will go on a short hike looking and listening for bats.  

Hummingbirds and Butterflies (Field Event)

David Okines will give a hummingbird banding demonstration and then we’ll do a walk around the old field habitat to see what butterflies and birds can be seen.  

Mothing with Peter and Mary (Field Event)

Peter Carson and Mary Gartshore have been studying local moth species for quite a few years. They use light traps and sugaring methods to attract the moths, as well as rearing some of the larger species, and will have some on display.