I’ve posted many photos on this blog from the nature walks I attend with naturalist Miles Hearn. These walks are facilitated by the Toronto District School Board. Sign up for the fall term begins today. I mention it here because people have asked me about these walks. They’re really fabulous. I’ve learned so much about the birds and plants around me in all seasons. Miles’ love and enthusiasm for the natural world and his level of knowledge is nothing short of remarkable.
I’ve signed up for the Wednesday walks for the fall. There are 11 GTA nature walks in this cycle. One of the great things about these is that if you can’t make it for one of your scheduled walks it’s no problem to attend other days instead.
You can sign up for TDSB Learn4Life courses online. The nature walks tend to fill up fast, so if you’re interested in attending these, I suggest signing up ASAP.
Each of the walks is in a different spot. The group meets at a designated spot at the designated time, and throughout the walk, Miles talks about the plants and birds we see (and hear) along the way. Miles has never cancelled a walk in the many years he’s been doing them, and I can tell you, he’s never late and he always starts on time. The walks are typically 2 hours through varied terrain. They’re fairly leisurely with lots of stops to talk about what we see. For those particularly interested in birding, by far the best cycle is during the spring migration, simply because there are more interesting songbirds around. However, I enjoy the walks throughout the seasons – there is always plenty to learn.