Naturalists usually start in as beginners who have their curiosity aroused about nature: some start very young; others not until late in life. Age does not matter in a naturalist; it is the spirit that counts. (From The Amateur Naturalist by Vinson Brown). Seven people had that spirit when they met in March of 1980 for the purpose of forming a club in north Simcoe County to foster an interest in the natural world and to promote an enlightened attitude toward that world.
Our members have done much to foster, preserve, educate, and enjoy our particular, wonderful natural world. Through trips, speakers and ad-hoc committees, members have explored most of the area regularly, learned a great deal about a wide variety of nature topics, helped build The Uhtoff Trail from Orillia to Coldwater, supported the formation of The Couchiching Conservancy, helped preserve a valuable Lake Simcoe Victoria Point wetland and The Scout's Valley forest tract within the city limits from development, and hosted an Ontario Nature - Federation of Ontario Naturalists conference.
For more information visit the Orillia Naturalists' Club website.