Member Group Detail

Rainy River Valley Field Naturalists

Town: Fort Frances

Ontario Nature Region: Northern - West

The Rainy River Valley Field Naturalists promotes appreciation, conservation and wise use of our natural environment in the Rainy River valley.

The club offers a variety of field trips, workshops and speakers throughout the year. Most outings include a leisurely walk or paddle while observing plants, insects, geology, birds and mammals of the area.

Meetings and speakers on topics of interest are scheduled for 7:00pm on the 1st Monday of each month from September to May.

The club has taken a leadership role in creating an interpretive trail in a previously mined peatland west of Fort Frances in Alberton Township. Parking, boardwalks, signage and pamphlets for the Cranberry Peatlands Interpretive Trail were made possible through many hours of volunteer labour with financial support from the Ontario Trillium Foundation, FedNor, Ministry of Natural Resources and Rainy River Future Development Corporation. A guiding principle is to promote education and recreation as an alternative, non-consumptive and sustainable land use for this site to enable long term recovery of the bog.

Club members contribute to a wide variety of provincial, national and international citizen science and ecological monitoring projects. eg Christmas Bird Count, Project Feederwatch, Nocturnal Owl Survey, FrogWatch, Ontario Odonata Atlas.

The club led a 2007-09 Rainy River District dragonfly survey to improve and update regional records and species status assessments. Outings and workshops are planned and a participant kit is available.

We invite you to visit our meetings, partake in our activities and join a group of dedicated naturalists.

For more information:
Rainy River Valley Field Naturalists
PO Box 253
Fort Frances, ON P9A 3M6

For more information please contact Ontario Nature at 1-800-440-2366 or


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