Events & Meetings

General Information

Club meetings are the first Tuesday of every month except July and August at 7:30 p.m. at the Arnprior Curling Club, 15 Galvin St., Arnprior (by the Fairgrounds). Guests welcome: $5 per meeting – Students welcome to attend for Free!

Guests are also welcome on field trips and will be asked to make a contribution of $5 to our club. (Students are free.) Please register beforehand and always check this website for updates before heading out on a field trip. NOTE: If you join a field trip, be aware that other participants may take your picture, accidentally or intentionally. So the photo may end up on the or other websites. It’’s a normal part of sharing field trip fun and information. If you don’’t want your photo used this way, tell the trip leader or the field trip coordinator at


  • Tue
    2:30 pm-4:30 pmArnprior

    Leader:  Michael Runtz

    Meet:  At the trailhead on McNab St. Directions are on our website.

    Michael, who was one of the original founders of the trail and who knows the natural history of the trail intimately, will lead us on a discovery walk through the area where we will be building the extension.  This is a wonderful opportunity to see the trail if you have never walked it before and a great chance to see the extension plans if you are a regular on the trail. Wear comfortable shoes (Rubber boots would be best for those wanting to explore the wetter areas.) and be prepared for biting insects.  Register at

  • Wed
    8:30 amWhite Lake

    Leader: Michael Runtz

    Meet: 8:30 am in the parking lot of the Metro Store, 375 Daniel Street, Arnprior. Park close to the road. We will carpool from there.

    This is a unique wetland which holds multiple species of our native orchids, carnivorous plants and unusual insects too, like the Bogbean Buckmoth. Wet feet are guaranteed in the fen so old running shoes make perfect footwear on a hot day. Hip-waders or tall rubber boots would work too. It is a good idea to cover up with light clothing for protection against the sun and the biting insects. Bring a hand lens and binoculars if you have them. Expect to be out until early afternoon and bring lots of water and a lunch. There will be an ice cream stop along the way to our picnic area. Note: There will be a limited number of registrations accepted for this trip due to the sensitive nature of the fen habitat. Register at

  • Sat
    8:30 am - 4:30 pmAlmonte

    Leaders: Jeff Skevington and Peter Hall

    Meet:  in the parking lot at the intersection of Dwyer Hill Road and March Road (NE of Almonte).
    Call Jeff Skevington Friday evening at 613-720-2862 if in doubt about the weather or for specific questions regarding this event. The rain date will be July 9.  Similar to Christmas Bird Counts, this event is an all-day survey of in a 24 km diameter circle. The count area is centred on Manion Corners (SW of Ottawa) and includes several important butterfly areas such as the Long Swamp and the Burnt Lands alvar. No experience is necessary - we will put teams together on site and match up people so that everyone has a chance to learn from the experts. If you have binoculars and a butterfly net, please bring them along. Butterflies may be captured for identification and release. Rubber boots are recommended, as some of the sites have a lot of poison ivy.  It is an all-day event so bring your lunch.
    We plan to meet at 6:00 pm after the count for a compilation and potluck dinner at the Allisons’ home at 561 Wolf Grove Road, about 2.6 km west of Almonte. Please bring along some food to share plus your own drinks. We hope that everyone can make it to the compilation, as it will be a lot of fun; however, if you can’t, we will get your data in the afternoon before you leave. OFNC has generously offered to pay the count fees for participants to support publication of the data. Registration is not required for this event. This event is especially "kid friendly".

  • Sat
    11 am - 2 pmMississippi Mills

    Leader: Shelby Gibson

    Meet: at the Mill of Kintail Conservation Area, in the parking lot, 1 Almonte Street, Mississippi Mills.

    Note, there is a $6 fee for each car.

    There are over 730 species of bees found in Canada. Shelby will introduce us to some of our native bees with a short talk and she will provide specimens for us to observe. We will follow that with time in the field to search for bumblebees and count them. The habitat has open field areas as well as trails, so we should have a good mix of things to look at.  Counts will be added to a Citizen Science project, “The Great Canadian Bumblebee Count", which runs July/August. Wear sturdy shoes and dress for the sun and biting insects. Bring water and a snack, also binoculars, camera and butterfly/bug net if you have them. This outing is very “kid-friendly”! Register at