Founded in 1863 (and incorporated in 1879), the Ottawa Field-Naturalists’ Club is the oldest natural history club in Canada. Over 800 members have interests in all aspects of the natural world, from birding to botanizing, investigation to publication, conservation to cooperation. We hope you’ll find something here to suit your interests.

We meet on the second Tuesday of every month (except July and August) at 7 pm in the K.W. Neatby Building, Salon B, 960 Carling Avenue. Most weekends all year round, we go for nature walks to the many conservation areas in our region. Learn to identify the birds that frequent our lakes, fields, and forests; wade through a marsh searching for amphibians; or take a leisurely stroll with fellow nature lovers.


  • To promote the appreciation, preservation, and conservation of Canada’s natural heritage
  • To encourage investigation, publish the results of research in all fields of natural history, and diffuse the information as widely as possible
  • To support and cooperate with organizations engaged in preserving, maintaining or restoring environments of high quality for living things.

The Ottawa Field-Naturalists’ Club is a volunteer, non-profit organization. An Annual Business Meeting of Club members elects the Board of directors, which oversees operations during the year. Individual activities are undertaken by many club members, participating in committees. Traditionally, most chairs of the various committees sit on the Board of Directors. Minutes of the Annual Business Meeting, annual reports of the committees and financial statements are found here.