MPFN Socially Distanced Walk with Friends – Ste. Marie Park Midland


MPFN Socially Distanced Walk with Friends

From 10.00 am until 12.00 pm

At Ste Marie Park Midland ON

FREE. Registration Required. Please contact [email protected]

Midland-Penetanguishene Field Naturalists / [email protected]

MPFN Outing Sunday Feb. 21st 10 AM Ste. Marie Park
Red-tailed Hawk, Ste. Marie Park, Feb. 2021 Photo Ken MacDonald


With the lockdown ended and Simcoe-Muskoka in the provincial Red Zone, allowing outdoor gatherings of up to 25 people, the Midland-Penetanguishene Field Naturalists are going to cautiously restart their Outings Programme - "Socially Distanced Walk With Friends".  We ask participants to be even more diligent with the use of masks (they can keep you warm as well as safe). 
We'd ask members to do their best to RSVP if they would like to attend these walks.  This will give us a little better control on our numbers.  Non-members are also welcome on these walks.  You can RSVP by replying to this email.  
Our first Socially Distanced Walk With Friends (SDWWF) will be this Sunday Feb. 21st 10 AM at Ste Marie Park.  We will use the parking lot at Ste. Marie Among the Hurons to assemble.  This parking lot is cleared regularly unlike the parking area on the north side of Hwy 12 across from the Martyr's Shrine and should be more car-friendly.  
Parking for MPFN SDWWF
We will aim for about a 2 hour walk on easy trails.  
Other safety measures in effect at this outing as we try to keep our walks safe for all members:
Someone will be recording attendance, making sure that we have contact info for all participants, just in case any contact tracing needs to be done.  Be sure that you check in with this person. 
We'd ask that all participants carry a mask with them and use it if they are able.  If you find yourself in a situation where social distancing is difficult (studying those interesting tracks in the snow), put your mask on until you're able to get the requisite 6 feet away.  You may want to carry some hand sanitizer with you as well.  
Please do not participate if you are experiencing any flu-like symptoms. 
We realize that many of our members are in the high-risk age group so we understand if some members may decide to give these opportunities a pass.  But we feel a socially distanced walk in the outdoors is a fairly low risk activity.  We are not expecting large groups but if we have a surprising turn out we can always split up into smaller groups.  
We ask you to look on these walks, not as official club outings, but rather low key get-togethers of friends to enjoy nature together. 
What does social distancing look like?