Our Club

Welcome to Sydenham Field Naturalists, the solitary naturalists club of Chatham-Kent.

As a registered, non-profit charitable organization, our dedicated members share a common passion for both enjoying and conserving wildlife and natural history, with a primary focus on the Chatham-Kent area.

Engaging in diverse projects, such as prairie restoration and conservation endeavors, we actively contribute to the preservation of significant natural areas in our region.

Our club is a vibrant community that offers an array of enriching experiences, including captivating guest speakers, insightful field trips led by knowledgeable members, an annual banquet featuring a special guest speaker, and the presentation of a prestigious conservation award. Members also have the option to participate in various activities like flora and fauna surveys, native species planting, trail maintenance, or volunteering at bingos.

At Sydenham Field Naturalists, we provide a platform for members to pursue their interests in the natural world. We extend a warm invitation for you to become an integral part of our community.

Our Objectives

  1. Foster activities that cultivate an appreciation for, and contribute to the preservation and conservation of, our natural heritage.
  2. Create a supportive environment for nature enthusiasts to gather and share their experiences.
  3. Offer financial support to partner groups and our own club projects as a non-profit charitable organization.
  4. Promote and explore the diverse natural areas within our local region.
  5. Serve as a reliable source of information on nature-related topics.

Our Structure

The Board of Directors oversees the club’s activities, finances, and operations for the mutual benefit of its members. An active and dedicated board, supported by the participation of our members, is crucial for the effective operation and continuity of the club.

As a collective, we organize a wide range of activities for both indoor and outdoor programs, actively participate in fundraising initiatives, and allocate funds to support our club’s projects and those of approved preservation partners

President Mike Smith
Vice-President  Ismay Earl
Past President Larry Cornelis
Secretary Vacant
Treasurer Carissa (Cris) Dawson
Program Chairperson Mike Young
Membership Chairperson Patricia (Patty) Henderson
Social Chairperson Vacant
Communications Chairperson Sherri-Anne Wills
Conservation Chairperson Bill Young
Project Coordinator David Smith
Susan Jeffrey Director
Lidia Ritchie Director
Jenna Straughan Director
Chris Attridge Director
Brian Cammaart Director


Explore our distinctive natural surroundings while actively engaging in the wonders of our natural world.

We extend a warm welcome to visitors, families, and prospective new members.

Join us in discovering more about our unique natural environment.




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