Sydenham Field Naturalists have made a difference.

Refer to the map and see our contributions.

 Numbers 1 13 mark nature projects we have helped with financial support.

  Numbers 13 24 are projects that our club has taken on as projects to enhance or protect habitat and monitor species.

Our volunteers and members have planted, weeded, watered and monitored in the name of species and/or habitat preservation.



Our Club

Sydenham Field Naturalists is the naturalists club of Chatham-Kent.

We are a registered, non-profit organization whose members aim to enjoy, as well as preserve wildlife and natural history, primarily in the Chatham-Kent area. 

The club is involved in a variety of projects including prairie restoration and conservation efforts to preserve significant natural areas in the region.

We also have an interesting array of guest speakers at meetings, a number of field trips led by knowledgeable club members to natural areas, an annual banquet with a special guest speaker and the awarding of a conservation award. Some members choose to participate in various flora and fauna surveys, native species planting, trail maintenance or volunteering at bingos.

Our club offers opportunity for its members to pursue a variety of interests in the natural world and we encourage you to become involved.

Our Objectives 

- Encourage and promote activities that would lead to the appreciation, preservation and conservation of our natural heritage

  • - Provide the opportunity for nature interested people to gather and share experiences together 
  • - Provide financial support to partner groups and our own club projects
  • - Promote and explore the natural areas of our local region
  • - Provide a reliable source of information regarding nature related topics
  • Our Structure 

The Board of Directors manages the activities, finances and operation of the Club for the mutual benefit of its members. An active and concerned board, backed by the support and participation of the membership is vital to the effective operation and continuation of the Club.

 As a group, we organize a wide variety of activities for our indoor and outdoor programs, support fund raising initiatives and direct such funds to support our own projects and those of approved preservation causes.



Dave Smith


Larry Cornelis

Past President

Denise Shephard


Herman Giethoorn


Nancy Duchene

Program Chairperson

Tom Chatterton

Social Chairperson

Janet Fraser

Communications Chairperson

Barb Smith

Conservation Chairperson

Andreane Longpre

Ontario Nature Representative

Larry Cornelis


Join in and learn more about our unique natural environment.
Visitors, families and new members are always welcome.

Tags:     about us      projects      award      Outdoor Program      owl      survey      bingo      Larry
Latest Articles