Field Trips

Join our volunteer naturalists on outings within and beyond the Calgary. Everyone is welcome – more eyes mean more sightings! Field trips are held throughout the year and visit parks, natural areas and wildlands within the city and in the prairies, foothills and mountains. Field trips are led by Nature Calgary volunteers with local knowledge. Nature Calgary also organizes special trips to explore natural areas beyond Calgary, including bus trips.

Upcoming field trips are listed below. For any questions about the field trips, please contact the field trip leader directly.

Nature Calgary updates the field trips throughout the year to accommodate trail conditions and weather. Become a member for the latest updates or check this page often for trip updates.

Field Trip FAQ

Before the trip

Who can join the field trips?
Everyone is welcome to join the field trips. Check the event description for the level of activity and length of the outing. If you have any questions before the trip, contact the event leader.
Who leads the trips?

The field trips are led by volunteers with a passion for nature and for sharing their enthusiasm and knowledge with others. Our volunteers have walked the paths before and will try to encourage your interest in natural history. If you are interested in leading a trip, learn more about our volunteer opportunities.

What if the weather is questionable?
Calgary’s weather can change quick. To confirm the field trip will still happen, contact the trip leader and check this page for updates. If you’re uncertain, always contact the trip leader.

 

If the weather changes for the worse during the trip, the outing may be cut short. And sometimes, trips are extended if the weather is great and everyone is having a good experience.

How much do the field trips cost?
Most field trips are free for Nature Calgary members, with the exception of our special trips. If the trip has a fee, payment can be submitted through the website when registering for the trip. Non-members can join in most field trips and non-member pricing is available for our special trips.
Do I need to RSVP?
Most field trips do not require pre-registration. Some events, such as our bus trips, do require pre-registration. Please check the event details to confirm if pre-registration is required. If pre-registration is required, please contact the trip leader at least 24 hours in advance of the outing.
During the trip
Where is the meeting place?
The outings are located throughout and beyond the city. See the event descriptions for the meeting places and times – they are different for each field trip.
Do I need to sign a waiver?
Yes – all participants must sign a waiver and release.

 

What should I bring?

Bring appropriate clothing, gear and food for the conditions and expected duration of the field trip. Here is a suggested list:

 

  • Appropriate footwear and clothing
  • Binoculars
  • Sunscreen and hat
  • Insect repellent
  • Water, snacks and a lunch if going for a full day
  • Camera
Can I bring my dog?
No – we ask that you leave your dog at home.
Are there any ethics or etiquette that I should be aware of?
Participants are requested to stay with the group, let the leader lead, share the sighting and move quietly. For more information about birding etiquette please see the American Birding Association Code of Birding Ethics.
 

Have more questions? Contact the trip leader directly or send us a message with any general inquiries.

 

Upcoming Field Trips

68th Street NE Wetlands

68 Street SE Wetlands Alberta, Canada

We will spend the evening seeking shorebirds, gulls, and herons. Meet in parking lot off 68th Street NE, east of Elliston Park. The walk is quite flat and friendly to […]

Brown Lowrey PP

Brown-Lowry Provincial Park Alberta, Canada

This beautiful forested area provides excellent birding opportunities. There are washrooms available at the trailhead but not on the trails. The trail is packed woodchips and bare earth. There are […]

68th Street NE Wetlands

68 Street SE Wetlands Alberta, Canada

We will spend the morning seeking shorebirds, gulls, and herons. Meet in parking lot off 68th Street NE, east of Elliston Park. The walk is quite flat and friendly to […]

Glenbow Ranch Birding Golf Cart Trips

Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park Alberta, Canada

The regular price is $40 per person. There is a discount code for NC members to get $10 off. Use Code NATURECALGARY24 Here’s a link to the registration page on […]

Flower Explore Stroll

Nose Hill - 64 Ave and 14 St Parking Lot 6465 14 St NW, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Meet at the parking lot at Nose Hill 64th street entrance. Register with leader Betty at bmillham@shaw.ca or phone landline 403-243-1899 and leave message.

Plant Noticers Club – Nose Hill

Nose Hill - 64 Ave and 14 St Parking Lot 6465 14 St NW, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

We’ll be looking for plants in Nose Hill. Meet at 14th Street and 64th Ave Entrance. If you have a plant identification book please bring it.

St. Patrick’s Island Birding

Join Nature Calgary for a bird walk on St. Patrick's Island on June 28, 2024 and observe the fascinating variety of birds found in their natural habitat. Birds have been […]

North Glenmore Park

North Glenmore Park (Parking Lot C)

Meet in parking lot C at North Glenmore Park. Please register with Penny Smith at 403-249-5997 or 404-807-8137. Please email oban2010mull@hotmail.com

Glenbow Ranch Birding Golf Cart Trip

Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park Alberta, Canada

The regular price is $40 per person. Holly will set up a discount code for NC members to get $10 off. Use Code NATURECALGARY24 Here’s a link to the registration […]

Little Fish Provincial Park

Little Fish Lake PP

Meet in parking lot C at North Glenmore Park. Please register with Penny Smith at 403-249-5997 or 404-807-8137. Please email oban2010mull@hotmail.com