Explore, appreciate, and preserve all the best parts of Calgary’s nature.

Exploring birds, plants and natural areas in Calgary since 1955.

Nature Calgary is a community of Calgarians that promotes the preservation of natural habitats, provides educational opportunities and supports the collection of natural history observations. Together we learn, explore and share. Everyone is invited to join us.

Learn

Our monthly Speaker Series and study groups include researchers, natural history specialists and Nature Calgary members who have experiences and knowledge to share.

Explore

Join us for field trips and excursions in and beyond Calgary. Our focus is to enjoy and share natural history in a safe and respectful way. We have events for all ages – including our popular Nature Kids program.

Share

There are many opportunities to share your passion with our members and throughout Calgary – lead a field trip, speak at an event or represent Nature Calgary out in the community.

News

Calgary 2020 Big Year Birding Challenge

Nature Calgary is promoting a friendly “big year” birding challenge within Calgary city limits in 2020. This will follow the tradition of competitions held in 2000 and 2010.  See more information about the birding challenge.

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Bird Calgary 2020

Nature Calgary is promoting a friendly “big year” birding challenge within Calgary city limits in 2020. 

Everyone is welcome to join the challenge! Challenge yourself to find as many species of birds as you can within the Calgary city limits in 2020!

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Calendar of Events

Nature Calgary hosts volunteer-led events throughout the year. View our Calendar of Events for the latest events.

Event Updates

Due to weather or conditions, events may be revised or cancelled. Any events with recent updates are listed below.

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April 2019

CANCELLED – Nature Kids: Who Am I?

April 27, 2019 @ 10:45 am - 12:00 pm
Pearce Estate Park, 1440 17A St. S.E.
Calgary, Alberta Canada
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Nature Kids: Who Am I? Put your detective skills to the test as you use clues and fun facts to investigate Alberta's amazing wildlife. This will be an indoor, games-based activity. Cost for our program participants will be provided. During the event, families who wish to see the exhibits may pay the admission fee or explore the nature park around the centre. The program is limited to 30 participants; therefore, we ask that you please RSVP by email at nkcalgary@naturealberta.ca…

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May 2019

CANCELLED – Birding Invermere Bus Trip

May 11, 2019 @ 7:00 am - 7:00 pm
Dalhousie LRT Station, 4785 Dalhousie Drive NW
Calgary, Alberta T3A 1L2 Canada
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$50 – $70

Update May 4 - The bus trip to Invermere has been cancelled due to not enough participants to cover the cost of the bus. Those who have already registered will be given a full refund. Nature Calgary Annual Bus Trip Birding Invermere BC This full day adventure will provide a wonderful opportunity to bird the beautiful environs of the Invermere area made famous by their “Wings over the Rockies Festival”. Members $50.00 Non-members $70.00 Please pay via the website or…

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CANCELLED – Pearce Estate Park

May 15, 2019 @ 6:30 pm
Pearce Estate Park, 1440 17A St. S.E.
Calgary, Alberta Canada
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Update (May 6): This event has been cancelled due to a conflict with the May Bird Study Group meeting. Pearce Estate Park. A mid-week evening walk. Bird Pearce Estates Park (Sam Livingston Fish Hatchery). Meet in parking lot. 1440 17A St SE, N off Blackfoot Trail. Leader Phil Cram 403-815-0784.

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Birds and Geology of Edworthy Park

May 19, 2019 @ 8:30 am - 11:00 am

Birds and Geology of Edworthy Park. Meet at the west end of the Edworthy Pedestrian Bridge.  From North: follow Shaganappi Trail to extreme south end and continue straight into parking lot, walk across the pedestrian bridge to meeting point.  From South: Enter Park at west end of Spruce Drive SW and follow road downhill, park just before train tracks, walk across tracks and continue straight, follow the path to the west end of the Pedestrian Bridge.   All welcome, Leader Dave Russum, 403-284-4775.

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Pearce Estate Park

May 21, 2019 @ 6:30 pm
Pearce Estate Park, 1440 17A St. S.E.
Calgary, Alberta Canada
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Pearce Estate Park. A mid-week evening walk. Bird Pearce Estates Park (Sam Livingston Fish Hatchery). Meet in parking lot. 1440 17A St SE, N off Blackfoot Trail. Leader Phil Cram 403-815-0784.

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June 2019

NEW – Bird Douglasbank Park

June 8, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 11:30 am
Eaglequest Golf Driving Range, 45 Douglasbank Way SE
Calgary, Alberta T2Z 1W7 Canada
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Explore the area along the Bow River north of Mallard Point, from the Sue Higgins Bridge to Deerfoot Trail. Meet at the Eaglequest Golf Driving Range on Douglas Range Road SE. From Deerfoot Trail, go south on Douglasdale Blvd, then take the first right onto Douglasbank Drive. Drive 600 metres and take a left onto Douglas Range Road SE. Leader, Bob Lefebvre, 403-370-0556.

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UPDATED – Winchell Lake

June 16, 2019 @ 7:00 am
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Winchell Lake (new plan). We will drive to Winchell Lake ( about 45 minutes from the meeting spot) and spend the morning and early afternoon in the immediate area. We will try to minimize driving by selecting a few nice spots for short walks. Bring appropriate clothing, food and water. Register by email hheffler@shaw.ca by Thursday June 13. Leader Howard Heffler. Registration required. *see note re-car pooling requirement. * Nature Calgary for the previous two years has offered a series…

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NEW – Red Deer Lake nestbox trail

June 27, 2019 @ 6:30 pm

Tour of Don Stiles' Red Deer Lake nestbox trail SW of Calgary. See young Mountain Bluebirds and/or Tree Swallows in the nest as well as to watch for other bird species and flowering plants. Meet at the Anderson LRT station, next to MacLeod Trail just S of pedestrian overpass. Leader, Don Stiles, 403-271-4689.

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NEW – Women and Girls in Nature

June 29, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 3:15 pm
Edworthy Park (west parking lot), 5050 Spruce Dr SW
Calgary, Alberta T3C 3B2 Canada

Join Nature Alberta's Nature Kids and Nature Calgary along with many knowledgeable experts for our Women and Girls in Nature event.  This event is for girls aged 7-14 and the special women in their lives to learn about careers in the science/nature/environmental field. Learn from women in various careers in this field and participate in a mini BioBlitz with our volunteer species ID experts.   Meet at Edworthy Park, 5050 Spruce Drive SW.  Pre-registration is required for this event and spaces are limited. To register email the Nature Kids Program…

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August 2019

New – West Nose Creek Park

August 3, 2019 @ 8:00 am
Beddington Golf Park, 9284 Harvest Hills Blvd N
Calgary, Alberta T3K 0B3 Canada
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Meet at the Beddington Golf Park (driving range). On the east side of Harvest Hills Blvd N, immediately north of Beddington Trail NW. (Enter “Beddington Golf Park” in Google maps) This is the west end of Confluence Park. This can be a nice spot for sparrows and, perhaps, sedge wren. Leader; Howard Heffler 403-804-2489.

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Field Trips

Over 100 outings every year to natural areas within Calgary and beyond.

Speakers and Presentations

Special guests share their research, experiences and insights in our Speaker Series and Bird Study Group.

Nature Kids

Learn and enjoy nature as a family with outdoor activities, games and kid-friendly presentations.

Nature Calgary is for all Calgarians

We are a non-profit and volunteer-run organization that connects Calgarians with nature. Everyone is welcome to learn, explore and share.