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?
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?
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?
Do I need to RSVP?
Where is the meeting place?
Do I need to sign a waiver?
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
- Sunscreen and hat
- Insect repellent
- Water, snacks and a lunch if going for a full day
Can I bring my dog?
Are there any ethics or etiquette that I should be aware of?
Have more questions? Contact the trip leader directly or send us a message with any general inquiries.
Upcoming Field Trips
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Monthly Elbow River Birding Survey.Meet Stanley Park, 42 Av SW, just W of Macleod Tr. Walk to Glenmore Reservoir, ride back (3.5 hours). In Gus Yaki’s absence, please contact Diane Stinson, firstname.lastname@example.org or 403 249-6969 to ensure vehicle space for return. Registration required.Find out more »
Bird Inglewood Bird Sanctuary. IBS is located at 2425 - 9 Ave. SE (from the Deerfoot Trail, take the Blackfoot Trail westbound exit to 19 St. SE, then turn left onto 9 Ave.) Meet in the parking lot. Please register with leader Andrew Hart (andrewhart*@*shaw.ca or 403-980-1538) to ensure notification in the event of a weather-related cancellation or rescheduling. Registration required.Find out more »
Destination(s) to be determined. Meet at Carburn Park. We will look for winter birds within the City limits. We will accommodate return to Carburn by noon but may also carry longer for those that wish – weather and birds permitting. Meet in parking lot. Bring lunch if you intend to stay beyond noon and dress appropriately. Carburn Park is reached by turning south from Glenmore Trail onto 18 St SE, right onto Rivervalley Dr SE and then left onto Riverview…Find out more »
Bird Griffith Woods Park. 2.5 km W from Sarcee Tr on Hwy 8 (Glenmore Tr). At 69th St SW turn left into Discovery Ridge, continue past the traffic circle; at the bottom of the hill turn left on Discovery Ridge Link into the parking lot. Recommended to bring icers/crampons. Please register with leader Melanie Seneviratne (melaniesene*@*gmail.com or 403- 815-1275) to ensure notification in the event of a weather related cancellation or rescheduling. Leader, Melanie Seneviratne 403-815-1275 . Registration required.Find out more »
Snowy Owl Prowl. It’s time once again to go east of Calgary in search of that popular winter visitor from the north, the Snowy Owl. Chances also for other birds such as Snow Bunting; Gyr and Prairie Falcon; Bald and Golden Eagle, Gray Partridge and Ring-necked Pheasant and others. Trip will go until about 4:00 P.M.. Bring lunch. Limit of 6 vehicles and 24 people. Register with leader Terry Korolyk at 403-254-1878, or, piidpiper*@*hotmail.ca. Meeting place is the west end…Find out more »
Bird Votier's Flats in Fish Creek PP. Take Elbow Drive to the very southern end and follow it to the parking lot. Recommended to bring icers/crampons. Please register with leader Melanie Seneviratne (melaniesene*@*gmail.com or 403- 815-1275 ) to ensure notification in the event of a weather related cancellation or rescheduling. Leader, Melanie Seneviratne 403-815-1275. Registration required.Find out more »
Bird North Glenmore Park. Meet in parking lot C just W of Rowing Club, accessed from S end of Crowchild Tr SW or from 37 St. Leader Penny Smith, 403 249-5997.Find out more »
Monthly Elbow River Birding Survey. Meet Stanley Park, 42 Av SW, just W of Macleod Tr. Walk to Glenmore Reservoir, ride back (3.5 hours). In Gus Yaki’s absence please contact Ron Ostrander, email@example.com, or 403-244-8001 to ensure vehicle space for return. Registration required.Find out more »
Magpie Dispersal at Weaselhead Natural Area. Watch hundreds of Magpies leave their roosts at sunrise (7:06am) to disperse across the city. We will watch this phenomenon from the top of the hill then walk down into the Natural Area to see other birds & mammals. Meet in the parking lot on the W side of 37 St at 66 Av SW. To get there, take Crowchild Trail S into Lakeview turning right onto 66 Ave SW & drive west to…Find out more »