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

Birding and Nature Walk at Ralph Klein Park

Ralph Klein Park 12350 84 Street SE, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Please register with Trip Leader Jessica Armand by e-mailing jess.armand11*@gmail.com (remove the asterisk). Dress for the weather (no shade so bring a hat) and for walking on gravel paths for […]

Glenbow Ranch Birding Golf Cart Trip

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 […]

Ralph Klein Park

Ralph Klein Park 12350 84 Street SE, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

We will spend the morning seeking shorebirds, gulls, and herons. Meet in parking lot off north of the visitors centre. The walk is quite flat and friendly to those with […]

Inglewood Bird Sanctuary

Inglewood Bird Sanctuary 2425 9 Ave SE, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Please register with the leader at ntfern@telus.net or 403 -836-5146. We will meet in the parking lot.

Frank Lake

Frank Lake Alberta, Canada

Please register with Penny Smith at 403-249-5997 or 404-807-8137. Please email oban2010mull@hotmail.com

Gus Yaki’s Dawn Chorus Trip

Trip will take place in Weaselhead Nature Area. Hear and see 60+ bird and mammal species. Northern Flying Squirrels and Bobcats are possibilities. Dress warmly and bring food and water […]

Nose Hill – Nature Walk

Nose Hill Park (Berkley Gate) Alberta, Canada

We will meet at the Berkley Gate and 14 Street NW entrance. Please register with leader John McFaul, at alpglow@telus.net or 403 289-9517

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 […]