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.

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, our guidelines for field trips and events are regularly changing. Please see our latest COVID update for the latest information.

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

Bird 68 Street Wetlands

68 Street SE Wetlands Alberta

Meet in Elliston Dog Park East Parking (2402 68 St SE).  Drive east along 17th Ave SE and turn right (south) on 68th St SE.  The parking lot is on […]

68th Street Wetlands

68 Street SE Wetlands Alberta

Register at: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/birding-68th-street-wetlands-tickets-168895881127

Recurring

Nature Calgary Trip to Glenbow Ranch

Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park Alberta

Special Trips on September 11 and 22 Nature Calgary has two new dates to explore Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park by golf cart. This Park is great for biking and hiking, […]

Confederation Park

Confederation Park (10 Street Parking Lot) Alberta

Register at: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/birding-confederation-park-tickets-168894952349

Bird North Glenmore Park

North Glenmore Park (Parking Lot C)

Meet in parking lot C just west of Rowing Club, accessed from south end of Crowchild Trail SW or from 37 St. Please register with leader Penny Smith, 403-807-8137.

Bird Carburn Park

Carburn Park Alberta

Carburn Park is reached by turning south from Glenmore Trail onto 18 St SE, right onto Rivervalley Dr SE and then left onto Riverview Dr SE (2nd left, ignoring cul […]

Frank Lake

Frank Lake Alberta

Register at: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/birding-frank-lake-tickets-168894932289

Bird North Glenmore Park

North Glenmore Park (Parking Lot C)

Meet in parking lot C just west of Rowing Club, accessed from south end of Crowchild Trail SW or from 37 St. Please register with leader Penny Smith, 403-807-8137.

Bird North Glenmore Park

North Glenmore Park (Parking Lot C)

Meet in parking lot C just west of Rowing Club, accessed from south end of Crowchild Trail SW or from 37 St. Please register with leader Penny Smith, 403-807-8137.

Bird North Glenmore Park

North Glenmore Park (Parking Lot C)

Meet in parking lot C just west of Rowing Club, accessed from south end of Crowchild Trail SW or from 37 St. Please register with leader Penny Smith, 403-807-8137.