Field Trips

Join our volunteer naturalists for a walk outside in and beyond the Calgary area. 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. Every field trip is led by an experienced guide. Nature Calgary 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?

All field trips are led by experienced naturalists. Our volunteers have walked the paths before and are prepared to answer your questions about the landscape, birds, plants or wildlife. If you’re 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
  • 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

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March 2019

Birding West of Calgary

March 31 @ 8:30 am - 4:00 pm
Assumption School (34 Ave NW), 7311 34 Ave NW
Calgary, Alberta T3B 1N5 Canada
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Birding West of Calgary. Bring lunch. Expect to be back around 4:00. Meet at Assumption School, 34 Av NW (just N of TCH #1, at Sarcee Tr). Leader Howard Heffler, 403-804-2489 (cell). Please email hheffler@shaw.ca by Friday March 29. Registration required.

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April 2019

Monthly Elbow River Birding Survey April 2019

April 1 @ 8:30 am - 12:00 pm
Stanley Park (42 Ave SW), 4011 1a St SW
Calgary, Alberta T2S 2P5 Canada
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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). Call leader Gus Yaki, 403-243-2248, to ensure vehicle space for return.

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Bird Frank Lake

Bird Frank Lake. Bring lunch Meet at the first Parking Lot in the Glenfield area of east Fish Creek PP in Calgary. The Glenfield area is in the southeast corner of the Canyon Meadows Drive-Macleod Trail intersection and is accessed via Bannister Road. Leader Tony Timmons, 403 256-0754

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Calgary and area for Spring arrivals

Calgary and area for Spring arrivals. Waterfowl, Raptors, Gulls, Songbirds and others. Trip will go until approximately 3:30-4:00 P.M.. Carpooling. Bring lunch. Limit of 24 people. To register, e-mail leader Terry Korolyk at piidpiper@hotmail.ca, or phone at 403-254-1878. Meeting place, parking lot at the Fish Creek PP’s Visitor’s Centre at the entrance to the Park near the end of Bowbottom Trail.

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Bird Lafarge Meadows in Fish Creek PP

Bird Lafarge Meadows in Fish Creek PP. Meet at boat launch parking lot, S end of Bow Bottom Tr SE. Leader Howard Heffler, 403-804-2489 (cell).

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Earth Day Nose Hill Earth Day Crocus Cruise trip

April 21 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Nose Hill – 64 Ave and 14 St Parking Lot, 6465 14 St NW
Calgary, Alberta T2K 5R2 Canada
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Earth Day Nose Hill Earth Day Crocus Cruise trip. We will meet at the 64th avenue and 14 Street NW entrance. Leader John McFaul, 403 289-9517.

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Plants of Reader Rock Garden

April 21 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Reader Rock Garden, 325 25 Ave. S.E.
Calgary, Alberta Canada
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Plants of Reader Rock Garden, just E of Macleod Tr & S of 25 Av SE. Hepaticas, Snowdrops, Crocus, Larch. Leader: Gus Yaki, 403-243-2248

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Earth Day. Britannia Slopes

April 22 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Britannia Slopes, 4616 Britannia Dr SW
Calgary, Alberta T2S 1J6 Canada
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Earth Day. Britannia Slopes. Crocus, other early flowers. From Elbow Dr, go W on 47 Av SW; turn left at Crescent Blvd. Park on Britannia Dr SW. Leader: Gus Yaki, 403-243-2248.

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City Nature Challenge – 85 tree and shrub species

April 26 @ 9:15 am - 12:15 pm
Stanley Park (42 Ave SW), 4011 1a St SW
Calgary, Alberta T2S 2P5 Canada
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City Nature Challenge.85 tree/shrub species - Black Walnut, Butternut, etc; Stanley Park, 42 Av SW, 2 blocks W of Macleod Tr. Leader: Gus Yaki, 403-243-2248.

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City Nature Challenge – Plants of Edworthy Park

April 26 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

City Nature Challenge. Plants of Edworthy Park, upper level. Many rare plants. Located just E of Sarcee Trail, just N of Bow Trail SW. To access, get on Spruce Dr, then go W. At its end, road swings slightly. Do not go down Edworthy Park (Coulee) Rd; instead keep left on Edworthy St. This immediately swings to the right paralleling Sarcee Trail. Meet in 1st parking lot. Area used by dog-walkers so may be full. If so, park just beyond,…

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Wed 20

Speaker Series – March 2019

March 20 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Sat 23
Sun 31

Birding West of Calgary

March 31 @ 8:30 am - 4:00 pm
Apr 01

Monthly Elbow River Birding Survey April 2019

April 1 @ 8:30 am - 12:00 pm
Apr 03

Bird Study Group April 2019

April 3 @ 7:30 pm