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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Bird parts of Calgary and east of Calgary for Fall migrants and others. Includes Songbirds, shorebirds, gulls, and raptors. Trip will go until about 4:00 pm. Bring lunch. Register with leader Terry Korolyk by phoning him at 403-254-1878, or by emailing him at firstname.lastname@example.org . Meet at the Fish Creek PP Visitor’s Centre Parking Lot off Bowbottom Trail at the entrance to the park. Registration required.Find out more »
East of Calgary (destinations TBD) Expected return mid to late afternoon. Meet at Elliston Park Dog Park car park. From 17th Avenue SE, go S at 68 St SE. Car park is about 400 m down on the right. Meet in parking lot and bring lunch. Email Leader: Andrew Hart, 403-980-1538 at andrewhart*@*shaw.ca to register. Registration required.Find out more »
Inglewood Bird Sanctuary. We'll look for late migrants as well as the 'usual suspects'. IBS is located at 2425 - 9 Ave SE. From Deerfoot Tr take Blackfoot Tr west, turn left onto 19 St SE then left again onto 9 Ave SE & drive 1 km east to Sanctuary entrance. Meet in the parking lot. Leader: Janet Gill 403-230-5671.Find out more »
Bird Elliston Park area. Finish around noon. Meet at Elliston Park Dog Park car park. From 17th Avenue SE, go S at 68 St SE. Car park is about 400 m down on the right. Leader: Andrew Hart, 403-980-1538Find out more »
Birding trip south of Calgary. This can be an excellent spot for fall waterfowl and raptors. Meet at Anderson LRT station, south of pedestrian bridge to carpool. Trip will go until approximately 4:00 pm. Bring lunch. Leader: Tony Timmons, 403-256-0754.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. (no 37st access). Leader Penny Smith, 403 249-5997.Find out more »
Pine Coulee Reservoir west of Stavely for late Fall migrants and others. Includes waterfowl, gulls, and raptors. Chance of going to Clear Lake or Chain Lakes as well. Trip will go until about 4:00 pm. Register with leader Terry Korolyk by phoning him at 403-254-1878, or by emailing him at email@example.com. Bring lunch. Meet at the parking lot of Greengate Garden Centre below the Macleod Trail-Canyon Meadows overpass. Registration required.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). Call leader Gus Yaki, 403-243-2248, to ensure vehicle space for return. Registration required.Find out more »
West of Calgary (destinations TBD) Expected return mid to late afternoon. Meet in the small parking lot in Valley Ridge. Exit westbound Trans-Canada Hwy onto Valley Ridge Blvd NW. At first intersection, turn right onto Valley Ridge Dr. NW. At next intersection turn right onto Valley Meadow Close NW and drive 100 metres to parking lot on the right. Bring lunch. Email Leader: Andrew Hart, 403-980-1538 at andrewhart*@*shaw.ca to register. Registration required.Find out more »
Bird parts of Calgary and east of Calgary for late Fall migrants; early Winter visitors and others. Includes waterfowl, gulls, raptors, and others. Trip will go until about 4:00 pm. Register with leader Terry Korolyk by phone at 403-254-1878, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Bring lunch. Meet at the Fish Creek PP Visitor’s Centre parking Lot off Bowbottom Trail at the entrance to the park. Registration required.Find out more »