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

Inglewood Bird Sanctuary

Inglewood Bird Sanctuary 2425 9 Ave SE, Calgary

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: Nimali Seneviratne at ntfern*@*telus.net or 403-836-5146.

Bird Carburn Park

Carburn Park Alberta

Bird Carburn Park. 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 du sac). Please register with leader: Anne Belton at ibelton*@*telus.net or 587-233-7339.

Common Mosses and Liverworts of Calgary (North Glenmore)

North Glenmore Park (Weaselhead parking lot) Alberta

Common Mosses and Liverworts of Calgary. North Glenmore Park. If you know trees and flowers, it’s time to learn the common bryophytes (Mosses and Liverworts) of our area. This outing will be presented by Sandra Davis, a local Bryologist. The course will run 3-4 hours. Participants need to bring a 10X hand lens, and there […]

Nature Walk – West Edworthy Park

Edworthy Park (south parking lot) Alberta

Nature Walk - West Edworthy Park. Meet at the south parking lot down the hill from the end of Spruce Drive SW. Leader John McFaul. 403-289-9517.

Weaselhead Natural Area

North Glenmore Park (Weaselhead parking lot) Alberta

Weaselhead Natural Area. 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 37 St into parking area. Or, from Glenmore Trail take 37 St S exit. Please register with […]

Bird Lafarge Meadows FCPP

Fish Creek Provincial Park - Boat Launch Parking Lot (Bow Bottom Trail) Alberta

Bird Lafarge Meadows FCPP. Meet at boat launch parking lot, S end of Bow Bottom Tr SE. Dress according to the weather. Please register with leader: Anne Belton at ibelton*@*telus.net or 587-233-7339.

Nature Walk Inglewood Bird Sanctuary

Inglewood Bird Sanctuary 2425 9 Ave SE, Calgary

Nature Walk 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. Leader John McFaul. 403-289-9517.

Bird North Glenmore Park (August 2020)

North Glenmore Park (Parking Lot C)

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.  Please register with leader Penny Smith, 403 249-5997. The Nature Calgary Board has asked that trips be limited to a maximum of ten participants and pre-registration is required.

Bird North Glenmore Park (September 2020)

North Glenmore Park (Parking Lot C)

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.  Please register with leader Penny Smith, 403 249-5997. The Nature Calgary Board has asked that trips be limited to a maximum of ten participants and pre-registration is required.

Bird North Glenmore Park (October 2020)

North Glenmore Park (Parking Lot C)

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.  Please register with leader Penny Smith, 403 249-5997. The Nature Calgary Board has asked that trips be limited to a maximum of ten participants and pre-registration is required.