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 Lafarge Meadows, FCPP. Meet at boat launch parking lot, S. end of Bow Bottom Tr SE. Leader Anne Belton, 403-201-1570 or 587-233-7339.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 »
Bird Burnsmead, FCPP. Meet at the parking lot for Burnsmead E end of Fish Creek PP. To get there take Bow Bottom Trail turning left, S of 146 Av SE. Leader Anne Belton, 403-201-1570 or 587-233-7339.Find out more »
Common Mosses and Liverworts of Calgary. Griffith Woods Park. If you know the 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 would need to bring a 10X hand lens, and there would be a 10-person limit. Meet at Griffith Woods Park, 2.5 km W from Sarcee Tr on Hwy 8 (Glenmore Tr). At 69th…Find out more »
Bow Valley Ranche, FCPP. Meet at the parking lot on W side of Bow Bottom Trail SE. Leader Anne Belton, 403-201-1570 or 587-233-7339.Find out more »
Field trip to Kananaskis Field Station for birds and flowers. Meet at Assumption School, 34th Av NW (NW corner of Sarcee Tr at Hwy 1). We could look at both birds and flowers. Please bring lunch, bug spray and sunscreen. Leader Penny Smith, 403-249-5997.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. Leader Penny Smith, 403-249-5997.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 »