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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Birds and Geology of Edworthy Park. Meet at the west end of the Edworthy Pedestrian Bridge. From North: follow Shaganappi Trail to extreme south end and continue straight into parking lot, walk across the pedestrian bridge to meeting point. From South: Enter Park at west end of Spruce Drive SW and follow road downhill, park just before train tracks, walk across tracks and continue straight, follow the path to the west end of the Pedestrian Bridge. All welcome, Leader Dave Russum, 403-284-4775.Find out more »
Victoria Day – Annual Nature Calgary Big Day. See over 100 species at various locations within Calgary. Be prepared to be out all day. Bring appropriate clothing, food and water. Registered participants will be advised of the meeting location to organise car-pooling prior to the event. Please email: Bob Lefebvre email@example.com by Thursday May 15. Leaders Rose Painter and Bob Lefebvre. Registration required. * Nature Calgary for the previous two years has offered a series of birding field trips from mid…Find out more »
Pearce Estate Park. A mid-week evening walk. Bird Pearce Estates Park (Sam Livingston Fish Hatchery). Meet in parking lot. 1440 17A St SE, N off Blackfoot Trail. Leader Phil Cram 403-815-0784.Find out more »
Nose Hill - Spring Wildflowers. Meet at parking lot 64thAve & 14th Street NW, Leader John McFaul 403 289-9517.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, 403 249-5997Find out more »
Carburn Park. Meet in parking lot. Carburn Park is reached by turning south from Glenmore Trail onto 18 St SE, right onto Riverglen Drive and then left onto Riverwood Road. Leader: Janet Gill, 403 230-5671Find 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.Find out more »
Bird Calgary Region 80 km Circle Northwest Quadrant (Water Valley area). Be prepared to be out all day. Bring appropriate clothing, food and water. We could arrange for some participants to meet in Cochrane if needed. Register by email firstname.lastname@example.org by Wednesday May 29. Leader Howard Heffler. Registration required. * Nature Calgary for the previous two years has offered a series of birding field trips from mid May to mid June to explore Calgary and the surrounding areas in the…Find out more »
Confederation Park. Meet in 10 St. NW Parking lot. From 16 Ave NW, drive north on 10 St NW to the parking lot (first left turn after 23 Ave NW. This area has proven to be a favourite for migrating warblers & other songbirds. Leader: Janet Gill, 403 230-5671.Find out more »
Bird Calgary Region 80 km Circle Southwest Quadrant. Be prepared to be out all day. Bring appropriate clothing, food and water. Registered participants will be advised of the meeting location to organise car-pooling prior to the event. Leader Bob Lefebvre, (403) 370-0556. Registration required. * Nature Calgary for the previous two years has offered a series of birding field trips from mid May to mid June to explore Calgary and the surrounding areas in the Calgary 80 km birding circle.…Find out more »