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

Loading Events

Upcoming Events › Field Trips

Events Search and Views Navigation

Events Views Navigation

April 2019

Nature Challenge – Confluence Park – Plants

April 28
Confluence Park, 300 Beddington Blvd NE
Calgary, Alberta Canada
+ Google Map

Nature Challenge. Confluence Park. Plants. Will last 2 to 3 hours. Located W of Deerfoot Tr, E of the Airport. Go N on Deerfoot Trail. After 64thAv, exit onto Beddington Tr. It crosses over Deerfoot Tr.. At 1st light, at Beddington Blvd, turn right into parking lot. Leader, Karel Bergmann, 403-285-2380.

Find out more »

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

Find out more »

City Nature Challenge. Carburn Park

April 28 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Carburn Park Alberta Canada + Google Map

City Nature Challenge. Carburn Park.Birds, plants, butterflies. On 18 St SE, S from Glenmore Tr SE, turn right at 2nd stoplight; ignoring cul de sacs, then left at 2nd intersection. Leader: Gus Yaki, 403-243-2248.

Find out more »

City Nature Challenge. Carburn Park

April 28 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Carburn Park Alberta Canada + Google Map

City Nature Challenge. Carburn Park. Birds, plants, butterflies. On 18 St SE, S from Glenmore Tr SE, turn right at 2nd stoplight; ignoring cul de sacs, then left at 2nd intersection. Leader: Gus Yaki, 403-243-2248.

Find out more »

City Nature Challenge. Garden

April 28 @ 6:00 pm
420 Brunswick Avenue SW, 420 Brunswick Avenue SW
Calgary, Alberta T2S 1N8 Canada
+ Google Map

City Nature Challenge. Garden, 300 plant species, insects. 420 Brunswick Av SW. Leader: Gus Yaki, 403-243-2248. Anytime after 6 pm.

Find out more »

City Nature Challenge. North Glenmore Park

April 29 @ 9:15 am - 12:00 pm

City Nature Challenge. North Glenmore Park. Birds, butterflies, snakes.Meet in Weaselhead Parking Lot, 37 St SW & 66 Av SW. Leader: Gus Yaki, 403-243-2248.

Find out more »

City Nature Challenge. Garden

April 29 @ 2:00 pm
420 Brunswick Avenue SW, 420 Brunswick Avenue SW
Calgary, Alberta T2S 1N8 Canada
+ Google Map

City Nature Challenge. Garden, 300 plant species, insects. 420 Brunswick Av SW. Leader: Gus Yaki, 403-243-2248.

Find out more »

City Nature Challenge. Britannia Slopes

April 29 @ 6:15 pm - 9:00 pm
Britannia Slopes, 4616 Britannia Dr SW
Calgary, Alberta T2S 1J6 Canada
+ Google Map

City Nature Challenge. Britannia Slopes. Plants, insects. From Elbow Dr. go W on 47 Av SW, turn left at Crescent Blvd. Park on Britannia Dr. Leader: Gus Yaki, 403-243-2248. 

Find out more »

May 2019

Monthly Elbow River Birding Survey – May

May 1 @ 7:00 am - 10:30 am
Stanley Park (42 Ave SW), 4011 1a St SW
Calgary, Alberta T2S 2P5 Canada
+ Google Map

 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 »

Meadowlark Meander at Confluence Park

May 7 @ 6:30 pm
Confluence Park, 300 Beddington Blvd NE
Calgary, Alberta Canada
+ Google Map

Meadowlark Meander at Confluence Park. Meet in the parking lot at Beddington Blvd and Beddington Trail NE. Leader, John McFaul, 403 289-9517. 

Find out more »
+ Export Events

Latest News

Upcoming Events

Sun 21

Earth Day Nose Hill Earth Day Crocus Cruise trip

April 21 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Sun 21

Plants of Reader Rock Garden

April 21 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Mon 22

Earth Day. Britannia Slopes

April 22 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Fri 26
Fri 26