Encouraging the appreciation, observation, study, conservation and protection of all components of the natural world.

© Jeff Thompson

Field Trips

Join our volunteer naturalists for a walk outside, and learn about the natural world. More eyes mean more sightings! We have trips in the Calgary area year-round, to observe all aspects of nature – birds, plants, insects, mammals, geology, and more – and special trips to more distant natural areas.

Mountain Bluebird, @Anne K. Elliott 2015

Please contact your Field Trip Leader if the weather is questionable, to confirm that the trip is going as planned, and check this page for changes.

Questions? Read Before You Go.

Information for Field Trip Leaders including new Waiver Form with eBird features, and Expense Form.

Upcoming Field Trips

  • 23 Jun 2018 All Day

    Bus Trip 2018: Bow Lake and Peyto Lake

    Meeting Date & Time: Saturday, June 23

    Meeting Place: Shouldice Athletic Park (gravel parking lot south of Hellard Road)

    Meeting Time: 7:30 am

    Destination: Bow Lake and Peyto Lake on the Banff-Jasper Highway

    Bus Cost: $45 for members, $65 for non-members.

    Contact: Penny Smith – 403-249-5997 (home) or 403-807-8137 (cell)

    Download the 2018 bus trip itinerary and meeting place description.


    Registration Options

    1) Mail a cheque, and a note including the name(s), email address(es), phone number(s), and whether participant(s) are members, to Nature Calgary, Box 981 Stn. M, Calgary, AB, T2P 2K4
    2)  Pay online below

    Online Payment tips:  (1)  After entering the number of tickets, etc., and clicking on “Sign up for Event”, you may find that you have been returned to the top of this page. Scroll down till you see a little green box with a “Resume Payment” button, and click that to go to PayPal.  (2) You do not need a PayPal account.  When you get to the PayPal screen, look on the lower right side for “Don’t have a PayPal account?” Click on that and you can use a credit card.


    Meeting Place

    Bus trip meeting place mapWe will be boarding our bus at 7:30 AM.The meeting place will be the large gravel parking lot south of the Hellard Football Stadium in the Shouldice Athletic Park. On Home Road NW drive past the batting cages and turn right onto 13 Ave NW. Proceed to large gravel parking lot on the left (river side) of 13 Ave.



    7:30 AM – Board bus (National Motor Coach)
    10:15 AM – Arrive at Peyto Lake, Walk to view point and explore the wildflowers/birds of Bow Summit.
    12:00 PM – Arrive at Bow Lake, Lunch and explore for wildflowers/birds or hike to back of Bow Lake (2 km one way).
    3:00 PM – Board bus to return to Calgary, option to stop at Castle Junction for snack break.
    5:30 PM – 6:00 PM – Arrive back to Calgary.


    What To Bring

    Ensure that you bring your snacks, lunch and water. Note: Food may be purchased at the Simpson Trading Post gift/coffee shop at Num-Ti-Jah Lodge. Also please have appropriate foot wear for the trails maybe wet and muddy plus a layer clothing system for variable weather.





  • 28 Jun 2018 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm

    Tour of Don Stiles Red Deer Lake Nestbox Trail

    Tour of Don Stiles Red Deer Lake nestbox trail SW of Calgary. See young Mountain Bluebirds and/or Tree Swallows in the nest. We will also watch for other bird species and flowering plants. Meet at the Anderson LRT station, next to Macleod Trail just S of pedestrian overpass. Leader Don Stiles, 403-271-4689.

  • 30 Jun 2018 8:30 am - 12:00 pm

    Bird North Glenmore Park

    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

  • 1 Jul 2018 6:30 am - 10:00 am

    Monthly Elbow River Birding Survey

    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

  • 5 Jul 2018 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

    Wildflower walk to Nose Hill

    Wildflower walk to Nose Hill. Meet at 64 Ave and 14 Street NW parking lot. Leader John McFaul, 403 289-9517.

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