Walking Tours and Education Programs

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Fish Creek Provincial Park is a vast cultural, historical and ecological resource. The Friends’ walking tours and education programs offer tremendous opportunities for visitors to learn from experienced guides about a variety of topics including history, nature, engineered wetlands, astronomy and yes, even ghosts!

Planning for our 2018 tour season is currently underway as we develop new tours along with a volunteer training program that will allow us to offer more of these educational experiences than in previous years. If you are interested in volunteering as a Tour Assistant, you can find out more here!

For those who may have limited mobility or might just be interested in a fun ride through the park, check out our Minibus Tours.

In the meantime, you might want to take advantage of these exciting new offerings!


 

Bebo Grove Early Spring Walk with Wayne Meikle – March 24, 1-2pm

Join Friends of Fish Creek founding member, Wayne Meikle, on a wintery walk through Bebo Grove and learn some of the fascinating and little known history of Fish Creek Provincial Park. Experience the beauty of the winter landscape with this treasured local expert as your guide.

Please note that this tour will be filmed for our future programming purposes.

Only $5Register through Eventbrite

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Night Sky Wonders with Don Hladiuk –  April 11th, 7-9pm   This event is sold out
Bow Valley Ranch Visitor Centre indoor theatre

Do you ever look up at the night sky and wonder about what it is that you see? Join the Friends of Fish Creek to learn about what’s happening in the night sky and how to find some easily identifiable objects observable from within the City limits. Presenter Don Hladiuk will start the evening with an indoor presentation to provide some astronomy basics, then we’ll head outside (weather permitting) for a look at the night sky in all it’s wonder!

$15 per person, children 12 and under are freeRegister through Eventbrite

**Please note that part of this session will be outdoors; be sure to dress as if it is 10 degrees colder than the actual temperature, as there will be little walking or movement to keep you warm. If the weather is too cool or sky conditions are foggy/cloudy, the entire program will take place indoors.**

Photo Credit: Don Hladiuk


A Look at Our Tour Guides and Instructors…..

Wayne Meikle worked for Provincial Parks in Alberta for 35 years until he retired as an Urban Park Planner. He worked mainly in the area of urban park management and has been involved in operations, construction and planning of urban parks. In Calgary, Wayne has been on numerous planning teams involving the planning and construction of major roadways, constructed wetlands and new subdivisions. In his private life, he has been an elected councilor in both Vermilion and Okotoks and involved with many volunteer committees and organizations that work to improve the quality of the environment and our communities, such as the Friends of Fish Creek.  Wayne is one of the Friends’ founding members and continues to be one of our most dedicated volunteers.

Don Hladiuk has been looking up at the stars since he was a little boy. He is best know as the Starman on the CBC EyeOpener for the last 33 years and was also involved in developing the Alberta Parks “Star Night” event almost 20 years ago. For his 40 years of community service, asteroid 73704 was named asteroid “Hladiuk”. You can follow Don on Twitter and Instagram at: astrogeo


Past Programs This Season…..

Hull’s Wood Winter Walking Tour with Wayne Meikle – Feb 7, in celebration of Winter Walk Day


 *These programs take place outdoors or have an outdoor component and carry risks outside of the facilitator’s control. By attending these programs you are agreeing to do so at your own risk.*

**Cancellation policy: In the event of inclement weather or unforeseen circumstances, cancellations will be posted on this page within 4 hours prior to the tour time (or in the case of an early morning program, the evening before).**


If you have ideas for educational tour offerings, would be interested in volunteering as a tour guide or for more information on our walking tours and education programs, please contact Shana Barbour, Program Coordinator, at shana@friendsoffishcreek.org or 403- 238-3841.

 

Photo Credit: Julie Gourdeau, 2017 Capture Nature Photo Contest participant