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!

Interested in volunteering as a Tour Assistant?  We’re still looking for a few more people this year; 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.


Summer Walk with Wayne Meikle – June 9, 1-3pm

Each area of Fish Creek Provincial Park is special and unique in its own right, and Glennfield and Shaw’s Meadow are no exceptions.  Join Friends’ founding member and volunteer extraordinaire, Wayne Meikle, to learn about the history of these areas and how Fish Creek Provincial Park came to be.

Only $5 – Register through Eventbrite

 

Alien Invasion: Native and Invasive Plants in Fish Creek Provincial Park with Drew McKibben 

June 27 and July 11,  6:30-8:30pm

August 9, 10am-noon

Learn about the importance of native plants, how their existence is threatened by the continued spread of invasive plants and what we can do about it.

Only $5 – Register through Eventbrite

 

ReWilding Through Restoration with Drew McKibben – July 7, 10am-noon

Flooding events and the negative impact of park visitors walking off designated pathways both have serious implications for the health of the Fish Creek watershed.  This tour takes you to visit the Friends’ riparian restoration sites to see the important work being done by volunteers that combats these issues and contributes to increased ecosystem health.

Only $5 – Register through Eventbrite

Find out more about the Friends’ Riparian Stewardship Program and restoration projects


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. He is a founding member of the Friends of Fish Creek and one of our most dedicated volunteers.

Drew McKibben has been in the communications business for nearly 25 years as a journalist, a broadcaster and author of periodical nature stories for children.  Before his communications career, Drew spent a decade in the backcountry as a fire lookout and lighthouse keeper, and as a foreman with federal and provincial parks building backcountry projects.  He has also worked as an interpreter of cultural history at Calgary’s Heritage Park and is currently a river guide on the Bow River for Calgary’s River Watch program.  Drew has been an avid volunteer with the Friends since 2014.


Past Programs This Season…..

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

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

Night Sky Wonders with Don Hladiuk –  April 11th, 7-9pm 


 *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 Gordeau, Capture Nature Photo Contest (2017)