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The Friends of Fish Creek and Alberta Parks work together to bring you the Fish Creek Speaker Series!

Starting in January 2019, the Fish Creek Speaker Series admission fee for non-Friends of Fish Creek members will increase from $5.00 to $10.00. This increase will help to alleviate some of the costs associated with running the program and encourage membership. Through the Fish Creek Speaker Series program, professionals from a variety of fields and areas of expertise share their knowledge and experiences with community members. These presentations take place from January – June and then September  – November. Friends of Fish Creek members will continue to receive free admission to these fascinating and informative presentations.

Presentations take place on Thursday nights at the Fish Creek Environmental Learning Centre, a state-of-the-art educational facility nestled deep in the forest of the park’s west end.  Meet others who also love Fish Creek and learn about a wide range of topics from geology to wildlife, protected areas in Alberta and more.

Presentations take place from 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm at the Fish Creek Environmental Learning Centre (13931 Woodpath Rd. SW) and can be accessed via 37 St. and 130 Ave. SW.

Map to Fish Creek Environmental Learning Centre

Admission: Free to Friends members,  $5 for non-members. 

Registration Required. Reserve early as space is limited. Refreshments available on a first-come, first-served basis. Please park near washroom facility. 

The Castle Provincial Park and Castle Wildland Provincial Park

Thursday, October 25, 2018 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Presented by Julie MacDougall, Senior Parks Planner – South Region Alberta Environment and Parks

The Castle Provincial Park and Castle Wildland Provincial Park were established in January 2017. Concurrent with the establishment of the Parks a management plan was released for public consultation, with the final plan being approved in May 2018. This presentation will cover the rational for the establishment of the Castle Provincial Park and Castle Wildland Provincial Park, an overview of the conservation, wildlife and ecological values of the area and the unique opportunities that we have to work with Indigenous Peoples and to establish new recreational opportunities.

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East Coast Exploration – Newfoundland

“Stay where you’re to ‘til I comes where you’re at…”

Thursday, November 22, 2018 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Presented by Julia Millen, Acting Community & Partner Relations Team Lead – Alberta Environment and Parks

Environmental Learning Centre, Shannon Terrace, Fish Creek Provincial Park – 13931 Woodpath Rd SW

When the sun rises at the eastern edge of North America, on one of the “four corners of the world”, the first land to see the break of day is Newfoundland. It is one of the best places to see and appreciate nature in all its glory. Dramatic coastlines, sweeping barrens, boreal forests, tuckamore, and ancient rock formations make up the natural, wild beauty of this place. The living landscape holds its own wonder – teeming with seabirds, moose, caribou, and whales. Mix that in with the colourful history and culture for an experience that will never be forgotten. Julia has made it a quest to visit as many of Canada’s National Parks and National Historic Sites as she can. This past summer she added several to her list, including backpacking the Long Range Traverse in Gros Morne National Park, and will share her Adventures on November 22.

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Special thanks to the following presenters for the informative talks. Thank you to everyone who attended, to Alberta Parks Staff and to the volunteers who helped these events run smoothly. 

The Secret Lives of Bighorn Sheep – presented by Dr. Kathreen Ruckstuhl, University of Calgary Associate Professor – Thursday, Oct 23, 2014

Writing-on-Stone Provincial Park: Where History, Stories and Dreams Become One – presented by Aaron Domes, Head of Visitor Services at Writing-on-Stone Provincial Park – Thursday, Nov 20, 2014

Geology: The Foundation for Alberta Parks – presented by Dr. Mark Fenton of the Alberta Geological Survey – Thursday, Jan 22, 2015

Fire in Kananaskis Country – presented by Scott Jevons Geographical Information Systems (GIS) Specialist and Alberta Parks Fire Ecologist in Kananaskis Country – Thursday, Feb 19, 2015

Blast from the Past: An Archaeological Exploration of Fish Creek Provincial Park – presented by Drew McKibben, Heritage Interpreter – Thursday, March 19, 2015

The Healing Power of Nature: Naturopathic Medicine and a Healthy, Balanced Lifestyle – presented by Dr. Gayle Maguire, Member of the College of Naturopathic Doctors of Alberta and the Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors – Thursday, April 16, 2015

Springtime in Fish Creek: Wildlife, Conservation Officers and You – presented by Fish Creek Provincial Park Conservation Officer Arthur Hughes – Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Dirt Road History of the Plains and Foothills – presented by Bill Evans, Engineer, Photographer, Explorer and Dirt Road Adventurer – Thursday, June 18, 2015

A Day in the Life of the Urban Conservation Officer – presented by Fish Creek Provincial Park Conservation Officers Arthur Hughes and Thomas Blake, Conservation Officers from Fish Creek and the East Kananaskis Management Area – Thursday, Sep 24, 2015

The Flood Giveth and the Flood Taketh Away: Excavation of a Two Thousand Year Old Buried Tipi Ring in Fish Creek Provincial Park – presented by Dr. Dan Meyer, Lifeways of Canada Limited – Thursday, Oct 22, 2015

The Place of Parks and Nature at End of Life – presented by Sonya L. Jakubec, RN, PhD, Associate Professor with the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Mount Royal University and Don Carruthers Den Hoed, Head of Inclusion and Public Engagement Parks Division – Kananaskis Region Alberta Environment and Parks – Thursday, Nov 19, 2015

Fish Creek: From Gentle Stream to Wild River and Everything in Between – presented by Katie Pearson Program Coordinator, Friends of Fish Creek – Thursday, Jan 21, 2016

Sticks and Stones: Using Bioengineering to Improve Fish Habitat – presented by Lesley Peterson (P.Biol) Provincial Biologist Trout Unlimited Canada – Thursday, Feb 25, 2016

Top Dog: The Ecology, History and Survival of Gray Wolves in Kananaskis and Alberta – presented by Melanie Percy, Regional Park Ecologist, Heritage Protection Team Lead – Thursday, March 24, 2016

Estate Planning: Leave a Lasting Legacy for Cherished Green Spaces and Healthy Families – presented by Marissa German, McLeod Law Associate – Thursday, April 28, 2016

A Journey through the Mountains and Meadows of Kananaskis – presented by John McFaul, Professional Hiking Guide – Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Qi Gong and the Fish Creek Wellness Showcase – presented by Dianne Smith, Spring Forest Qi Gong Certified Instructor, and featuring Yoga and Guided Meditation Instructors Gwen Draude Woolverton and Naomi Parker, and local artists and Painting Instructors Sylvia Prochownik and Jim Pescott – Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Geology on your Doorstep: Exposed Rocks and Fossils within an Hour’s Drive from Calgary – presented by Jon Noad, Geological Consultant – Thursday, Sep 22, 2016

Exploring the Native Grassland Elements of Fish Creek Provincial Park – presented by Ian Macdonald, Professional Biologist and Botanist – Thursday, Oct 27, 2016

Alberta Parks – White Goat and Siffleur Wilderness Areas of the Central Rockies – Presented by Graham Thursfield Visitor Services Coordinator, Rocky Mountain House – Thursday, Nov 24, 2016

Growing Up in Alberta’s Eastern Parks – Presented by Alison Cole, Visitor Experience Coordinator, Alberta Environment and Parks, Parkland Area – Thursday, Jan 26, 2017

Beaches, Birds, and the Boreal Forest: Lesser Slave Lake Provincial Park – Presented by Ceiridwen Robbins, Visitor Services Coordinator, Alberta Environment and Parks, Slave Lake District – Thursday, Feb 23, 2017 

Uncharted: A Photographic Wildflower and Book evening with Graeme Connell – Presented by Graeme and Lois Connell – Thursday, March 23, 2017 

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Discover Calgary’s Best Walks with author Lori Beattie – Presented by Lori Beattie – Thursday, April 20, 2017

Beavers: Nature’s Engineers, Troublesome Rodents, Iconic Canadian Symbol and So Much More – Presented by Cows and Fish; Shalane Friesen, Formal and Environmental Educator Fish Creek Provincial Park; and Ryan Hannusch, Fish Creek Provincial Park Conservation Officer – Thursday, May 18, 2017

Art in the Park – Art Exhibit, Meet and Greet and Special Presentations with Local Artists Jim Pescott, Yasmin Irani and Gerry Mulhall – Presented by Jim Pescott, Yasmin Irani and Gerry Mulhall – Thursday, June 22, 2017

Planned Giving for Healthy Families: Leaving a Legacy, Planning Your Estate, and Charitable Giving – Presented by Aaron Bickman, Trust and Estate Practitioner in the Wills & Estates group of McLeod Law – Wednesday, Sep 27, 2017

Kananaskis Public Safety: Who We Are and What We Do – Presented by Kananaskis Public Safety Specialists – Thursday, Oct 26, 2017

Snakes of Alberta: Why Everyone Should Love Snakes – Presented by Sandi Robertson, Wildlife Biologist Alberta Environment and Parks – Thursday, Nov 23, 2017

Whirling Disease in Alberta – Presented by Lesley Peterson, Alberta Provincial Biologist with Trout Unlimited Canada – Thursday, Jan 11, 2018

Trekking Across Southern Alberta: From Saskatchewan to Writing-On-Stone – Presented by Gus Yaki, Lifelong Naturalist and Dedicated Friends of Fish Creek volunteer – Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Fantastic Fossils: Where, How, and Why to Find Them – Presented by Ben Borkovic, Palaeontologist with the Royal Tyrrell Museum Flood Mitigation Project -Thursday, March 22, 2018

ReWilding, a Story of Fish Creek Restoration – Presented by Drew McKibbon, Friends of Fish Creek Tour Guide – Thursday, April 19, 2018

Grizzly Bears in Kananaskis Country, Tools for Managing Grizzlies and Bear Populations – Presented by John Paczkowski, Park Ecologist with Alberta Environment and Parks – Thursday, May 24, 2018

Rocks, Ridges, and Rivers: Geological Wonders of Banff, Yoho, and Jasper National Parks – Presented by Dale Leckie, Award-Winning Geologist and Best-Selling Author – Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Planned Giving – Leaving a Legacy for Future Generations and Healthy Families – Presented by Henry Villanueva, Wills and Estates Lawyer – Wednesday, September 26, 2018