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

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. 


Kananaskis Public Safety: Who We Are and What We Do

Thursday, October 26, 2017, 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Presented by Kananaskis Public Safety Specialists

Kananaskis Public Safety is a division of Alberta Parks that provides emergency mountain rescue services to the Kananaskis Region. We specialize in avalanche, high angle, water, and high mountain emergency response, and regularly team up with Conservation Officers to offer a complete rescue service. Kananaskis Public Safety Specialists are professionally trained guides who have devoted our lives to mountain travel. We have combined the guiding skills and experiences with rescue skills to become experts in Mountain Rescue. Learn more about this exciting career field on October 26.

Free to Friends members and $5 for non-members.

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Snakes of Alberta – Why Everyone Should Love Snakes

Thursday, November 23, 2017, 7:00 – 8:00 pm

Presented by Sandi Robertson, Wildlife Biologist Alberta Environment and Parks

You may have seen red-sided or wandering garter snakes here in Fish Creek Provincial Park, sun bathing on the pathway, or heard them rustling through the underbrush, but did you know that four other snake species live in this province? Alberta’s other snake species include the bullsnake, the western hog-nosed snake, the plains garter snake and the iconic prairie rattlesnake. The protected snake hibernaculaum at Shannon Terrace provides a place for snakes to breed and live throughout the winter. Although many people dislike snakes and are scared of them, only one species in Alberta has venom that is poisonous to humans, the prairie rattler. Join Sandi Robertson, wildlife Biologist Alberta Environment and Parks, on November 23 to learn about this province’s fascinating snakes, where in the province these snakes live, which ones are at risk and why everyone should love snakes. Sandi focuses on snake Species at Risk and she monitors snake populations and implements recovery actions.

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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

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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