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.
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.
Thursday, April 20th – Discover Calgary’s Best Walks with author Lori Beattie
Calgary is a walking city! Fresh, crisp air, big blue skies, nature tucked into all quadrants, hidden stairways, over 500 km of paved pathways and wonderful independent cafe’s where you can stop and recharge. I think the best way to celebrate Canada’s birthday is to introduce Calgarians to their wonderful city, to help them meet their neighbours, to help them experience the pleasure, the perspective, that comes from taking a walk.
Thursday, May 18th – 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
We call them nature’s engineers for good reason. No other species other than humans has the potential to change the landscape as much as beavers do. They are strong, intelligent, hard working and yes very busy. Join us on May 18 to learn about these fascinating creatures and integral members of the wildlife community.
Stay tuned for more information.
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
Allow Ceiridwen Robbins of Alberta Parks to transport you to northwestern Alberta and explore the fascinating landscape and diversity of life in Lesser Slave Lake Provincial Park – all without leaving Calgary! Learn about the beaches, birds, and boreal plants that abound in this provincial park, including some rare and unusual species.
Uncharted: A Photographic Wildflower and Book evening with Graeme Connell – Presented by Graeme and Lois Connell, Thursday, March 23, 2017
Photo credits: Red Clover – Anne Elliott, water sampling – FoFC, metal sheet pile isolation – TUC, Leaf – Don Carruthers Den Hoed