Field Trips & Events

As part of our commitment to providing interpretive guides and members of the community access to ongoing learning opportunities, we have the following field trips available:

Parks Canada Research Updates are available on Park Radio as podcasts:

Also check out Nature Calgary for other field trip opportunities that might interest you.

Avalanche Safety Training Level 2 (AST 2)

Dates: December 15 - 18, 2017

Location: Classroom - IGA office, 3 days outside (TBD)

Cost: $545 for IGA members only. This is a reduced rate for an AST 2 course offered by the IGA only to accredited AI or PI guides holding a full IGA membership in good standing.

This course is for you if you have taken your AST 1, you have solid experience in the backcountry and you dedicate most of your free time to recreating in the backcountry. An AST 2 course builds on the foundations of your AST 1, and provides a more advanced decision-making framework for traveling in avalanche terrain. An AST 2 course comprises a minimum of 9.5 hours of classroom instruction with a minimum of three days in the field.

What you will learn in an AST 2 course:

  • progressive planning and travel techniques are required to travel safely through various types of terrain
  • key techniques for using the Danger Rating on a local scale
  • key techniques for applying the Avalanche Terrain Exposure Scale (ATES) technical model to develop personal, local terrain ratings
  • proficiently carry out a companion rescue
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Parks Canada Volunteers Basic On Line Course

Basic On Line Course for Parks Canada Volunteers with Tina Barzo! ***You may only register for this course if you are volunteering with Parks Canada in Banff this summer and have been given the ok with Tina Barzo. Contact Tina if you have questions or want to get on her list.

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Parks Canada Volunteers Basic program

Special admin fee for Parks Canada volunteers.

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