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: http://parkradio.podomatic.com/

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


April 26, 2019

Annual General Meeting Canmore

Annual General Meeting of the members to review our 2018/2019 year.

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April 27, 2019

Navigation 101- How to Get Unlost • 1:00 - 5:00

Join Jenna Nodding, from Get Outside Adventures, for a day in the field learning how to get un-lost. By the end of the day you'll be able to find north without a compass (or GPS), match the terrain around you to the map, use a compass to orientate the map to north, and tell your friends what the squiggly lines on a topo map mean!!! Phew, that is a lot to cover, but are we ever going to have fun!

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April 27, 2019

Survival skills for Short Outdoor Trips • 11:45 - 1:45

This program will introduce the basic skills that a person might need if they are caught out in an un-planned overnight survival situation, either because of an injury they or a group member has suffered, or because they have been just caught out overnight through other circumstances. Subjects covered during this workshop include how to prioritize the sequence of a short term survival situation, the equipment you should carry in your pack to deal with an unplanned, overnight situation, and how to use that gear including i.e. a shelter, fire, and water purification.

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April 27, 2019

Leading Through Fire Walk • 10:00 - 12:00

In today’s world, the fires of change confront leaders on a daily basis. Knowing how to respond to change can be difficult, but some of the best-kept secrets for effectively leading through change can be found right outside the door… in the forest. On this interactive walk, leaders will: - See first hand how local trees and forests responded to fire - Know how the response of trees can inform and enhance their leadership during times of change and stress - Understand how the fires of change are required to make forests, individuals and organizations more resilient - Develop ecologically proven strategies and tools to lead through change

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April 27, 2019

An Introduction to Nordic Walking • 3:30 - 5:00

The purpose of this introductory 75 min. session is to learn correct Nordic Walking technique. A popular misconception is that Nordic walking is simply walking with poles. Nothing could be farther from reality! There is a specific technique to be learned in order to perfect the plant, push, propel actions that turn a walk into a turbo-charged aerobic activity. Learn more about Urban Poling, Canada’s leading provider of Nordic walking instruction here (https://activebynaturecanmore.ca/urban-poling/) & be sure to watch the 1 minute video.

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April 27, 2019

Re-wild Yourself Plant Walk • 10:00 - 12:00

Join Julie Walker to discover the edible forest floor. Learn to safely identify 4 edible or medicinal plants of the Montane valley on this 2-hour walk. Discover the ancient relationship between animals, plants and early humans.

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April 27, 2019

Re-wild Yourself Plant Walk • 3:00 - 5:00

Join Julie Walker to discover the edible forest floor. Learn to safely identify 4 edible or medicinal plants of the Montane valley on this 2-hour walk. Discover the ancient relationship between animals, plants and early humans.

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April 27, 2019

Forest Fire Talk • 10:00 - 11:00

Join Cliff White to see first hand how our local trees and forests responded to fire.

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April 27, 2019

Outdoor Activity - Common Ground: Climate Change in our Community • 1:30 - 3:00 pm 

During this outdoor workshop, participants will identify links between our local landscapes and climate change issues to better understand how this problem is affecting our local ecosystems. We will delve into some of the solutions and adaptations and how to engage in meaningful dialogue with diverse audiences about climate change.

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April 27, 2019

Dialogic Interpretation- Let’s Talk! 11:30 - 1:30

Join Jacquie and Adele from Parks Canada to discuss this latest trend in interpretation.  They will cover what Dialogic Interpretation is, the benefits of using it, examples of its use across North America and locally, the Arc of Dialogue, asking good questions and how you could use Dialogic Interpretation in both short interactions, as well as in longer programs. Let’s inspire each other through talk!

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April 27, 2019

Presentation on the Cultural Knowledge of Plants  • 1:00 - 2:30

Harvesting wild plants for food and medicine is a growing activity. Typically associated with Indigenous knowledge, harvesting is met with mixed feelings within our Indigenous communities specifically around teaching how to harvest wild plants for medicines. Harvesting is a complex interplay of knowledge, experience, practice and understanding because it is more than reciting the common or scientific names or reading about the various uses of a plant. The cultural knowledge of plants is the bases of a hiking series that is being developed where people begin to learn some of the cultural knowledge behind aspects of harvesting wild plants from an Indigenous framework.

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April 27, 2019

Water In The World We Want - Presentation by Bob Sandford • 3:00 - 4:15

During this presentation, an international expert on water security – and IGA Master Interpreter –Bob Sandford, will explain what water means to him; how the current global water crisis came into existence came into existence, how and why the rate and manner by which water moves through the global water cycle continues to accelerate; how this acceleration is impacting water security in this country and what those impacts could mean in the future in terms of our identity and way of life in Canada and elsewhere. The presentation will conclude with a report on the globally important research on water and climate being conducted by the Global Water Future program in Canmore and powerful evocation of why it is important to Canada and to the world to leave no one behind with respect to water.

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April 27, 2019

Story Telling Workshop • 10:00 - 12:00

Keep people hanging on your every word by telling the best adventure stories ever! Practice different oral storytelling structures, play with finding anecdotes that clearly help your participants learn about the outdoors, and practice refining your own experiences into fantastic adventure stories. When you are a guide, everyday is an adventure story!

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April 27, 2019

The Art of Questioning • 1:30 - 3:20

Draw people into the mystery and deep-learning of the natural word by exploring ways to ask meaningful questions. Consider how some questions are used just to draw out knowledge, while if phrased in a different way, the same question-concept can be used to evoke rich conversation. Explore playful teaching-tactics and strategies that help groups of people discuss, create and explore learning in collaborative ways.

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April 27, 2019

Content, Communication, & Consent: Making Sure a Client is Bound by a Waiver

This program will discuss how a guide or a guiding company can ensure that a client is bound by a waiver. A well-drafted waiver along with good standard practices concerning its signing are crucial for the minimization of litigation risks. Concepts like assumption of risk, waiver of claims, release of liability, and record keeping will be some of the items discussed during this program.

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April 27, 2019

Forest Play for Families

Bring your kids and join Dave Verhulst in the forest of the Canmore Nordic Centre for a Forest Play session. Cost includes one adult and one child.

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May 16, 2019

Theme Building 201

Learn to craft great themes

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June 06, 2019

Theme Building 301

Tips and Tricks to Make Your Interpretive Programs Awesome!

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December 31, 2019

Parks Canada Volunteers Basic program

Special admin fee for Parks Canada volunteers.

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August 12, 2023

Purchase Digital Handbook

Purchase a PDF version of the Interpretive Guides Handbook

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January 01, 2030

Purchase Group Management Handbook

Purchase Group Management Handbook

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January 01, 2030

Purchase Canadian Rockies Natural/Cultural History Handbook

Purchase Canadian Rockies Natural/Cultural History Handbook

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January 01, 2039

Purchase Interpretation Handbook

Purchase Interpretation Handbook

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