Workshop – Birds, Birding, and Interpretation!

You might not always see big wildlife on your guided hikes, but you often hear or see birds. Birding is an important skill for all interpretive hiking guides.

Join experienced interpreter and birder Gareth Thomson for a delightful two hours of birding! Bring your binoculars and suitable outdoor gear. You will look and listen to some fabulous birds. Come prepared to learn tips and tricks about how to share the wonderful world of birds with your clients.

Date: Thursday, June 1, 2023
Time: 7:30am – 9:30am MST
Location: Canmore
CPD Hours: 2 hours
Price: $30 (members) / $45 (non-members)

(space is limited so don’t delay in registering)



Gareth Thomson

Gareth Thomson has been a resident of the Bow Valley since 1989, and served on Canmore Town Council from 1992-1995. He brings over thirty years’ experience in community engagement and environmental education: he founded and led the Alberta Council for Environmental Education as Executive Director for fifteen years, founded the education office of a conservation NGO before that, and began his career an environmental educator with Kananaskis Country.

Gareth has taught high school, been a judge for the Alberta Emerald Awards, and volunteered with Alberta Ecotrust Foundation on their grant review committee. He has an engineering degree, an M.Sc. in Environmental Geology, is a certified teacher, and has received awards for outstanding service in environmental education from provincial, national, and international associations.

Gareth lives in Canmore, where he divides his free time between parenting three exceptional young people, birdwatching, trail running and biking, and walking hand in hand with his wife Kelly.

Refund Policy: Refunds will not be issued for any reason (including illness and injury) if cancelling less than 2 weeks prior to the event date. Full refunds, less an administration fee, are available if requested 3 weeks (or more) prior to the event date. For more information, please consult the IGA refund policy.

  • Course PD Hours: 2


Jun 01 2023


7:30 am - 9:30 am



Course Location

Banff / Canmore
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