Hikes & Outings

AWA Hike: Fall Whaleback

Sep 22 2018 (All day)

With AWA Volunteer Nick Pink, and Conservation Specialists Nissa Petterson and Grace Wark

The Whaleback is one of the most spectacular Montane landscapes and boasts incredible diversity.

Cost: $25 AWA Members/ $50 Non-members
Difficulty: Moderate
Elevation Gain: Gentle
Estimated duration of hike: 8 hours including a lovely lunch break

Meeting point details distributed the week before to registered hikers Read more about AWA Hike: Fall Whaleback


The Whaleback , AB

AWA Hike: Sandhills and Horse Lake

Sep 21 2018 (All day)

With Heinz Unger and AWA Conservation Specialist, Joanna Skrajny

A full day hike in the Ghost River Forest reserve west of Calgary.

After hiking through a partially cleared forest, the “Sandhills” are reached. They are a unique feature in the foothills ridges with some areas covered by bare sand only. Further beyond are extensive wetlands and a small lake in an area frequented by wild horses. Read more about AWA Hike: Sandhills and Horse Lake


Ghost River Forest Reserve , AB

Climb for Wilderness

Apr 22 2017 - 2:30pm to 6:00pm

The Climb for Wilderness is a signature event. For the past 25 years, it has been held annually at the Calgary Tower – in 2017, it will be held at the iconic Bow Building! Our goal is to increase public awareness of wilderness, wildlife and wild water in Alberta. The Climb for Wilderness provides learning opportunities and the challenges to climb all 1188 stairs and raise funds for Alberta Wilderness Association. The event is known as the best Earth Day event in western Canada and attracts more than 1000 individual participants and 150 volunteers annually. Read more about Climb for Wilderness


The Bow Skyscraper
510 Centre Street SW
Calgary , AB

9th Annual West Castle Wetlands Ecological Reserve Weed Pull

Jul 25 2016 - 3:30pm

Bring a digging tool, drinking water, lunch and insect repellent. If you want to work both sides of the river, please bring water shoes. We are making a difference on the battle against the invasive species. Many hands make light work — come and join us to protect the ecological reserve and enjoy the company of other like-minded workers.

Meet at the Castle Mountain Resort parking lot at 9:30 am. Following the weed pull there will be a BBQ at the T-Bar Pub.

Please RSVP to Wendy Rayn 403-627-4106 or Heidi Eijgel 403-627-1152 Read more about 9th Annual West Castle Wetlands Ecological Reserve Weed Pull


West Castle Wetlands Ecological Reserve , AB

Christmas Bird Counts

Dec 14 2015 - 7:00am to Jan 5 2016 - 7:00am

From the Bird Studies Canada Christmas Bird Count website:

Started in 1900, the Christmas Bird Count is North America's longest-running Citizen Science project. Counts happen in over 2000 localities throughout the Western Hemisphere.

The information collected by thousands of volunteer participants forms one of the world's largest sets of wildlife survey data. The results are used daily by conservation biologists and naturalists to assess the population trends and distribution of birds.

Each Christmas Bird Count is conducted on a single day between December 14 and January 5. Counts are carried out within a 24-km diameter circle that stays the same from year to year. They are organized, usually as group efforts, at the local level, often by a birding club or naturalist organization.

Read more about Christmas Bird Counts


various locations

Food Forest Sun Trap - Work Bee

Aug 29 2015 - 7:30pm to Aug 30 2015 - 2:00am
Aug 30 2015 - 3:00pm to 11:00pm

Come help install Red Deer's largest edible forest garden - aka a "Food Forest" and be part of an organic "barn raising" like Red Deer has never seen!

The Piper Creek Restoration Agriculture Project located at the Piper Creek Community Gardens will soon be home to an over 11,000sq. ft. cold temperate food forest! Read more about Food Forest Sun Trap - Work Bee


Piper Creek Restoration Agriculture Project (about 1km past the City of Red Deer Landfill on 40th Ave, on east side of the road)
Red Deer , AB

Jane’s Walk: Downtown Sustainability Stroll

May 2 2015 - 6:00pm

Are you looking for an opportunity to get to know your city a little bit better? How about a unique way to learn more about sustainability and Edmonton’s efforts at becoming an environmentally friendly low carbon city? Here's your chance.

You'll meet Robyn Webb from City Environmental Strategies Section in the City Room for the Downtown Sustainability Stroll Jane’s Walk. Read more about Jane’s Walk: Downtown Sustainability Stroll


City Hall - City Room (bottom of stairs to Council Chambers)
1 Sir Winston Churchill Square
Edmonton , AB

8th Annual Great Canadian Shoreline Clean Up

Sep 23 2014 - 4:00pm

Join the Castle‐Crown Wilderness Coalition on September 23rd, 10:00 AM, at the boat dock at Beaver Mines Lake. Dress for the weather, don’t forget your hat and bring sunscreen, bug spray, water, and a bag lunch. Everyone is welcome to participate. Join us for an environmental clean up and help us keep our shoreline bright and beautiful.

Registration is requested but not required. To register call Carolyn at 403-627‐5059 or Wendy at 403-627‐4106. Read more about 8th Annual Great Canadian Shoreline Clean Up


Boat Dock Beaver Mines Lake , AB


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