What we're about

Welcome to Calgary Nature Lovers!
We accept members from Calgary and the surrounding area to attend in-person events which may be supplemented by online events and webinars. We are a not for profit group run by volunteers. There are no membership or event fees.

This is not a dating group. Private messaging is usually not well received and could result in your removal from this group.

To remain a member of our group, YOU ARE REQUIRED to post Your FIRST NAME, (the initial or full surname is optional) and a RECOGNIZABLE PHOTO of yourself so our Organizers and members can recognize you when we Meetup. This is an important safety measure!

You have one Meetup/Account Profile Photo but you can also have a Group Profile Photo for each Group to which you belong. Please follow this link for information on how to set it up.
https://help.meetup.com/hc/en-us/articles/360002878591-Changing-or-removing-a-profile-photo

IMPORTANT!!
Each time you RSVP to attend any event you agree to the following:

WAIVER
BY SIGNING UP (RSVP) FOR THIS EVENT, you signify that you are aware of all the risks associated with this event and are aware of your physical limits and how they relate to this particular event. You also agree that you take full responsibility without exception for your safety and well being of yourself and your guest(s) and do not hold the organizer, host(s) or event organizers of the Calgary Nature Lovers Meetup Group responsible for any harm, injury or property damage that might occur as a result of your participation. Participants who agree to carpool do so at their own discretion and risk. 
Where events allow for a guest, the guest is not considered an attendee of the group but is the full responsibility of the member who invited them.

In addition, Event Organizers who host events with increased elements of risk will require all attendees to sign our written waiver. https://www.meetup.com/Calgary-Nature-Lovers-Hiking-Meetup/pages/32190284/Copy_of_Waiver_for_Calgary_Nature_Lovers_Meetup/

Our events are in and around the Calgary area and include Municipal, Provincial and National Parks.
They are built around nature but they can be of a wide variety or a combination. Please read the details of each event carefully to ensure it is the right fit for you. Events can be from a slow to a much faster brisk speed and may include elevation, if in doubt message the host for more details. 
If for any reason you are unable to attend an event please change your RSVP to "Not Going" or message the host to change it for you as stated in each event. This allows for the next person on the waitlist to receive adequate notice to attend the event.

Some Organizers choose to create a waiting list, then invite from that list when they are satisfied you have the abilities and equipment to meet the requirements for that event. Make sure that you do not collect too many "NO SHOWS" on your profile or you may not be accepted or moved to the Not Going List and may be removed from our Group!!

The Meetups
* Walks in the city at both slow and moderate speeds
* Rafting, Kayaking, Paddleboarding
* Hiking and Scrambles in the mountains 
* Events that are open to guests, children and friendly dogs
* Snowshoeing, cross country skiing, skating
* Educational Instruction and personal growth
* Travel and camping
* Cycling
* Potluck, BBQs and Restaurants
* Photography themed Walks/Hikes
* Online webinars, zoom meetings and similar offerings.

A picture is worth a thousand words so be sure to check out our photo albums of the past adventures! Over 4,500 albums now!  
https://www.meetup.com/Calgary-Nature-Lovers-Hiking-Meetup/photos/

EVENT ORGANIZERS ARE NEEDED - JOIN OUR TEAM: CONTACT THE GROUP ORGANIZER DAWN ERATH
We are currently seeking Members to be promoted to Event Organizers to host events.

Membership Fees - we do not charge a membership fee but encourage members to make a donation, a post will be made when contributions will be gratefully accepted to cover our yearly website costs of roughly $250.00 CDN

In recognition of the previous Organizers many thanks to Dean H. Organizer from Aug 15, 2011, to August 4th 2020

Upcoming events (4+)

Online Event: Bird Photography Techniques - Virtual Seminar

Needs a location

Join us for a virtual event on bird photography techniques with nature photographer Kyle Marquardt!

Register Here:
https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/bird-photography-techniques-virtual-seminar-tickets-343302516067?aff=ebdssbonlinesearch&keep_tld=1

During this virtual event, Kyle Marquardt will lead an interactive seminar on how to optimize camera settings to capture photographs of birds. Kyle will also showcase Sony's latest camera technology and lenses to capture images of our bird guest model, a domesticated Falcon named "Bigfoot"
Sponsored by Sony Canada.

Bird Model - Bigfoot
Bigfoot is a male barbary falcon. Barbary falcons are a subspecies of peregrine falcon that is native to parts of southern Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East. Bigfoot was bred in captivity by a breeder in Ontario. He was hand-raised, or “imprinted” to people and therefore thinks that he is one of us. His primary job is chasing nuisance birds away from places where they are doing damage to property. We are thrilled to welcome Bigfoot into The Camera Store to be our model.

About Kyle Marquardt:
In his home territory in the Rocky Mountains, in Calgary, Alberta, Canada Kyle is a commercial and nature photographer, where he conducts his passion for creating beautiful and meaningful imagery in challenging environments. His work has been published in National Geographic Travel, and he is proud to have been commissioned to document and promote successful land conservation projects for NGO's like the Nature Conservancy of Canada and Ducks Unlimited.

Glennfield (Brisk walk not a stroll)

Needs a location

Weather dependent! A "brisk" 8-10 km
I may shorten OR postpone depending on weather.
Recognizable profile pic necessary to attend.
Please be ready to begin walking at 10:00 am sharp.
This walk will take us from Glennfield to Bebo Grove & return.

Brisk walk so no slowpokes OR speedsters.
Signing up indicates your intention to walk as a group.

DOGS on a SHORT LEASH are welcome.

Please be courteous to those on the wait list and remember to RSVP or change your RSVP (if you cannot attend) before 9 pm the day before this event to allow someone to move up from the wait list with sufficient time to attend.

WAIVER
BY SIGNING UP (RSVP) FOR THIS EVENT, you signify that you are aware of all the risks associated with nature hiking and are aware of your physical limits and how they relate to this particular event. You also signify that you take full responsibility without exception for your safety and well being and do not hold the organizer, host or event organizers of the Calgary Nature Lovers Meetup Group responsible for any harm that might occur as a result of your participation. Participants who agree to carpool do so as their own discretion and risk. Where events allow for a guest, the guest is not considered an attendee of the group but is the full responsibility of the member who invited them.

Paskapoo Inner-City Hike

Needs a location

Join us Saturday for a social hike through Paskapoo Slopes. This is a 3.7 Kilometer (T2) inner-city walk that features streams. The hike also features abandoned cars, tipi, large rock (referred to as big rock), as well as an old house. If you're looking for something a little different then this meetup is perfect for you!

Let's meet at 8:50 a.m in the parking lot of Calgary French & International School. As usual departure is 9:00 a.m sharp!
Please be prepared to walk 90 minutes at a medium to slow pace.

Kids are welcome, kids with four legs can also come!

WAIVER
BY SIGNING UP (RSVP) FOR THIS EVENT, you agree that you know all risks associated with nature hiking and know your physical limits and how they relate to this particular event. You also agree that you take full responsibility without exception for your safety and well being of yourself and your guest(s) and do not hold the organizer, host(s) or event organizers of the Calgary Nature Lovers Meetup Group responsible for any harm, injury, property damage or loss that might occur as a result of your participation. Where events allow for a guest, the guest is not considered an attendee of the group but is the full responsibility of the member who invited them. Participants who agree to carpool do so at their own discretion and risk.

Golden Acre Saturday Webinars: Perennials II

Needs a location

Learn how to maintain gorgeous perennials with simple garden habits like fertilizing and deadheading from our horticulturist, Colin Hayles!

You Must Register Here:
https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/golden-acre-saturday-webinars-perennials-ii-tickets-276000383577?aff=ebdsoporgprofile

As the growing season progresses, there are ways to keep your perennials looking fresh and vibrant. Pollinators will appreciate the effort too!
Learn how to properly maintain your perennials from our experienced horticulturist, Colin Hayles! He'll explore general care, how to fertilize them, and the benefits of deadheading old blooms to ensure lasting growth and overall health throughout the season.
Colin started his adventures in the world of horticulture back in 1997. Working as a landscaper in Montreal he got his horticulture diploma from the University of Guelph through an applied sciences degree. Eventually, Colin made it to YYC where he happened to end up working at Golden Acre Home & Garden. With over 20 years of experience all across Canada, he has developed a love of all things nature and gardening and is still the least famous or impressive person in his family.

Whether you have been gardening for years, or just getting started, bring your coffee, energy, and perennial questions to this fun chat!

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Past events (6,165)

Afternoon walk at Griffith Woods Park

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Photos (258,184)