Field Trip Schedule

For detailed information about Field Trips, Field Trips Policy, Guidelines for Field Trip Leaders and "Release of Liability" form, please click on Field Trips - General Info.

Nature Vancouver recommends trip participants review the Release of Liability waiver before the day of the trip.

Saturday, September 30
Alpine hike - Difficulty level D8

Strenuous day hike, destination to be determined depending on weather conditions. The likely destination will be either Elfin Lakes or Frosty Mountain. Expect a hike of up to 22 km return with approximately 700-1100 metres elevation gain. Pack lunch and bring lots of water, and be prepared for cold, wet and windy weather and wet trail conditions. Snow is a good possibility so microspikes are recommended. Difficulty rating D8. Pre-registration is required - contact Bill Kinkaid by Wednesday 27 September.


Sunday, October 1
Nature Walk on Bowen Island (Difficulty rating:C5)

Join Kelly Sekhon for a walk in Crippen Park on Bowen Island. We will go to Dorman Point, September Morn Beach and walk around Killarney Lake. Meet on board the 10:05 am ferry from Horseshoe Bay. Bring a lunch and hot drink and dress for the weather. Hiking boots are required. We will take the 4:00 pm ferry back. Parking in Horseshoe Bay is limited and expensive. Either use transit or carpool at McDonalds in Park Royal. Pre-register with Kelly by email only. Cell phone 778-979-0558 for last minute updates.

Saturday, October 7
Jericho Park Birding

This is a half day Field Trip to cover the ponds and foreshore.Winter arrivals. Meet at the West entrance to the Park, NW Marine Drive and Discovery Street, at 9:00 am. Limited free parking.Washrooms. Leader: Adrian, cell 778 838 2006.


Sunday, October 8
Birding at Colony Farm RP

Colony Farm Regional Park will be the location of this half-day birding field trip. There should be a good variety of late migrants and returning over-wintering species. Notables over the years on this outing were Northern Mockingbird & Short-eared Owl. Meet your leader Larry Cowan at the parking area at the south end of Colony Farm Rd. adjacent to the Community Gardens at 0900. 604-307-0931

Saturday, October 14
Half-day Birding Field Trip at Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary

Join John Chandler for a half-day birding trip to Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary. We will be looking for late migrants and returning Snow Geese. Remember to bring money for the small admission fee and dress for chilly and/or wet weather. You may want to bring your lunch and a hot drink to enjoy in the warming hut after your walk. Meet John at the Reifel gift shop at 0900. Contact John at 604-839-8777.

Sunday, October 15
Marine Mammal Rehabiltation Centre Visit - Oct 15 10:45 AM

The Marine Mammal Rehab Centre takes in marine mammals in need of care. The majority of these animals are abandonned harbour seal pups, however, a variety of marine mammals have been aided by the Centre, with the intent of releasing them back to the wild. 

Meet at the Main Street Dock at 10:45 to complete registration and waivers. Follow Main St (Vancouver) north to the overpass. Proceed around it to the T-intersection. Turn left, and then first left again into the dock area and go all the way to the end (green fence).

Dress for wet conditions underfoot and appropriately for the weather. This is an outdoor facility. A2

Suggested donation: $10.00, collected on behalf of MMR facility.

Please register by email with Jennifer or call 604-942-9908.

Saturday, November 4
Birding at DeBoville Slough & Minnekhada RP

Join leader Larry Cowan for this half-day birding field trip to DeBoville Slough/Minnekhada RP. The area is home to many over wintering species with waterfowl in the sloughs, ponds and river and the chance of raptors over the fields. Meet in the parking lot adjacent to the washroom facilities at Cedar & Victoria Drs. in NE Coquitlam at 0900. We will position an appropriate number of vehicles in the parking area off Quarry Road in Minnekhada RP for our return trip. 604-307-0931

Sunday, November 12
Nature Walk along Brunette River (Difficulty Rating A5)

Join Kelly Sekhon for a nature walk along Central Valley Greenway in Burnaby and New Westminster. We will look for birds, fungi, spawnig salmon and perhaps an American Dipper.

Meet at 9 am outside the Sperling SkyTrain station on the Millenium Line. If you have to drive, then find a parking spot at the Burnaby Lake Sports Complex (# 20 on the MAP) and meet the group in front of Bill Copeland Sports Centre (3676 Kensington Ave., Burnaby) at around 9:20 am. 

We will walk along the north shore of Burnaby Lake and along Brunette River through Hume Park to catch the SkyTrain at Braid Street. Please bring a lunch, hot drink and transit fare. Difficulty Rating A5.

Contact Kelly by e-mail. Cell phone 778-979-0558 for last minute updates.

Saturday, December 2
Dipper Quest 2017

This half-day outing is our annual quest to find American Dippers in the Pitt Meadows/Maple Ridge area. We have been successful since 2006 finding our quarry. After locating a Dipper or two we will spend the balance of the morning birding the Pitt Meadows/Maple Ridge area in search of raptors, waterfowl, other winter migrants. Meet at 0900 in the McDonald’s parking lot on the SW corner of Lougheed Hwy & Harris Rd. in Pitt meadows for car pooling. Your leader will be Larry Cowan 604-307-0931