Fish Creek Provincial Park

Teacher-Guided Field Studies

All teachers bringing students on a teacher-guided field study must

For additional info on selecting activities or park sites, phone Fish Creek Environmental Learning Centre at 403-297-7827.

Suggestions for Areas to Visit

We recommend that teachers NOT conduct field studies in the Bow Valley Ranch and Shannon Terrace areas. These are usually very busy with groups booked in school programs.

Fish Creek Provincial Park Pathway Map

Unless the season is very dry, temporary marshes can be found at Votier's Flats Day Use Area, close to the lower washrooms.  These are suitable for a wetlands study.

Orienteering courses are located at Bow Valley Ranch Day Use Area and Shannon Terrace Day Use Area. Phone 403-297-7827 or 403-297-7927 for further info and resources. 

Suggestions for On-site Activities

Provincial parks are set aside for preservation, heritage appreciation, outdoor recreation and heritage tourism.  Lots of groups visit Fish Creek Provincial Park each year.  The cumulative effect of groups doing intrusive activities can have a negative impact on a park's ecosystems. Please select activities that show respect for the environment and a commitment to its care.

Our suggested activities fit both Alberta Education's science curricula and the mandate of Alberta's parks. The table below shows which curricula each activity

Activity   Grade Level
ECS 1 2 3 4 5 6
Sense: Smell Main Fit Main Fit Fits if Modified Fits if Modified Fits if Modified Fits if Modified Fits if Modified
Water Striders   Fits if Modified Main Fit Fits if Modified   Fits if Modified  
Beaver in Fall   Fits if Modified   Main Fit Fits if Modified Fits if Modified Fits if Modified
Ground Squirrels   Fits if Modified   Main Fit Fits if Modified    
Fungi   Fits if Modified     Main Fit Fits if Modified Fits if Modified
Weather & Climate Scavenger Hunt           Fits if Modified Main Fit
Interdependency Inventory   Fits if Modified Fits if Modified   Fits if Modified Fits if Modified Main Fit 

You may also want to consider the suggestions provided for youth group activities.

Planning

Seasonal Safety Concerns

Season Safety Concern
Autumn 
  • Wasps seek shelter from cool temperatures under fallen leaves. Reaching into piles of dead leaves may result in a painful sting.
  • Most wasp stings occur in the fall.  Wasps are lethargic then and less likely to use flight as a defense.
  • Anyone who is allergic to wasp or bee stings must have their kit with them at all times while in the park.
Winter
  • Trails may be extremely icy.
  • Use caution, especially when walking downhill.
Spring
  • Spring runoff may flood some trails.
  • Fish Creek may be flowing high and fast. Keep back from the banks which can be slippery or eroded.
Summer
  • Mosquito repellent will be necessary.
  • Everyone must have a hat, sunscreen and plenty of fluids to avoid heat exhaustion or heatstroke

 

Preparatory Discussions

Class Discussion About Protecting Natural Areas

Parks and protected areas are lands set aside to preserve the biodiversity of natural environments.  Alberta's parks system includes a spectrum of sites ranging from intensively developed recreation areas to pristine wilderness. 

Discuss how students should behave on the visit to show respect for the natural environment and a commitment to its care. All park rules reflect this need to respect, preserve and protect the environment.

Class Discussion About Field Study Safety

To help ensure everyone's safety during the park visit


Updated: Oct 18, 2018