Teacher-Guided Field Studies
All teachers bringing students on a teacher-guided field study
- Complete the school group use form and fax it back to the
- Review our park rules and visit guidelines (inlcuded with the
form) with your group.
For additional info on selecting activities or park sites, phone
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.
Creek Provincial Park Pathway Map
- The east end of the park is primarily grasslands with
some riverine forest along the creek. This area extends from
Macleod Trail to the Bow River.
- The west end of the park is a mixture of poplar and white
spruce forests with some grasslands. This area
is between Macleod Trail and 37 Street S.W.
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
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
- Fits directly as presented
- Fits if modified
We also have several activity kits available for teachers to
use. Topics include: beaver, birds, compass, mammals, trees
and water critters.
You may also want to consider the suggestions provided for youth group
- Choose on-site activities that fit your lesson plans and
students' skills levels. Check the activity suggestions
- Gather activity equipment. Photocopy any worksheets the
- Arrange transportation. Provide drivers with route maps.
- The speed limit in the park is 30 km/hr.
- Nothing of value should be left in parked vehicles due to
- Check student forms looking for allergies to bee/wasp
- Collect parental permission forms.
- Conduct preparatory activities with the students. Each of
the on-site activity options above includes preparatory
- Arrange for and prepare adult volunteers. Have an in-service
after school for volunteers to
- Explain their role.
- Orient them to the activities and any specific health or
- Review park rules and appropriate dress for the day.
- If an in-service is not possible, prepare the above information
in written form. Provide it to parents several days prior to
the park visit. This gives them time to become familiar with
the information and to ask any questions.
- Arrange to have at least one cell phone with you during your
visit. Ensure the battery is fully charged.
- Conduct a class discussion (as suggested below) reviewing
- The role of provincial parks
- Park rules
- Clothing needs and behaviour expectations
- On the field trip day
- Phone the park office at 403-297-5293 for up-to-date
information including trail conditions and washroom
- Check that all students have lunches/snacks and proper
Seasonal Safety Concerns
- Wasps seek shelter from cool temperatures under fallen leaves.
Reaching into piles of dead leaves may result in a painful
- 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.
- Trails may be extremely icy.
- Use caution, especially when walking downhill.
- 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.
- Mosquito repellent will be necessary.
- Everyone must have a hat, sunscreen and plenty of fluids to
avoid heat exhaustion or heatstroke
Class Discussion About Protecting Natural
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
Class Discussion About Field Study
To help ensure everyone's safety during the park visit
- Stay with at least one other person. Fish Creek Provincial Park
is very large. It is easy for a child to become disoriented
- Elementary age students must always remain within sight of an
- Junior high school students must always be with at least one
- Walking is safer than running. There are many things in a
natural environment to trip over. If you fall when running, your
injuries are likely to be more severe.
- All park pathways are multiple use. Use caution to avoid
potential collisions with cyclists and other users coming from the
- Dress appropriately for an outing in a natural area. This may
include: sturdy, waterproof footwear; a water repellent jacket;
and a change of socks and pants.
- Also refer to the seasonal safety concerns outlined above.