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Wild About Nature: Plant Lecture + Plant Walk + Dinner + Evening Hike (4/27/2019)

PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED: Once you've reviewed the event details, and decided you'd like to join us, you MUST sign up at the bottom of this page.For some events a payment may be required. Payment is not made directly to COC - please review event details fully for information about if and how you will be required to make payment.

You are STRONGLY encouraged to read this page in its entirety before signing up. If you'd like to attend, we ask that you abide by our rules and procedures as a time/cost saving process (with an end result of keeping membership free and lower cost events).

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Canmore
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Apr 27 2019  12:00 PM  (Carpool Departure: 11:00 AM   *log in for location*)
Registration Cut Off: Thu, Apr 5 2018 5:00:00 PM
Event Duration:All Afternoon + Evening (Late Return)
Difficulty Rating:D2: Easy to Moderate
Event Coordinator(s): Barbara B.
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Member Cost:$3.00/Person (See Detailed Cost Info Below)

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:6
Maximum No. Guests:0
Minimum Group Size:3
Maximum No. Guests Per Member:0
Number Registered So Far: 5 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No

Important - READ:
Wild About Nature is a day-long event consisting of a series of talks, guided hikes, and trade show booths. It is put on by the Interpretive Guides Association (IGA) at the Canmore Nordic Centre.

The COC has two events to to Wild About Nature on this day:
1) A call for volunteers to staff the Calgary Outdoor Club's booth. If you are interested in volunteering, please sign up for Julie and Lorrie's event here.
2) This event, which consists of attendance at two sessions (one of which has a cost associated with it as it is guided), followed by an easy evening hike. Everyone will remain on the wait list for this event until you have e-mailed me (barbara.b (at) confirming that you have followed the sign-up steps below). First to pay are first to be moved to the attendee list.

Our Schedule for the Day:
· 11:00am - Depart carpool
· 12:00pm - Arrive at Canmore Nordic Centre, browse the trade show booths
· 1:00 - 2:30pm - "The Cultural Knowledge of Plants" (lecture, free)
· 3:00 - 5:00pm - "Re-wild Yourself Plant Walk" (guided, $39.95)
· 5:30 - 6:30pm - Dinner in Canmore
· 7:00 - 9:00pm - Easy hike around Canmore
· 10:00pm - Return to Calgary

Sign-Up Instructions:
You must follow these sign-up instructions exactly in order to attend this event:
1) Register for the free "Presentation on the Cultural Knowledge of Plants" here. This lecture runs from 1:00-2:30pm at the Canmore Nordic Centre Meeting Room B. You will be asked to set up an account on the IGA website in order to register.
2) Register for the "Re-Wild Yourself Plant Walk" that runs from 3:00-5:00pm (do NOT sign up for the one from 10:00am-12:00pm) here. This is a guided hike let by Julie Walker, a local hiking guide and nature educator. Cost is $39.95 and this is payable directly to the IGA when you sign up. Payment is not handled by the COC.
3) Once you have received your registration confirmations for the above two, sign up at the bottom of this page and e-mail me (barbara.b (at) to be moved to the attendee list.

Event Description:
The plan is to make a day out of going to the Wild About Nature event in Canmore. We will carpool together from Calgary, and upon arriving at the Canmore Nordic Centre browse the trade show booths until it is time to attend our first session. I've wanted to learn more about edible plants in our area for some time, so the following events all support that.

Presentation on the Cultural Knowledge of Plants
"Harvesting wild plants for food and medicine is a growing activity. Typically associated with Indigenous knowledge, harvesting is met with mixed feelings within our Indigenous communities specifically around teaching how to harvest wild plants for medicines. Harvesting is a complex interplay of knowledge, experience, practice and understanding because it is more than reciting the common or scientific names or reading about the various uses of a plant. The cultural knowledge of plants is the bases of a hiking series that is being developed where people begin to learn some of the cultural knowledge behind aspects of harvesting wild plants from an Indigenous framework."

Re-wild Yourself Plant Walk
We will join "Julie Walker to discover the edible forest floor. Learn to safely identify 4 edible or medicinal plants of the Montane valley on this 2-hour walk. Discover the ancient relationship between animals, plants and early humans."

We will find a place to have a bite to eat in Canmore. Alternatively we can have a potluck dinner. Let me know your preferences in the Notes when signing up.

Easy Hike
I love hikes that go off the beaten path and being out in the evenings, so before heading back to Calgary, we will go on an easy (<6km, <200m elevation gain) hike. This will be on the easy to low-moderate end and pace will be relaxed. Just bring a sense of adventure.

Exact location to be chosen closer to the event date. Options include Grotto Canyon (where one can usually find glacier lilies), McGillivray Canyon, or the fallout shelter. If you know of any other more obscure areas you'd like to suggest, or if you have a request, let me know in the Notes field when you sign up.

1) COC event fee:
    · $3 COC for Regular Members (bring exact change, payable at carpool).
    · $0 for Premier Members / COC Coordinators
    · You can also purchase a Premier membership the day of the event (bring $25 cash).
2) Guided "Re-wild Yourself Plant Walk" ($39.95, payable directly to the IGA when registering).
3) Carpool Cost:
    Please bring exact change as drivers are not expected to carry change.
    Cost to be split evenly amongst all people in a vehicle:
    · 3 people in car = ~$17/person
    · 4 people in car = ~$13/person

Required Items to Bring:
· Hiking boots
· Bag for dirty boots
· Microspikes/icers or similar traction devices
· Layered clothing
· Toque & mitts
· Rain jacket
· Packed snacks
· Drinks
· Bear spray
· First Aid kit
· $3 COC event fee (or valid Premier membership) · $ for carpool
Recommended Items to Bring:
Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need.
· Hiking poles
· Gaiters
· Camera

How to Get There:
Event Directions:Will be provided at carpool.
Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):200Km
Carpool Departure Time: 11:00 AM
Carpool Location:   Log in for location
Carpool Directions:   Log in for directions
** Calgary Transit Info
Carpool Cost: Approximate vehicle expense for this event is $56.00 (calculated at total Km * $0.28, effective Tuesday, April 23, 2019). This is based on $0.15/Km for maintenance, plus current gas price divide by 9. Note that drivers with large vehicles have the option to adjust this cost based on their vehicles. Your carpool driver will confirm exactly how much money they require to cover costs. Please split the actual amount among all people in the vehicle and bring some change as drivers are not expected to carry change.


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- Details of this event are subject to undergo a change at any point in time, with or without warning.
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- Support the club by purchasing a Premier Membership: $25 a year

Cost & Payment:
Member Cost:$3.00/Person
Non-Member Cost:$3.00/Person
Cost Includes:$3 is the COC event fee for Regular Members. Alternatively you may wish to get a $25 Premier membership, which is valid for 12 months from date of purchase; you can get this from your coordinator at carpool. Please bring exact change.
Make a Payment:$3.00 Event Fee (if applicable) to be paid to your event coordinator. Activity fee, if applicable, (i.e. court fee, bowling fee, camping fee, etc.) to be paid as instructed by your event coordinator.

Cancellation/Partial Attendance:
Please review our Cancellation Policy carefully!

Waiting List

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