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June 15th – June 20th, 2017

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Thursday, June 15

6:30 am to 9:00 am

15A Early Bird Chorus - Birds of the Montane
6:30 am to 9:00 am | with Kim Pearson | $45.00
Rise and shine and enjoy the most beautiful and melodic time of the day. Join Kim at this bright hour to decipher the chorus of bird songs. Bring binoculars, warm clothing and caffeine.
Activity Level: Moderate

7:00 am to 10:00 am

15B Photographing Wildflowers along the Bellevue Trail
7:00 am to 10:00 am | with Ian Wilson | $45.00
Join Ian Wilson, author and photographer of Wildflowers of Waterton Park, for this hands-on workshop. Learn to capture the fine details of wildflowers along the Bellevue Trail. Camera settings, use of depth of field to highlight your subject, the benefits of a tripod, use of lighting and composition and other close-up techniques will be discussed while photographing wildflowers. Discover how best to use the settings on your camera for the perfect image, and benefit from Ian's years of photographic experience. Bring a tripod
Activity Level: Moderate

7:30 am to 10:30 am

15C ABC’s of Wildflower Identification
7:30 am to 10:30 am | with Jacinthe Lavoie | $45.00
One flower, two flowers, red flowers, blue flowers. Do you want to know more? If so, join Jacinthe Lavoie, author of Wildflowers of Waterton Park to learn the art of wildflower identification during this hands-on flower walk. Build on your knowledge and review the basics of flower identification using blossom, stem, and leaf features. You will also learn the characteristics of different plant families, from Asters to Lilies, and discover which plants grow in different habitats. Bring a notebook, pencil & camera.
Activity Level: Moderate

8:00 am to 11:00 am

15D Extraordinary Flowers in Easy Places
8:00 am to 11:00 am | with Valorie Webber | $45.00
Get to know Waterton’s beautiful wildflowers by venturing only a few steps from your car. View many wonderful species in various areas and see what lies just off the roadside.
Activity Level: Easy

8:30 am to 11:30 am

15G Bears and Blossoms - a Walk with Charlie
8:30 am to 11:30 am | with Charlie Russell | $59.00
Discover the role bears play in the health of wildflower populations and hear stories and experiences of world renowned bear expert Charlie Russell as he shares his knowledge and viewpoint on bears and humans.
Activity Level: Moderate

9:00 am to 11:30 am

15J Wildflowers from Horseback
9:00 am to 11:30 am | with Jo-Anne Reynolds | $90.00
What could be more fun than riding a horse and flower watching at the same time? This program will start with some flower basics on the ground followed by a leisurely ride that will take you into different habitats to view dozens of different flower types. No riding experience is necessary.  Please register at Alpine Stables.
Activity Level: Moderate

9:30 am to 12:30 am

15L First Nations Traditional Dancing
9:30 am to 12:30 am | with Piikani First Nations | Free
Members of the Piikani First Nation will take you into their world of color and sound with demonstrations of their traditional dancing.
Activity Level: All

1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

15P Wild Edibles
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm | with Valorie Webber | $45.00
Come seek out the things you COULD eat if you had to under Valorie's knowledgeable guidance…and those you should NOT!
Activity Level: Moderate

1:15 pm to 4:15 pm

15Q Living Dangerously
1:15 pm to 4:15 pm | with Lyndon Penner | $45.00
When asked about the most dangerous things in the park, many people (incorrectly) assume that it must be bears or cougars. The truth is that there are far more dangerous plants in the park than there are animals. Join Lyndon for a fascinating session in which he will point out some of the most poisonous and deadly plants in the park; some of which are among the most poisonous in Canada! You'll be amazed at all the leafy green things growing in the woods that could easily kill you...
Activity Level: Moderate

1:30 pm to 4:30 pm

15R Beaver Bundle at the Maskinonge
1:30 pm to 4:30 pm | with Ryan Heavy Head | $45.00
Ksisskstaki is the Blackfoot word for beaver. Be sure to check out this talk with Ryan on the importance of the beaver to Waterton culturally and as an ecosystem manager.
Activity Level: Moderate

4:00pm to 6:00pm

15U Movie - The Artist's Garden (90min)
4:00pm to 6:00pm | Tickets sold at Opera House | $10.00 Adult $7.00 Children
Following the smash hit Painting the Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse from Season 3 comes a new film based on the hugely popular exhibition ‘The Artist’s Garden: American Impressionism and the Garden Movement, 1887–1920’ from the Florence Griswold Museum in Connecticut, widely considered a home of American Impressionism. Taking its lead from French artists like Renoir and Cezanne, the American impressionist movement followed its own path which over a thirty-year period reveals as much about America as a nation as it does about its art as a creative power-house. It’s a story closely tied to a love of gardens and a desire to preserve nature in a rapidly urbanizing nation. Travelling to studios, gardens and famous locations throughout the United States, UK and France, this mesmerizing film is a feast for the eyes.
Activity Level: All

7:30 pm to 9:30 pm

15V First Nations Story Telling
7:30 pm to 9:30 pm | with Piikani First Nations | Free
Listen to traditional stories told by members of the Piikani First Nations in a traditional tepee. Learn how important Waterton and the surround area is for the First Nations people. Please register as capacity is limited.
Activity Level: All

10:00 PM

15X Night Sky Photography
10:00 PM | with Alan Dyer | $45.00
Learn to shoot Waterton by night; capture unique images of moonlit landscape with stars in the sky above. Alberta astrophotographer Alan Dyer leads you on a photo trek to shoot in the twilight, under the moon and stars. Warning - this session may go to midnight; dress warmly.
Participants should bring a DSLR or high quality mirrorless camera with a fast f/2.8 wide angle lens, a sturdy tripod and remote cable release for triggering the shutter. Also, bring a red flashlight for use at night.
Activity Level: Easy

Friday, June 16

6:30 am to 9:00 am

16A Early Bird Chorus - Birds of the Waterway
6:30 am to 9:00 am | with Kim Pearson | $45.00
Rise and shine and enjoy the most beautiful and melodic time of the day. Join Kim at this bright hour to decipher the chorus of bird songs. Bring binoculars, warm clothing and caffeine.
Activity Level: Moderate

7:00 am to 10:00 am

16B Controlling Light for Wildflower Photography
7:00 am to 10:00 am | with Ian Wilson | $45.00
Join Ian Wilson, author and photographer of Wildflowers of Waterton Park during this hands-on workshop. Learn to control light for wildflower photography! Participants will have an opportunity to use reflectors, diffusers, LED lights, on-camera flash, and off-camera flash while photographing flowers. We will also review the benefits of a tripod, the use of depth of field to highlight your subject, composition and other close-up techniques.
Bring a tripod
Activity Level: Moderate

7:30 am to 10:30 am

16C Wild Edibles
7:30 am to 10:30 am | with Valorie Webber | $45.00
Come seek out the things you COULD eat if you had to under Valorie's knowledgeable guidance…and those you should NOT!
Activity Level: Moderate

8:00 am to 11:00 am

16D Invigorate Your senses
8:00 am to 11:00 am | with Lyndon Penner | $45.00
It is often remarked that Waterton is a visual feast, but have you ever thought about indulging your other senses here? Join Lyndon for a session that will cater to all the wondrous and varied sensations that the park has to offer. You'll certainly see a lot of flowers, but you will also be invited to listen closely to the wind in the trees, smell the blossoms, and touch and taste them. For those who are interested in a more tactile and intimate connection with the earth, this will be a terrific experience.
Activity Level: Moderate

8:15 am to 5:15 pm

16F Nature's Medicine Cabinet - From Plants to Salves
8:15 am to 5:15 pm | with Brenda Holder | $99.00
This workshop will take place both in the field and in the classroom and will focus on the Traditional Use of Plant Medicines and how they fit in our world today. You will learn plant identification and plant use, including edibles (teas, syrups) and medicines (salves, poultices, liniments); you will also learn the methods of creating these products and have the opportunity of making some to take home. We will discuss the ethics of harvesting and plant respect. All plant material will be gathered before the festival and provided for the participants. Lunch is not provided
Activity Level: Moderate

8:30 am to 11:30 am

16G Wildflowers along the Prince of Wales Trail
8:30 am to 11:30 am | with Jo-Anne Reynolds | $45.00
Discover the amazing variety of wildflowers that inhabit the different habitats surrounding this landmark; hear of the history and delight in the views.
Activity Level: Moderate

9:00 am to 4:00 pm

16H Botanical Art - Three Day Advanced Workshop
9:00 am to 4:00 pm | with Margaret Best | $299.00
Join renowned artist Margaret Best for a three day in-depth workshop on drawing and painting using graphite and watercolours or coloured pencils.
Activity Level: All

9:00 am to 11:30 am

16J First Nations Story Telling
9:00 am to 11:30 am | with Piikani First Nations | Free
Listen to traditional stories told by members of the Piikani First Nations in a traditional tepee. Learn how important Waterton and the surround area is for the First Nations people. Please register as capacity is limited.
Activity Level: All

12:45 pm to 3:45 pm

16M First Nations Cooking Class for Adults
12:45pm to 3:45pm | with Piikani First Nations | $45.00
Do you ever wonder what the First Nations ate? Learn from the Piikani First Nation to make Bannok and hear stories of traditional foods that are part of the First Nations diet. Learn the recipe and make the this wonderful treat at home.
Activity Level: All

1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

16P A Walk with the Authors
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm | with Ian Wilson & Jacinthe Lavoie | $55.00
Take a walk with authors and photographer of "Wildflowers of Waterton Park" and catch their contagious passion for the beauty of Waterton Park and their feelings about wild places in general. Participants will have an opportunity to glean more knowledge about flowers from Jacinthe and pick up tips about photographing the flowering gems they see along the way.
Activity Level: Moderate

1:30 pm to 4:30 pm

16R 100 Species Walk
1:30 pm to 4:30 pm | with Valorie Webber | $45.00
Waterton is wonderfully rich with a diversity of wildflower species. On this walk, come search for and identify 100 species from A-Z with Valorie.
Activity Level: Moderate

4:00pm to 6:00pm

16U Bear Man of Kamchatka
4:00pm to 6:00pm | with Charlie Russell | Adults: $20.00; Up to 18: $10:00  | At Opera House
Join Charlie Russell in 'Watching the Bear Man of Kamchatka'. A 2006 BBC documentary about Charlie's incredible work with Grizzly bears. See how he introduced wild grizzly bear cubs back into the wilderness. After this film you will look at bears differently. Following the movie you can ask Charlie Russell all of your desired questions.
Activity Level: All

7:30 pm to 9:30 pm

16V Flowers of Waterton & the Butterflies Who Love Them
7:30 pm to 9:30 pm | with Lyndon Penner | By Donation  |  At Falls Theatre
This is a story of love and survival in the Alberta Rockies, full of colourful characters, unlikely alliances, and heart-stopping drama in the high alpine meadows! Obviously we are talking about the wildflowers and the butterflies who care for them! Although often dismissed as being merely pretty things to look at, butterflies are much more than they seem. They provide a crucial link in the food chain with their caterpillars feeding many birds and other insects, and they themselves fulfilling an incredibly crucial role as pollinators. Many mountain plants are dependent upon them for survival, and they engage in interesting, complex, and sometimes puzzling behavior. Join Lyndon for an introduction to these small but critical citizens of the park and be amazed!
Activity Level: All

10:00 PM

16X Night Sky Photography
10:00 PM | with Alan Dyer | $45.00
Learn to shoot Waterton by night; capture unique images of moonlit landscapes with stars in the sky above. Alberta astrophotographer Alan Dyer leads you on a photo trek to shoot in the twilight, under the moon and stars. Warning - this session may go to midnight; dress warmly.
Participants should bring a DSLR or high quality mirrorless camera with a fast f/2.8 wide angle lens, a sturdy tripod and remote cable release for triggering the shutter. Also, bring a red flashlight for use at night.
Activity Level: Easy

Saturday, June 17

4:45 am to 7:45 am

17A Wildflowers at Sunrise
4:45 am to 7:45 am | with Lyndon Penner | $45.00
Have you ever experienced sunrise in Waterton? A sunrise hike with Lyndon might be just what you've been waiting for: Waterton's abundance of wildflowers are quite different at dawn than they are during the day. Many blossoms close for the night and open with the first rays of the sun. The dew is still on the grasses, the first songbirds are beginning to sing, it is a particularly peaceful and wonderful time of the day.
Activity Level: Moderate

7:30 am to 10:30 am

17C The Wild Lilies of Waterton
7:30 am to 10:30 am | with Jacinthe Lavoie | $45.00
From small to large and plain to showy, Waterton has a wonderful variety of lilies. Learn about the family Lilaceae, its identifying features, its change in family membership and other interesting facts. Inspect the many plants that are now, or have previously been, considered lilies. This includes the spectacular western red lily, false hellebore, the Queen's cup, smooth camas, and many more...
Moderate walking.
Activity Level: Moderate

8:00 am to 11:00 am

17D Capturing Wildflowers and Stunning Vistas - Photo Workshop
8:00 am to 11:00 am | with Ian Wilson | $45.00
Learn to improve your landscape photography and discover use of natural light, composition, leading lines and other techniques to create stunning photographs. Creative use of depth of field, filters and slow shutter speeds will also be discussed while taking landscape photographs. Bring a tripod if you have one. A tripod is useful.
Activity Level: Moderate

8:00 am to 3:00 pm

17E Along the Oil Basin Trail with Valorie
8:00 am to 3:00 pm | with Valorie Webber | $85.00
Come along up, way up the Oil Basin Trail, it is steep in places but the view is fantastic! See prairie, woodland and mountain meadow species. Bring lunch & extra water.
Activity Level: Challenging

8:30 am to 11:30 am

17G Bears and Blossoms - a Walk with Charlie
8:30 am to 11:30 am | with Charlie Russell | $59.00
Discover the role bears play in the health of wildflower populations and hear stories and experiences of world renowned bear expert Charlie Russell as he shares his knowledge and viewpoint on bears and humans.
Activity Level: Moderate

9:00 am to 11:30 am

17J Wildflowers from Horseback
9:00 am to 11:30 am | with Jo-Anne Reynolds | $90.00
What could be more fun than riding a horse and flower watching at the same time? This program will start with some flower basics on the ground followed by a leisurely ride that will take you into different habitats to view dozens of different flower types. No riding experience is necessary. Please register at Alpine Stables.
Activity Level: Moderate

9:15 am to 12:15 am

17K Blackfoot Ethnobotany Walk at Coppermine Creek
9:15 am to 12:15 am | with Ryan Heavy Head | $45.00
Ethnobotany is the study of a region's plants and their practical uses through the traditional knowledge of a local culture and people.' On this walk, join Ryan and gain insight into what local First Nations knew about the native plants of this area and how they made use of them.
Activity Level: Moderate

17M Movie - The Artist's Garden (90min)
12:00 am to 1:30 pm | Tickets sold at Opera House | $10.00 Adult $7.00 Children
Following the smash hit Painting the Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse from Season 3 comes a new film based on the hugely popular exhibition ‘The Artist’s Garden: American Impressionism and the Garden Movement, 1887–1920’ from the Florence Griswold Museum in Connecticut, widely considered a home of American Impressionism. Taking its lead from French artists like Renoir and Cezanne, the American impressionist movement followed its own path which over a thirty-year period reveals as much about America as a nation as it does about its art as a creative power-house. It’s a story closely tied to a love of gardens and a desire to preserve nature in a rapidly urbanizing nation. Traveling to studios, gardens and famous locations throughout the United States, UK and France, this mesmerizing film is a feast for the eyes.
Activity Level: All

1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

17P Bee or Butterfly House Building for Kids
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm | with Roger Riis | Free
Kids, join Roger and build a butterfly or bee house - you get to choose which. While building your house you will learn how to help these natural pollinators do their job. Remember - bee, butterfly and birds houses are not allowed to be used in the park. Adult supervision not necessary. Please register as capacity is limited.
Activity Level: Age range 8-14

1:30 pm to 4:30 pm

17R The Many Wildflowers of the Rose Family
1:30 pm to 4:30 pm | with Jo-Anne Reynolds | $45.00
A large and important family, you will enjoy identifying the various species that contribute to Waterton's wide diversity of plants. As we look for the different blooms, we’ll talk about the identifying  characteristics, the historic uses, the great importance as food crops and other interesting facts.
Activity Level: Moderate

3:00 pm to 5:00 pm

17T First Nations Cooking Class for Kids
3:00 pm to 5:00 pm | with Piikani First Nations | $25.00
For kids 7 -14; let the kids get their hands dirty and help make traditional Bannok, as they hear stories of traditional First Nations foods. They will also get a sweet treat!
Activity Level: Age 7-14

4:00 pm to 6:00 pm

17U The Beautiful Chemicals in Beautiful Flowers (90min)
4:00 pm to 6:00 pm | with Roy Golsteyn | Adults: $20.00; Up to 18: $10:00 | At Opera House
Join Roy Golsteyn, a cancer research scientist, who is investigating chemicals from native plants. Roy will share some of his experiences and experiments about chemicals that are present in native plants, including those that flourish in Waterton National Park. He will give you a healthy look at some the nasty chemicals found in beautiful wild flowers.
Activity Level: All

7:30 pm to 9:30 pm

17V Night Sky Presentation
7:30 pm to 9:30 pm | with Alan Dyer | By Donation  |  At Falls Theatre
Come enjoy a slide show and presentation by Alberta astrophotographer, Alan Dyer (www.amazingsky.net) - prepare to be amazed!
Activity Level: All

Sunday, June 18

7:00 am to 10:00 am

18B The Art of Photographing Wildflowers
7:00 am to 10:00 am | with Ian Wilson | $45.00
How does one photograph a wildflower? Learn about depth of field settings, composition, coping with variable light and that pesky breeze. Ian is interested in helping those new to capturing wildflower images, as well as those wishing to perfect their techniques. A tripod is useful.
Activity Level: Moderate

7:30 am to 10:30 am

18C Wildflowers 101
7:30 am to 10:30 am | with Jacinthe Lavoie | $45.00
From Agoseris to Yarrow this workshop will help you learn how to identify flowers using blossom, stem and leaf features. You will also learn about flower families and how to use guidebooks to identify flowers. Discover the diversity of plants you never noticed before.
Activity Level: Moderate

8:00 am to 11:00 am

18D Living Dangerously
8:00 am to 11:00 am | with Lyndon Penner | $45.00
When asked about the most dangerous things in the park, many people (incorrectly) assume that it must be bears or cougars. The truth is that there are far more dangerous plants in the park than there are animals. Join Lyndon for a fascinating session in which he will point out some of the most poisonous and deadly plants in the park; some of which are among the most poisonous in Canada! You'll be amazed at all the leafy green things growing in the woods that could easily kill you...
Activity Level: Moderate

8:30 am to 11:30 am

18G Extrordinary Flowers in Easy Places
8:30 am to 11:30 am | with Valorie Webber | $45.00
Get to know Waterton’s beautiful wildflowers by venturing only a few steps from your car. View many wonderful species in various areas and see what lies just off the roadside.
Activity Level: Easy

9:00 am to 11:30 am

18J Wildflowers from Horseback
9:00 am to 11:30 am | with Jo-Anne Reynolds | $90.00
What could be more fun than riding a horse and flower watching at the same time? This program will start with some flower basics on the ground followed by a leisurely ride that will take you into different habitats to view dozens of different flower types. No riding experience is necessary. Please register at Alpine Stables.
Activity Level: Moderate

9:15 am to 12:15 am

18K Wildflowers of the Redrock Parkway
9:15 am to 12:15 am | with Brenda Holder | $45.00
Waterton Lakes National Park is rich in plant species because the prairie runs right up against the mountains. Explore this landform phenomena, the diversity of wildflowers, their different habitats and the rock formations of the scenic Red Rock Parkway.
Activity Level: Moderate

9:30 am to 12:30 am

18L Bee or Butterfly House Building for Kids
9:30 am to 12:30 am | with Roger Riis | Free
Kids, join Roger and build a butterfly or bee house - you get to choose which. While building your house you will learn how to help these natural pollinators do their job. Remember - bee, butterfly and birds houses are not allowed to be used in the park. Adult supervision not necessary. Please register as capacity is limited.
Activity Level: Age range 8-14

9:30 am to 2:00 pm

18H Buffalo Runner Society Walk
9:30 am to 2:00 pm | Ken Williams and Wendy Ryan | Free
The Buffalo Runner Society Walk will provide a National Park experience to inspire environmental stewardship and create a deep insight and appreciation of our Canadian Heritage. The walk will start along the Red Rock Canyon road and travel on the grassland in front of Belveue Mountain along the Eskers and ending at the Buffalo Paddock and Indian Springs. Join Ken Williams and Wendy Ryan to learn more about the Buffalo Runners Society of the Blackfoot Nation along the route which will provide both a nature and cultural based experience.
Activity Level: Moderate

12:45 pm to 3:45 pm

18M Where the Prairie Meets the Mountains
12:45 pm to 3:45 pm | with Ron McNeil | $45.00
Join Ron and explore nature's biological and physical diversity near Bellevue Hill. Learn about the wide array of habitats, the vegetation types and soil parent materials that exist in this relatively small but unique area - where the prairie abruptly meets the mountains.
Activity Level: Moderate

1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

18N Solar Stargazing
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm | with Alan Dyer | By Donation
See our star up close through the Park’s powerful telescope, equipped with a special solar filter for safe views of the Sun and sunspots. Hosted by astronomer Alan Dyer Please register as capacity is limited.
Activity Level: All

1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

18P Wild Edibles
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm | with Valorie Webber | $45.00
Come seek out the things you COULD eat if you had to under Valorie's knowledgeable guidance…and those you should NOT!
Activity Level: Moderate

1:15 pm to 4:15 pm

18Q Connecting with the Natural World
1:15 pm to 4:15 pm | with Bill Hanlon | $45.00
The program will explore the physical, emotional and spiritual benefits of connecting with nature, including the health benefits of movement within the natural world, and will highlight the significance of Aboriginal history on Waterton’s magical landscape.
Activity Level: Easy

1:30 pm to 4:30 pm

18R Hawk's Nest
1:30 pm to 4:30 pm | with Charlie Russell | $55.00
Partake in tea and pie while feeling like you have gone back in time as you sit in the historic Hawk’s Nest Outfitter cabin. Listen to your host, Charlie Russell, while he shows pictures and tells stories of his life of finding and photographing wildflowers. Charlie has spent his life in Waterton and is the grandson of Bert Riggall, the original Waterton outfitter.
Activity Level: Easy

2:00 pm to 3:30 pm

18S The Beautiful Chemicals in Beautiful Flowers (90min)
2:00 pm to 3:00 pm | with Roy Golsteyn | $20.00  | At Opera House
Join Roy Golsteyn, a cancer research scientist, who is investigating chemicals from native plants. Roy will share some of his experiences and experiments about chemicals that are present in native plants, including those that flourish in Waterton National Park. He will give you a healthy look at some of the nasty chemicals found in beautiful wild flowers.
Activity Level: All

3:00 pm to 5:00 pm

18T Learn to Drum
3:00 pm to 5:00 pm | with Piikani First Nations | $15.00
Listen, can you hear it! The sound is beginning to build. Learn the beauty and wisdom of First Nations stories when combined with the music and the rhythm. Learn from the Piikani First Nations on what the drum symbolises and how you can learn to drum too. Please register as capacity is limited.
Activity Level: All

4:00 pm to 6:00 pm

18U Charles Waterton - The man who inspired Charles Darwin! (60min)
4:00pm to 6:00pm | with Carol Patterson | Adults: $20.00; Up to 18: $10:00  | At Opera House
Few people know about Charles Waterton for whom Waterton Lakes National Park is named, but he was one of the earliest conservationists. He created the first nature preserve, invented the artificial bird nest box, and wrote a book that contributed to Charles Darwin’s decision to switch from medicine to natural history. Considered eccentric by his peers he protected predators, a controversial decision for the era. Come to this session and learn more about Waterton, his conservation efforts, and whether his philosophies are still valid 150 years after his death.
Activity Level: All

7:30 pm to 9:30 pm

18V Annora Brown: Interpreter of the Foothills
7:30 pm to 9:30 pm | with Joyce Sasse | By Donation  |  At Falls Theatre
Come and enjoy a 40 min radio play on Annora Brown. Learn and gain insight on her and some of her colored images and 10 of her paintings. Sponsored by Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC).
Activity Level: All

Monday, June 19

7:00 am to 10:00 am

19B Capturing Wildflowers and Stunning Vistas - Photo Workshop
7:00 am to 10:00 am | with Ian Wilson | $45.00
Learn to improve your landscape photography and discover use of natural light, composition, leading lines and other techniques to create stunning photographs. Creative use of depth of field, filters and slow shutter speeds will also be discussed while taking landscape photographs. Bring a tripod if you have one. A tripod is useful.
Activity Level: Moderate

7:30 am to 10:30 am

19C Where the Prairie Meets the Mountains
7:30 am to 10:30 am | with Ron McNeil | $45.00
Join Ron and explore nature's biological and physical diversity near Bellevue Hill. Learn about the wide array of habitats, the vegetation types and soil parent materials that exist in this relatively small but unique area - where the prairie abruptly meets the mountains.
Activity Level: Moderate

8:00 am to 11:00 am

19D Extraordinary Flowers in Easy Places
8:00 am to 11:00 am | with Valorie Webber | $45.00
Get to know Waterton’s beautiful wildflowers by venturing only a few steps from your car. View many wonderful species in various areas and see what lies just off the roadside.
Activity Level: Easy

8:00 am to 3:00 pm

19E In Search of Wildflowers – A Hike Up Sofa Mountain
8:00 am to 3:00 pm | with Jo-Anne Reynolds | $85.00
Waterton Park contains several different ecozones, each with its own characteristic vegetation. On this hike, we will travel through the grassland and aspen parkland and into the montane zone, so we will see an amazing variety of wildflowers! Bring lunch and extra water.
Lunch not included
Activity Level: Challenging

8:15 am to 5:15 pm

19F Nature's Medicine Cabinet - From Plants to Salves
8:15 am to 5:15 pm | with Brenda Holder | $99.00
This workshop will take place both in the field and in the classroom and will focus on the Traditional Use of Plant Medicines and how they fit in our world today. You will learn plant identification and plant use, including edibles (teas, syrups) and medicines (salves, poultices, liniments); you will also learn the methods of creating these products and have the opportunity of making some to take home. We will discuss the ethics of harvesting and plant respect. All plant material will be gathered before the festival and provided for the participants. Lunch not included.
Activity Level: Moderate

8:30 am to 11:30 am

19G Bears and Blossoms - a Walk with Charlie
8:30 am to 11:30 am | with Charlie Russell | $59.00
Discover the role bears play in the health of wildflower populations and hear stories and experiences of world renowned bear expert Charlie Russell as he shares his knowledge and viewpoint on bears and humans.
Activity Level: Moderate

9:00 am to 4:00 pm

19H “Getting Wild With Acrylics” Two Day Workshop
9:00 am to 4:00 pm | with Brent Laycock | $199.00
In this workshop, participants will explore concepts of colour and design through the process of painting the colourful world of Waterton’s renowned wildflowers. Brent Laycock will explain and demonstrate the basic technical properties of acrylic paint, including the use of the various mediums and gels. Concepts such as transparency, opacity and viscosity will be clarified. Day One will focus on close-up images of wildflowers, and Day Two will be devoted to depicting wildflowers in the landscape. Painters at all levels of experience are welcome.
Activity Level: All

9:15 am to 12:15 am

19K The Geology of Waterton - What Makes Waterton Unique
9:15 am to 12:15 am | with James Goulet | $45.00
Waterton is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, in part due to its unique landscape, climate and watershed. James will explain some of the events over the past 2 billion years that have formed the Waterton of today.
Activity Level: Moderate

9:30 am to 12:30 am

19L Invigorate Your Senses
9:30 am to 12:30 am | with Lyndon Penner | $45.00
It is often remarked that Waterton is a visual feast, but have you ever thought about indulging your other senses here? Join Lyndon for a session that will cater to all the wondrous and varied sensations that the park has to offer. You'll certainly see a lot of flowers, but you will also be invited to listen closely to the wind in the trees, smell the blossoms, and touch and taste them. For those who are interested in a more tactile and intimate connection with the earth, this will be a terrific experience.
Activity Level: Moderate

1:00 pm to 5:00 pm

19N "Photo Finesse" a 2 day workshop
1:00 pm to 5:00 pm | with Kyle Marquardt | $99.00
Learn to take photographs with a little extra technical finesse. Let’s capture a waterfall and turn it into a misty vaporous stream of clouds. Let us find landscapes, wildlife and flowers in the town site and areas beyond to capture them in the most creative and unique ways we can imagine. This workshop will include an indoor presentation portion to help mentally prepare you for the more advanced techniques and compositions before we go out and practice them.This group workshop also puts us in a position to inspire each other as we all go to the same places, but come up with perspectives that others haven’t thought of. With that said, I encourage you to share your ideas and photos with each other. After two days of shooting we will gather up a few of your photos that you struggled with, returning to the classroom for a critique for further analysis and to find ways of improving them. This crucial feedback is in a constructive and supportive environment and is very important for the continued growth of a budding photographer. Bring a tripod and SLR. Optionally bring a laptop to help you go through your photos at the end of the day.
Activity Level: Moderate

1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

19P A Walk with the Authors
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm | with Ian Wilson & Jacinthe Lavoie | $55.00
Take a walk with authors and photographer of "Wildflowers of Waterton Park" and catch their contagious passion for the beauty of Waterton Park and their feelings about wild places in general. Participants will have an opportunity to glean more knowledge about flowers from Jacinthe and pick up tips about photographing the flowering gems they see along the way.
Activity Level: Moderate

1:15 pm to 4:15 pm

19Q Vistas and Landscape Stories of the Bertha Trail
1:15 pm to 4:15 pm | with Ron McNeil | $45.00
Join soil scientist Ron McNeil as he travels the Bertha Trail. Discover how the landscape, the soil and the flowers are all connected in a deep way.
Activity Level: Moderate

1:30 pm to 4:30 pm

19R 100 Species Walk
1:30 pm to 4:30 pm | with Valorie Webber | $45.00
Waterton is wonderfully rich with a diversity of wildflower species. On this walk, come search for and identify 100 species from A-Z with Valorie.
Activity Level: Moderate

2:00 pm to 5:00 pm

19T The Sights from Bear’s Hump
2:00 pm to 5:00 pm | with James Goulet | $45.00
Join James as he takes you up Bear’s Hump. Enjoy amazing views of the plains to the east and the Waterton valley to the south. James will explain the forces of nature that have brought about the rocks you are walking over and the landforms you see. Elevation gain: 225m/740 feet
Activity Level: Challenging

4:00 pm to 6:00 pm

19U Bear Man of Kamchatka
4:00pm to 6:00pm | with Charlie Russell | Adults: $20.00; Up to 18: $10:00 | At Opera House
Join Charlie Russell in Watching the Bear Man of Kamchatka. A 2006 BBC documentary about Charlie's incredible work with Grizzly bears. See how he introduced wild grizzly bear cubs back into the wilderness. After this film you will look at bears differently. Following the movie you can ask Charlie Russell all of your desired questions.
Activity Level: All

7:30 pm to 9:30 pm

19V Waterton Wild Presentation
7:30 pm to 9:30 pm | with Ian Wilson & Jacinthe Lavoie | By Donation | At Falls Theatre
Join Ian and Jacinthe for a multimedia presentation featuring their wonderful photographs of the wildflowers and wildlife found in Waterton’s landscape of sparkling lakes, impressive mountains, and wide-open vistas. Waterton Wild is an intimate portrait of the park, from the first crocus and colours of spring to the last pika and vibrant hues of late autumn.
Activity Level: All

Tuesday, June 20

7:00 am to 10:00 am

20B Photographing Wildflowers along the Bellevue Trail
7:00 am to 10:00 am | with Ian Wilson | $45.00
Join Ian Wilson, author and photographer of Wildflowers of Waterton Park during his hands-on workshop. Learn to capture the fine details of wildflowers along the Bellevue Trail. Camera settings, use of depth of field to highlight your subject, the benefits of a tripod, use of lighting and composition and other close-up techniques will be discussed while photographing wildflowers. Discover how best to use the settings on your camera for the perfect image, and benefit from Ian's years of photographic experience. Bring a tripod.
Activity Level: Moderate

7:30 am to 10:30 am

20C The Geology of Waterton - What Makes Waterton Unique
7:30 am to 10:30 am | with James Goulet | $45.00
Waterton is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, in part due to its unique landscape, climate and watershed. James will explain some of the events over the past 2 billion years that have formed the Waterton of today.
Activity Level: Moderate

8:00 am to 11:00 am

20D 100 Species Walk
8:00 am to 11:00 am | with Valorie Webber | $45.00
Waterton is wonderfully rich with a diversity of wildflower species. On this walk, come search for and identify 100 species from A-Z with Valorie.
Activity Level: Moderate

8:00 am to 3:00 pm

20E Métis Beadwork and Design Workshop
8:00 am to 3:00 pm | with Brenda Holder | $99.00
Learn about the history of the Flower Bead Work People, Métis Design and history and the significance of the 5 petals in this stunning artwork. You will have hands-on instructions on creating your own keepsake flower beadwork pouch; all supplies included. Lunch not included. Workshop is indoor.
Activity Level: Easy

8:30 am to 11:30 am

20G Wildflowers along the Prince of Wales Trail
8:30 am to 11:30 am | with Jo-Anne Reynolds | $45.00
Discover the amazing variety of wildflowers that inhabit the different habitats surrounding this landmark; hear of the history and delight in the views.
Activity Level: Moderate

9:00 am to 11:30 am

20J Learn to Drum
9:00 am to 11:30 am | with Piikani First Nations | $15.00
Listen, can you hear it! The sound is beginning to build. Learn the beauty and wisdom of First Nations stories when combined with the music and the rhythm. Learn from the Piikani First Nations on what the drum symbolises and how you can learn to drum too. Please register as capacity is limited.
Activity Level: All

9:15 am to 12:15 am

20K Wildflowers 101
9:15 am to 12:15 am | with Jacinthe Lavoie | $45.00
From Agoseris to Yarrow this workshop will help you learn how to identify flowers using blossom, stem and leaf features. You will also learn about flower families and how to use guidebooks to identify flowers. Discover the diversity of plants you never noticed before.
Activity Level: Moderate

12:00 pm to 1:30 pm

20M Movie - The Artist's Garden (90min)
12:00 pm to 1:30 pm | Tickets sold at Opera House | $10.00 Adults; $7.00 Children
Following the smash hit Painting the Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse from Season 3 comes a new film based on the hugely popular exhibition ‘The Artist’s Garden: American Impressionism and the Garden Movement, 1887–1920’ from the Florence Griswold Museum in Connecticut, widely considered a home of American Impressionism. Taking its lead from French artists like Renoir and Cezanne, the American impressionist movement followed its own path which over a thirty-year period reveals as much about America as a nation as it does about its art as a creative power-house. It’s a story closely tied to a love of gardens and a desire to preserve nature in a rapidly urbanizing nation. Traveling to studios, gardens and famous locations throughout the United States, UK and France, this mesmerizing film is a feast for the eyes.
Activity Level: All

3:00 pm to 5:00 pm

20T Hawk's Nest - A Memorial Walk for John Russell
3:00 pm to 5:00 pm | with Charlie Russell | By donation
Charlie will lead a walk from the Hawk's Nest up to the Butte west of the house.
Charlie says: "It is a hike that John and the rest of us who live here have done many hundreds of times because the Butte looks out over the ranch that has been in the family for 111 years. It is land that John had a great love for. He looked after it for most of his life, seeing that it was not grazed too heavily and that the fences are in good repair. He loved to do this and I will love to tell people about it and try to explain what made my wonderful brother tick. (Only problem is that I will not be able to get the names of all the parsnips and Solomon seals that the bears like to eat refreshed by him this year.)"
- All donations will go to the Castle Crown Wilderness Association in John's name.
Activity Level: Moderate

Meeting Place

Unless otherwise stated, meet your event leader at Waterton Community Centre - 201 Cameron Falls Dr, 20 minutes prior to the event start time (washrooms available).

Additional Costs or Requirements

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Contact

Waterton Festivals
1.877.780.1998
201 Cameron Falls Drive PO Box 144
Waterton Park T0K 2M0
CA

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