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June 14th – June 19th, 2018

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Thursday, June 14

6:30 to 9:00

14A Early Bird Chorus - Birds of the Montane
6:30 to 9:00 (duration approx. 2:30 h)
with Kim Pearson | Fauna | $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 and learn how the fire has effected their montane habitat and how they are adapting. Bring binoculars, warm clothing and caffeine.
Activity Level: Moderate
Meeting place: Waterton Community Centre (WCC)
Location: Field | Shuttle: No

7:00 to 10:00

14B Photographing Wildflowers in the Landscape
7:00 to 10:00 (duration approx. 3:00 h)
with Ian Wilson| Photography | $45.00
Join Ian Wilson, author and photographer of Wildflowers of Waterton Park and Waterton Wild, during this hands-on workshop. Learn to improve your wildflower and landscape photography and discover use of natural light, composition, leading lines, and other techniques. Creative use of depth of field, filters, and slow shutter speeds will also be discussed while taking landscape photographs. Discover how to best use the settings on your camera for the perfect image, and benefit from Ian's years of photographic experience. Bring your digital camera, and tripod if you have one. And bring your eye for the beauty of nature!
Activity Level: Moderate
Meeting place: Waterton Community Centre (WCC)
Location: Classroom/Field | Shuttle: ?

7:30 to 10:30

14C Wild Edibles
7:30 to 10:30 (duration approx. 3:00 h)
with Valerie Webber| Flora | $50.00
Lost in the wilderness with no food? On this outing with Valerie you will seek out plants you COULD eat if you had to and learn to recognize those you should NOT!
Activity Level: Moderate
Meeting place: Waterton Community Centre (WCC)
Location: Field | Shuttle: Yes

8:00 to 11:00

14D Wildflowers 101
8:00 to 11:00 (duration approx. 3:00 h)
with Jacinthe Lavoie| Flora | $45.00
Join Jacinthe Lavoie, author of Wildflowers of Waterton Park and Waterton Wild, and learn about the flowers of Waterton Park during this flower identification walk. Learn how to identify flowers using flower, stem, and leaf features. Learn the different parts of flowering plants, and discover the diversity of plants in this remarkable area. You will also learn about flower families and how to use guidebook information to identify flowers. From Agoseris to Yarrow, this workshop will help you learn how to identify the flowers you see along the trail! What to bring: Notebook, pencil, and small camera.
Activity Level: Moderate
Meeting place: Waterton Community Centre (WCC)
Location: Field | Shuttle: No

9:15 to 12:15

14J The Healing Power of Fire
9:15 to 12:15 (duration approx. 3:00 h)
with Brenda Holder | First Nations | $50.00
Explore the traditional use of fire to heal the land; learn about the appearance of new plants and flowers that offer new foods and medicines. Hear the stories of the Fire Carriers. Please note that there will be a shuttle arranged for this session.
Activity Level: Moderate
Meeting place: Waterton Community Centre (WCC)
Location: Field | Shuttle: Yes

12:45 to 15:45

14L Gorgeous and Amazingly Diverse: The Rose Family
12:45 to 15:45 (duration approx. 3:00 h)
with Lyndon Penner | Flora | $45.00
The wild rose serves as an important symbol of Alberta, and indeed roses have been revered for centuries. There are several species of wild roses in the park, and they serve as important food for pollinators, birds, and even bears. Did you know that the rose family is very large? A great many plants that grow in the park belong here. This includes not just the roses themselves, but also chokecherries, ninebark, mountain ash, raspberries, potentilla, geum, strawberry, and hawthorn! Join Lyndon for an informative and beautiful hike to explore the many diverse faces of this important family.
Activity Level: Moderate
Meeting place: Waterton Community Centre (WCC)
Location: Field | Shuttle: No

13:00 to 17:00

14M Bellevue Prairie Trail Hike
13:00 to 17:00 (duration approx. 4:00 h)
with Valerie Webber | Flora | $55.00
Bellevue Prairie trail is a wonderful area to explore in early spring when most of the other trails in the park are still snow-bound. This prairie zone features an abundance of wildflowers all summer long, from Shooting Star, to Balsamroot, Brown-eyed Susan, and Bergamot waving in the breeze. As soon as you step onto the trail, you are surrounded by flowers as the trail wanders through open meadows and rolling hills in the shadow of Bellevue Hill. Note: this is a 4 hour workshop, with a 4-6 km walk over rugged terrain. Bring water, a snack, rainwear, and good hiking shoes. Please note that there will be a shuttle arranged for this session.
Activity Level: Moderate/Challenging
Meeting place: Waterton Community Centre (WCC)
Location: Field | Shuttle: Yes

16:00 to 18:00

14R Movie - Van Gogh: Amid Wheat Fields and Clouded Skies
16:00 to 18:00 (duration approx. 2:00 h)
with Opera House| Movie | Adult $10 Children $7
A new look at Van Gogh, through the legacy of the largest private collector of artworks by the Dutch painter: Helene Kršller-MŸller (1869-1939), who, in the early 20th Century, ended up buying nearly 300 of his works, paintings and drawings included. This is an exhibition that will not only tell us about Van GoghÕs art and his genius, but it will also allow us to understand the importance of drawing as part of his artistic technique. His seemingly instinctive, ‘au premier coup’ canvases were the result of long, preparatory studies, not sketches but complete works of art in themselves, where the broken flow of lines that characterizes the style of his paintings, can already be found. (90min)
Activity Level: All
Meeting place: Waterton Opera House
Location: Waterton Opera House | Shuttle: No

19:00 to 21:00

14S Beneath the Crags of Waterton
19:00 to 21:00 (duration approx. 2:00 h)
with Joyce Sasse, Anne McClelland, Tony Partridge| Presentation | $20.00
An evening with Annora Brown: Her stories and her paintings. Annora Brown, was a Canadian visual artist whose work encompassed painting and graphic design. She was best known for her depictions of natural landscapes, wildflowers, and First Nations communities in Canada.
Activity Level: All
Meeting place: Annora Brown Room (WCC)
Location: Indoor - Park Compound | Shuttle: No

Friday, June 15

6:30 to 9:00

15A Early Bird Chorus - Birds of the Plains
6:30 to 9:00 (duration approx. 2:30 h)
with Kim Pearson | Fauna | $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 and learn how the fire has effected their grassland habitat and how they are adapting. Bring binoculars, warm clothing and caffeine.
Activity Level: Moderate
Meeting place: Waterton Community Centre (WCC)
Location: Field | Shuttle: No

7:00 to 10:00

15B Controlling Light for Wildflower Photography
7:00 to 10:00 (duration approx. 3:00 h)
with Ian Wilson| Photography | $45.00
Join Ian Wilson, author and photographer of Wildflowers of Waterton Park and Waterton Wild, during this hands-on workshop. Learn to control light for wildflower photography with the use of reflectors, diffusers, LED lights, on-camera flash, and off-camera flash. Participants will have an opportunity to use different tools while photographing flowers. We will also review the use of depth of field to highlight your subject, the benefits of a tripod, composition and other close-up techniques. Discover how best to use light for perfect image, and benefit from Ian's years of photographic experience. Bring your digital camera, and tripod if you have one. And bring your eye for the beauty of wildflowers!
Activity Level: Moderate
Meeting place: Waterton Community Centre (WCC)
Location: Classroom/Field | Shuttle: ?

8:15 to 17:15

15F Nature's Medicine Cabinet - From Plants to Salves
8:15 to 17:15 (duration approx. 9:00 h)
with Brenda Holder| First Nations | $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.
Activity Level: Moderate
Meeting place: Waterton Community Centre (WCC)
Location: Classroom/Field | Shuttle: No

8:30 to 11:30

15G Introduction to Sketching Wildflowers
8:30 to 11:30 (duration approx. 3:00 h)
with Jacinthe Lavoie| Flora, Art | $45.00
Would you like to learn how to sketch the flower you see along the way? We will quick-sketch a few subjects to loosen up, then work on a more detailed drawing to learn new skills of observation and putting on paper what you see! Workshop fee includes materials that participants can keep (artist's pencil, art paper, eraser, etc.)
Activity Level: Easy
Meeting place: Waterton Community Centre (WCC)
Location: Classroom | Shuttle: No

9:15 to 12:15

15J Extraordinary Flowers in Easy Places
9:15 to 12:15 (duration approx. 3:00 h)
with Valerie Webber | Flora | $50.00
Get to know Waterton's beautiful wildflowers by venturing only a few steps from your shuttle View many wonderful species in various areas and see what lies just off the roadside. Please note that there will be a shuttle arranged for this session.
Activity Level: Easy
Meeting place: Waterton Community Centre (WCC)
Location: Field | Shuttle: Yes

11:30 to 14:00

Herky Cutler Music - Contemporary Hippie Folk Rock
with Herky Cutler | Music | Free
Herky Cutler is a fantastic one-man musician with excellent taste and musical variety. I truly enjoyed his take on many of the cover songs he played, as well as his very own original songs. A perfect tone to suit a variety of people in the audience, and a real gentleman.
Activity Level: All
Meeting place: Waterton Community Centre (WCC)
Location: WCC | Shuttle: No

13:00 to 17:00

15M A Walk with the Authors
13:00 to 17:00 (duration approx. 4:00 h)
with Ian Wilson & Jacinthe Lavoie| Flora | $55.00
Join authors and photographers of Wildflowers of Waterton Park and Waterton Wild and catch their contagious passion for the beauty of nature, and learn to see the details and wonder of the natural world. Participants will have an opportunity to glean more knowledge about flowers from Jacinthe and pick up tips about photographing nature from Ian. Note: this is a 4 hour workshop, with a 4-6 km walk over rugged terrain. Bring water, a snack, rainwear, and good hiking shoes.
Activity Level: Moderate/Challenging
Meeting place: Waterton Community Centre (WCC)
Location: Field | Shuttle: No

13:30 to 16:30

15O The Blue Camas
13:30 to 16:30 (duration approx. 3:00 h)
with Lyndon Penner | Flora | $50.00
The blue camas (Camassia quamash) is a gorgeous plant once placed in the same family as the lilies, but now recognized as a member of the hyacinth family. With blue to purple (or rarely white) flowers, it likes moist places and flowers in early summer- hopefully just in time for the Wildflower Festival! Revered by indigenous people for thousands of years as a food plant, it is now mostly cherished for the beauty of its blossoms. Beth and Andy Towe, long time Waterton residents, have graciously given us permission to traipse across their land where blue camas grow in abundance. Join us for a wonderful journey where history and botany collide. Please note that there will be a shuttle arranged for this session.
Activity Level: Morderate
Meeting place: Waterton Community Centre (WCC)
Location: Field | Shuttle: Yes

14:00 to 15:30

15P Water Rangers
14:00 to 15:30 (duration approx. 1:30 h)
with CPAWS| Kids | By Donation
Learn about the importance of water and watersheds. Play fun games to step into the shoes of wetland animals like frogs and whopping cranes. Discover how YOU and your family can become Water Rangers - protectors of our precious water!
Activity Level: All
Meeting place: Waterton Community Centre (WCC) Field
Location: Waterton Community Centre (WCC) Field | Shuttle: No

16:00 to 17:00

15R Bear Man of Kamchatka
16:00 to 17:00 (duration approx. 1:00 h)
Charlie Russell | Documentary | By Donation
Charlie Russell passed away unexpectedly on May 7. He was 'the bears best friend' and an important contributor of the Waterton Festivals. He was an advocate for a coexistence rather than fear. We are showing the famous 2006 BBC documentary 'The Bear Man of Kamchatka' 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.
Activity Level: All
Meeting place: Waterton Opera House
Location: Waterton Opera House | Shuttle: No

19:30 to 21:30

15T Night Sky Presentation
19:30 to 21:30 (duration approx. 2:00 h)
with Alan Dyer| Presentation, Sky | By Donation
Come enjoy a slide show and presentation by Alberta astrophotographer, Alan Dyer (www.amazingsky.net) - prepare to be amazed!
Activity Level: All
Meeting place: Falls Theatre
Location: Falls Theatre | Shuttle: No

22:00 to 0:00

15X Dark Sky Discovery
22:00 to 0:00 (duration approx. 2:00 h)
with Dark Sky Guides | Sky | $50.00
Join local Waterton residents and tour guides, the Dark Sky Guides, as they go out to discover the Dark Skies of Waterton Park. This low-intensity, introductory stargazing tour will focus on exploring the night sky, with personalized access to telescope and stargazing binoculars. Please note that there will be a shuttle arranged for this session, dress warmly.
Activity Level: Easy
Meeting place: Waterton Community Centre (WCC)
Location: Field | Shuttle: Yes

Saturday, June 16

8:00 to 9:15

16C Breathe Better, Live Better!
8:00 to 9:15 (duration approx. 1:15 h)
with Mary Ann Reeves | Health | $15.00
Breathe Completely, the Fresh Mountain Air! Would you like to achieve overall better health and vitality in your life? Come and learn about the science of breathing and how to return to your natural state of correct breathing. The "complete breath" can be practiced anytime, anywhere while sitting, standing, walking or lying down. With a few minutes of practice a day, you will experience increased vitality and peace of mind. Mary Ann will guide you through a series of simple exercises, to breath more fully and completely. Gentle stretching of all body parts, synchronized with the breath, will ready you for your wildflower adventures. Come in your hiking gear or as you are dressed for the day. We will be doing all the exercises and stretching either sitting or standing with a chair, outside on the Waterton Community Centre (WCC) grounds, weather permitting. If the weather is inclement, we will be inside! Suitable for all teens to twilight years!
Activity Level: All
Meeting place: Waterton Community Centre (WCC)
Location: Waterton Community Centre Field | Shuttle: No

8:00 to 11:00

16D The Art of Photographing Wildflowers
8:00 to 11:00 (duration approx. 3:00 h)
with Ian Wilson| Photography | $45.00
Join Ian Wilson, author and photographer of Wildflowers of Waterton Park and Waterton Wild, during this hands-on workshop. Learn to capture the fine details of wildflowers along the 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 your digital camera, and tripod if you have one. And bring your eye for the beauty of wildflowers!
Activity Level: Moderate
Meeting place: Waterton Community Centre (WCC)
Location: Classroom/Field | Shuttle: ?

8:00 to 15:00

16E 100 Species Walk - Sofa Basin
8:00 to 15:00 (duration approx. 7:00 h)
with Valerie Webber | Flora | $85.00
Waterton is wonderfully rich in its diversity of wildflower species.On this hike with Valerie, come search for and identify 100 species from A-Z along the Sofa Mountain trail. Please note that there will be a shuttle arranged for this session.
Activity Level: Moderate/Challenging
Meeting place: Waterton Community Centre (WCC)
Location: Field | Shuttle: Yes

9:00 to 10:30

16H Discover Parks
9:00 to 10:30 (duration approx. 1:30 h)
with CPAWS| Kids | By Donation
Explore the ecosystems and biodiversity of Alberta's wild spaces. Discover the wonders of Alberta parks! Learn about park ecosystems through stories, bio-facts and games. Discuss how to be good stewards to parks like Waterton National Park.
Activity Level: All
Meeting place: Waterton Community Centre Field
Location: Waterton Community Centre Field | Shuttle: No

9:15 to 10:45

16J What's in a name?
9:15 to 10:45 (duration approx. 1:30 h)
with Lyndon Penner | Flora, Presentation | $20.00
For centuries, gardeners and scientists and naturalists have sought to collect, identify, and name new species for science. The Latin system of botanical nomenclature has served very well, but what happens now when plants start being divided and re-named? How is one supposed to keep up with this sudden flood of name changes to well known plants and who are the people that are making these decisions? Why are plants formerly placed in one family now suddenly in another? Join Lyndon for a fascinating investigation of the who and why behind NEW scientific names, why plants are being reclassified and moved around, and whether or not this is a good idea or a bad idea!
Activity Level: All
Meeting place: Waterton Community Centre (WCC)
Location: Classroom | Shuttle: No

12:00 to 13:00

16K Birdhouse Building for Kids
12:00 to 13:00 (duration approx. 1:00 h)
with Roger Riis| Kids | $10.00
Kids, join Roger and build your own Birdhouse in this one hour session. Remember - bee, butterfly and birds houses help to give a home to bees, butterflies and birds in urban areas where natural space is scarce, but they are not allowed to be used in the park.
Activity Level: Kids 10 -14
Meeting place: Waterton Community Centre (WCC)
Location: Classroom | Shuttle: No

12:45 to 15:45

16L Solar Stargazing
12:45 to 15:45 (duration approx. 3:00 h)
with Alan Dyer| Sky | Free
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.
Activity Level: All
Meeting place: Field on Main street beside WNHA
Location: Field on Main street beside WNHA | Shuttle: No

13:00 to 17:00

16M Photographic Technique Workshop - 2 Day
13:00 to 17:00 (duration approx. 4:00 h)
with Joe Desjardins| Photography | $99.00
Come and enjoy a fun filled afternoon of learning, sharing and collaboration with Joe Desjardins, a nationally accredited and award-winning photographer. Throughout this two day sessions, Joe will explain various techniques and guide participants in the field using those specific techniques. We will start with a short classroom presentation on macro/flower photography and the rest of the time will be spent in the field. Joe will have a Facebook group for all to share their images.
Activity Level: Moderate
Meeting place: Waterton Community Centre (WCC)
Location: Classroom/Field | Shuttle: No

13:15 to 16:15

16N See, Name and Draw
13:15 to 16:15 (duration approx. 3:00 h)
with Julie Strong | Art | $45.00
The flowers in June are at their peak of loveliness and it would be enjoyable to find and draw/paint as many of them as we can. Come and enjoy the day and find as many different varieties of flowers, study them, draw them or paint them and THEN identify them. We may stay close to our vehicles and we may go on short walks so being portable will be the most important thing. No experience necessary.
Activity Level: Easy
Meeting place: Waterton Community Centre (WCC)
Location: Field | Shuttle: No

13:30 to 16:30

16O Curious about Nature: Observing and Journaling Nature
13:30 to 16:30 (duration approx. 3:00 h)
with Jacinthe Lavioe | Art, Flora | $45.00
Experience the joy of observing and journaling the natural world around us on this walk with Jacinthe Lavoie, author of Wildflowers of Waterton Park and Waterton Wild. Learn to see the amazing details and wonders of the natural world, as you sharpen your observation skills and record what you see with field notes, sketches, and photographs. What to bring: Notebook, pencil, and small camera.
Activity Level: Moderate
Meeting place: Waterton Community Centre (WCC)
Location: Field | Shuttle: No

14:00 to 15:30

16P Grizzly Bears Forever
14:00 to 15:30 (duration approx. 1:30 h)
with CPAWS| Kids | By Donation
Waterton Lakes National Park is home to the majestic grizzly bear. Explore the habitat of Alberta's threatened grizzly bear. Learn about current research and human impacts on these incredible animals through stories, bio-facts and activities. Step into the shoes of a grizzly through our fun signature games!
Activity Level: All
Meeting place: Waterton Community Centre (WCC)
Location: Waterton Community Centre Field | Shuttle: No

15:00 to 17:00

16Q The Beautiful Chemicals in Beautiful Flowers
15:00 to 17:00 (duration approx. 2:00 h)
with Roy Golsteyn | Presentation, Flora | Adults $15, Students $7.50
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 Lakes National Park. He will give you a healthy look at some of the chemicals found in beautiful wild flowers.
Activity Level: All
Meeting place: Waterton Opera House
Location: Waterton Opera House | Shuttle: No

19:00

16S Live Performance - Vivaldi's "The Four Seasons"
with The Rocky Mountain Symphony Orchestra | Live performace | $25.00
Carlos Foggin, conductor. This performance of Vivaldi's exquisitely beautiful concerto will be a spectacular Baroque symphony performance by The Rocky Mountain Symphony Orchestra. Vivaldi's Four Seasons is a set of 4 Virtuosic Violin Concertos, each depicting the beauty and fury of each of the 4 seasons. It's often said if you don't like the weather in Alberta, wait 5 minutes: These concertos are just like that - full of change! This orchestra is a collection of some of Calgary's finest classical musicians- an experience you won't want to miss.
Activity Level: All
Meeting place: Waterton Opera House
Location: Waterton Opera House | Shuttle: No

19:30 to 21:30

16T Wind and Flames over the Grasslands
19:30 to 21:30 (duration approx. 2:00 h)
with Barry Adams| Presentation | By Donation
On December 14, 1997 a wildfire burned the southern Porcupine Hills and covered 220 Km2 southwest of Granum Alberta. Join Barry in this fascinating presentation on how the fire started, fire recovery, monitoring the results and lessons that have been learned.
Activity Level: All
Meeting place: Falls Theatre
Location: Falls Theatre | Shuttle: No

21:00 to 0:00

16U Night Sky Photography
21:00 to 0:00 (duration approx. 3:00 h)
with Alan Dyer| Sky | $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.
Activity Level: Easy
Meeting place: Waterton Community Centre (WCC)
Location: Field | Shuttle: No

Sunday, June 17

7:00 to 10:00

17B Photographing Blossoms, Butterflies, and Birds
7:00 to 10:00 (duration approx. 3:00 h)
with Ian Wilson| Photography | $45.00
Join Ian Wilson, author and photographer of Wildflowers of Waterton Park and Waterton Wild, during this hands-on workshop. Learn to photograph the natural world around us, with tips and tricks for flower photography, butterfly photography, and bird photography. We will also discuss use of lighting, composition, depth of field, and other camera techniques while photographing nature. Discover how best to use the settings on your camera for the perfect image, and benefit from Ian's years of photographic experience. Bring your digital camera, and tripod if you have one. And bring your eye for the beauty of nature!
Activity Level: Moderate
Meeting place: Waterton Community Centre (WCC)
Location: Classroom/Field | Shuttle: ?

7:30 to 10:30

17C Wild Edibles
7:30 to 10:30 (duration approx. 3:00 h)
with Valerie Webber| Flora | $50.00
Lost in the wilderness with no food? On this outing with Valerie you will seek out plants you COULD eat if you had to and learn to recognize those you should NOT!
Activity Level: Moderate
Meeting place: Waterton Community Centre (WCC)
Location: Field | Shuttle: Yes

8:00 to 11:00

17D Vast Diversity at the Front
8:00 to 11:00 (duration approx. 3:00 h)
with Ron McNeil| Flora, Fauna | $45.00
The 'Waterton Front' refers to the area where the prairie meets the mountains. It is an area of majestic views, of rich diversity of habitat, of flora and fauna, and of geological materials. Join soil scientist Ron McNeil and explore nature's biological and physical diversity near Bellevue Hill. You will learn about wildlife use; about the resilience to stress, such as fire, by some plants; and about park management and plant community restoration in the zone where the prairie abruptly meets the mountains.
Activity Level: Moderate
Meeting place: Waterton Community Centre (WCC)
Location: Field | Shuttle: No

8:15 to 17:15

17F Finding the Phoenix in the Waterton Fire
8:15 to 17:15 (duration approx. 9:00 h)
with Brenda Holder & Robert Rogers| Flora | $105.00
We will start with a walk to see the plants that have emerged from the fire and learn about their amazing uses. Then come into the classroom in the afternoon and learn how to make wonderful burn remedies, from salves to gels to burn poultices. Gain insights on how the ecosystem can thrive with fire and give us something back of amazing beauty and use. Please note that all plant material will be gathered before the festival and provided for participants.
Activity Level: Moderate
Meeting place: Waterton Community Centre (WCC)
Location: Classroom/Field | Shuttle: No
Sponsored by Nature Conservancy Canada

8:30 to 11:30

17G The Blue Camas
8:30 to 11:30 (duration approx. 3:00 h)
with Lyndon Penner | Flora | $50.00
The blue camas (Camassia quamash) is a gorgeous plant once placed in the same family as the lilies, but now recognized as a member of the hyacinth family. With blue to purple (or rarely white) flowers, it likes moist places and flowers in early summer- hopefully just in time for the Wildflower Festival! Revered by indigenous people for thousands of years as a food plant, it is now mostly cherished for the beauty of its blossoms. Beth and Andy Towe, long time Waterton residents, have graciously given us permission to traipse across their land where blue camas grow in abundance. Join us for a wonderful journey where history and botany collide. Please note that there will be a shuttle arranged for this session.
Activity Level: Morderate
Meeting place: Waterton Community Centre (WCC)
Location: Field | Shuttle: Yes

9:00 to 10:30

17H Trees and Forest
9:00 to 10:30 (duration approx. 1:30 h)
with CPAWS| Kids | By Donation
Discover the exciting world of Alberta forests and why they need your help. Explore local tree species and investigate the struggles and successes they face in our local environments, including wildfires. Become a tree or a part of the forest ecosystem in our games that are fun for the whole family.
Activity Level: All
Meeting place: Waterton Community Centre (WCC)
Location: Waterton Community Centre Field | Shuttle: No

12:45 to 15:45

17K Vast Diversity at the Front
12:45 to 15:45 (duration approx. 3:00 h)
with Ron McNeil| Flora, Fauna | $45.00
The 'Waterton Front' refers to the area where the prairie meets the mountains. It is an area of majestic views, of rich diversity of habitat, of flora and fauna, and of geological materials. Join soil scientist Ron McNeil and explore nature's biological and physical diversity near Bellevue Hill. You will learn about wildlife use; about the resilience to stress, such as fire, by some plants; and about park management and plant community restoration in the zone where the prairie abruptly meets the mountains.
Activity Level: Moderate
Meeting place: Waterton Community Centre (WCC)
Location: Field | Shuttle: No

17L Wildflowers 101
12:45 to 15:45 (duration approx. 3:00 h)
with Jacinthe Lavoie| Flora | $45.00
Join Jacinthe Lavoie, author of Wildflowers of Waterton Park and Waterton Wild, and learn about the flowers of Waterton Park during this flower identification walk. Learn how to identify flowers using flower, stem, and leaf features. Learn the different parts of flowering plants, and discover the diversity of plants in this remarkable area. You will also learn about flower families and how to use guidebook information to identify flowers. From Agoseris to Yarrow, this workshop will help you learn how to identify the flowers you see along the trail! What to bring: Notebook, pencil, and small camera.
Activity Level: Moderate
Meeting place: Waterton Community Centre (WCC)
Location: Field | Shuttle: No

13:00 to 17:00

17M Bellevue Prairie Trail Hike
13:00 to 17:00 (duration approx. 4:00 h)
with Valerie Webber | Flora | $55.00
Bellevue Prairie trail is a wonderful area to explore in early spring when most of the other trails in the park are still snow-bound. This prairie zone features an abundance of wildflowers all summer long, from Shooting Star, to Balsamroot, Brown-eyed Susan, and Bergamot waving in the breeze. As soon as you step onto the trail, you are surrounded by flowers as the trail wanders through open meadows and rolling hills in the shadow of Bellevue Hill. Note: this is a 4 hour workshop, with a 4-6 km walk over rugged terrain. Bring water, a snack, rainwear, and good hiking shoes. Please note that there will be a shuttle arranged for this session.
Activity Level: Moderate/Challenging
Meeting place: Waterton Community Centre (WCC)
Location: Field | Shuttle: Yes

13:30 to 15:30

17O Remembering Charlie Russell
13:30 to 15:30 (duration approx. 2:00 h)
with TBA | | Free
We have lost a gentle leader in Charlie Russell this year. This celebrated and beloved rancher, photographer, author, naturalist and ultra-light pilot passed away in May. Friends and companions will share their memories with you.
Activity Level: All
Meeting place: Waterton Opera House
Location: Waterton Opera House | Shuttle: No

15:00 to 17:00

17Q Photo Analysis
15:00 to 17:00 (duration approx. 2:00 h)
with Ian Wilson| Photography | $30.00
Nature photographer Ian Wilson invites each participant to bring your photographs for a friendly photo critique. Learn about different techniques to improve your images, from composition, to lighting and exposure, depth of field, etc. Share, review, and learn how to take photographs more creatively ... and learn from others' photos too! All participants are encouraged to voice some constructive ideas to help advance your vision. This is a chance to get feedback and see through others' eyes. Prior to the session you will receive a link to upload your photos (4 photos maximum.)
Activity Level: All
Meeting place: Waterton Community Centre (WCC)
Location: Classroom | Shuttle: No

16:00 to 18:00

17R Movie - Van Gogh: Amid Wheat Fields and Clouded Skies
16:00 to 18:00 (duration approx. 2:00 h)
with Opera House| Movie | Adult $10 Children $7
A new look at Van Gogh, through the legacy of the largest private collector of artworks by the Dutch painter: Helene Kršller-MŸller (1869-1939), who, in the early 20th Century, ended up buying nearly 300 of his works, paintings and drawings included. This is an exhibition that will not only tell us about Van Gogh's art and his genius, but it will also allow us to understand the importance of drawing as part of his artistic technique. His seemingly instinctive, ‘au premier coup’ canvases were the result of long, preparatory studies, not sketches but complete works of art in themselves, where the broken flow of lines that characterizes the style of his paintings, can already be found. (90min)
Activity Level: All
Meeting place: Waterton Opera House
Location: Waterton Opera House | Shuttle: No

19:00 to 21:00

17S Beneath the Crags of Waterton
19:00 to 21:00 (duration approx. 2:00 h)
with Joyce Sasse, Anne McClelland, Tony Partridge| Presentation | $20.00
An evening with Annora Brown: Her stories and her paintings. Annora Brown, was a Canadian visual artist whose work encompassed painting and graphic design. She was best known for her depictions of natural landscapes, wildflowers, and First Nations communities in Canada.
Activity Level: All
Meeting place: Annora Brown Board Room (WCC)
Location: Indoor - Park Compound | Shuttle: No

19:30 to 21:30

17T Wild Fire - A Sliver Lining in the Cloud of Smoke
19:30 to 21:30 (duration approx. 2:00 h)
with Lyndon Penner | Presentation | By Donation
What exactly is a "fire based ecosystem"? Many people know that fire serves as a natural means of control for pests and diseases, but did you know that there are many places in the world where fire is the most important and the most critical factor determining what species live and what species don't? California, Australia, and parts of Africa are all considered "fire based ecosystems". Some plants require smoke in order for their seeds to germinate. Some plants need fire to clear out the competition so they can colonize. In other places, fire is necessary in order to keep grasslands from turning into forests. Join Lyndon for an enlightening and entertaining examination of what sort of intentions fire actually has, and what fire is thinking about when no one is watching.
Activity Level: All
Meeting place: Falls Theatre
Location: Falls Theatre | Shuttle: No
Sponsored by Nature Conservancy Canada

21:00 to 0:00

17U Night Sky Photography
21:00 to 0:00 (duration approx. 3:00 h)
with Alan Dyer| Sky | $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.
Activity Level: Easy
Meeting place: Waterton Community Centre (WCC)
Location: Field | Shuttle: No

Monday, June 18

8:00 to 9:15

18C Breathe Better, Live Better!
8:00 to 9:15 (duration approx. 1:15 h)
with Mary Ann Reeves| Health | $15.00
Breathe Completely, the Fresh Mountain Air! Would you like to achieve overall better health and vitality in your life? Come and learn about the science of breathing and how to return to your natural state of correct breathing. The "complete breath" can be practiced anytime, anywhere while sitting, standing, walking or lying down. With a few minutes of practice a day, you will experience increased vitality and peace of mind. Mary Ann will guide you through a series of simple exercises, to breath more fully and completely. Gentle stretching of all body parts, synchronized with the breath, will ready you for your wildflower adventures. Come in your hiking gear or as you are dressed for the day. We will be doing all the exercises and stretching either sitting or standing with a chair, outside on the Waterton Community Centre grounds, weather permitting. If the weather is inclement, we will be inside! Suitable for all teens to twilight years!
Activity Level: All
Meeting place: Waterton Community Centre (WCC)
Location: Classroom | Shuttle: No

8:00 to 11:00

18D Gorgeous and amazingly diverse: The Rose Family
8:00 to 11:00 (duration approx. 3:00 h)
with Lyndon Penner | Flora | $45.00
The wild rose serves as an important symbol of Alberta, and indeed roses have been revered for centuries. There are several species of wild roses in the park, and they serve as important food for pollinators, birds, and even bears. Did you know that the rose family is very large? A great many plants that grow in the park belong here. This includes not just the roses themselves, but also chokecherries, ninebark, mountain ash, raspberries, potentilla, geum, strawberry, and hawthorn! Join Lyndon for an informative and beautiful hike to explore the many diverse faces of this important family.
Activity Level: Moderate
Meeting place: Waterton Community Centre (WCC)
Location: Field | Shuttle: No

8:00 to 15:00

18E 100 Species Walk - Sofa Basin
8:00 to 15:00 (duration approx. 7:00 h)
with Valerie Webber | Flora | $85.00
Waterton is wonderfully rich in its diversity of wildflower species.On this hike with Valerie, come search for and identify 100 species from A-Z along the Sofa Mountain trail. Please note that there will be a shuttle arranged for this session.
Activity Level: Moderate/Challenging
Meeting place: Waterton Community Centre (WCC)
Location: Field | Shuttle: Yes

8:30 to 11:30

18G See, Name and Draw
8:30 to 11:30 (duration approx. 3:00 h)
with Julie Strong | Art | $45.00
The flowers in June are at their peak of loveliness and it would be enjoyable to find and draw/paint as many of them as we can. Come and enjoy the day and find as many different varieties of flowers, study them, draw them or paint them and THEN identify them. We may stay close to our vehicles and we may go on short walks so being portable will be the most important thing. No experience necessary.
Activity Level: Easy
Meeting place: Waterton Community Centre (WCC)
Location: Field | Shuttle: No

8:30 to 12:00

18H Walking in Charlie's foot steps
8:30 to 12:00 (duration approx. 3:30 h)
with Kevin Van Tighem, Lyndon Penner, Reno Sommerhalder, Melodey Wood, Gordon Russell | Hike | Free
Not only for many of Charlie Russell's friends, his unexpected passing on May 7th is a great loss. You will meet some of his closest friends on the Russell Ranch and visit some of Charlie's favourite places. The round trip leads to the top of Black Bear Butte, passing Horseshoe Lake, where we may see Trumpeter Swans and from the Butte have a good view what the fire did to the east slope of Lakeview Ridge and the return of greenery on parts of it. The round trip is 5 kilometres with an elevation gain of several hundred feet.
Activity Level: Moderate/Challenging
Meeting place: Waterton Community Centre (WCC)
Location: Field | Shuttle: No

9:15 to 12:15

18J The Healing Power of Fire
9:15 to 12:15 (duration approx. 3:00 h)
with Brenda Holder | First Nations | $50.00
Explore the traditional use of fire to heal the land; learn about the appearance of new plants and flowers that offer new foods and medicines. Hear the stories of the Fire Carriers. Please note that there will be a shuttle arranged for this session.
Activity Level: Moderate
Meeting place: Waterton Community Centre (WCC)
Location: Field | Shuttle: Yes

12:00 to 13:30

18K Movie - Painting The Modern Garden - From Monet to Matisse
12:00 to 13:30 (duration approx. 1:30 h)
with Opera House| Movie | Adult $10 Children $7
Monet was an avid horticulturist and arguably the most important painter of gardens in the history of art but he was not alone. Artists like Van Gogh, Bonnard, Pissarro and Matisse all saw the garden as a powerful subject for their art. These great artists, along with many other famous names, feature in an innovative exhibition from The Cleveland Museum of Art and The Royal Academy, London. From the exhibition walls to the beauty of artist gardens like Monet's Giverny, we take a magical journey to discover how artists used the modern garden to explore radical and wonderful new ideas. (90min)
Activity Level: All
Meeting place: Waterton Opera House
Location: Waterton Opera House | Shuttle: No

12:45 to 15:45

18L Nature photography from macro to telephoto
12:45 to 15:45 (duration approx. 3:00 h)
with Ian Wilson| Photography | $35.00
Join Ian Wilson, author and photographer of Wildflowers of Waterton Park and Waterton Wild, for this indoor workshop. This workshop will feature images of wildflowers and wild creatures taken in Waterton Park, from macro to telephoto. Ian will discuss lighting, depth of field, composition, and the elements of achiveing photographs that show the details of wildflowers, and bring the animals character to life for the viewer. Ian will also teach different approaches to flower photography, and how to approach wild creatures from birds, to butterflies and bears. Ian will also demonstrate equipment, including extension tube, tripods and flash if you have one.
Activity Level: All
Meeting place: Waterton Community Centre (WCC)
Location: Classroom | Shuttle: No

13:15 to 16:15

18N Indigenous Medicinal Plants: Healing our Physical, Mental, Emotional and Spiritual Wounds
13:15 to 16:15 (duration approx. 3:00 h)
with Robert Rogers | $45.00
This workshop will look at plants from the perspective of their traditional indigenous benefit, as well as modern, scientific validation. It will include diverse concepts, such as herbal medicine, homeopathy, flower essences, essential oils, personality traits, and spiritual properties.
Activity Level: Moderate
Meeting place: Waterton Community Centre (WCC)
Location: Field | Shuttle: No

13:30 to 16:30

18O Curious about Nature: Observing and Journaling Nature
13:30 to 16:30 (duration approx. 3:00 h)
with Jacinthe Lavioe | Art, Flora | $45.00
Experience the joy of observing and journaling the natural world around us on this walk with Jacinthe Lavoie, author of Wildflowers of Waterton Park and Waterton Wild. Learn to see the amazing details and wonders of the natural world, as you sharpen your observation skills and record what you see with field notes, sketches, and photographs. What to bring: Notebook, pencil, and small camera.
Activity Level: Moderate
Meeting place: Waterton Community Centre (WCC)
Location: Field | Shuttle: No

14:00 to 15:00

18P The Renewal after the Kneow Fire
14:00 to 15:00 (duration approx. 1:00 h)
with Kim Pearson - Parks Canada | Presentation | Free
Parks Canada Ecologist Kim Pearson will provide an overview of ecological effects of the Kenow Wildfire. Impacts of the fire on grasslands, forests, waterways and wildlife will be be reviewed and perspectives on how nature is anticipated to renew following this natural disturbance will be shared.
Activity Level: All
Meeting place: Waterton Opera House
Location: Waterton Opera House | Shuttle: No

16:00 to 17:00

18R Bear Man of Kamchatka
16:00 to 17:00 (duration approx. 1:00 h)
Charlie Russell | Documentary | By Donation
Charlie Russell passed away unexpectedly on May 7. He was 'the bears best friend' and an important contributor of the Waterton Festivals. He was an advocate for a coexistence rather than fear. We are showing the famous 2006 BBC documentary 'The Bear Man of Kamchatka' 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.
Activity Level: All
Meeting place: Waterton Opera House
Location: Waterton Opera House | Shuttle: No

19:30 to 21:30

18T Waterton Wild Presentation
19:30 to 21:30 (duration approx. 2:00 h)
with Ian Wilson & Jacinthe Lavoie| Presentation | By Donation
Join Ian and Jacinthe, authors of Wildflowers of Waterton Park and Waterton Wild for a multimedia presentation featuring their wonderful photographs of the wildflowers and wildlife found in Waterton Park. This show will feature the beauty of the park before the Kenow fire, and will give a sense what the park will become after the landscape recovers from the fire. 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
Meeting place: Falls Theatre
Location: Falls Theatre | Shuttle: No

22:00 to 0:00

18X Dark Sky Discovery
22:00 to 0:00 (duration approx. 2:00 h)
with Dark Sky Guides | Sky | $50.00
Join local Waterton residents and tour guides, the Dark Sky Guides, as they go out to discover the Dark Skies of Waterton Park. This low-intensity, introductory stargazing tour will focus on exploring the night sky, with personalized access to telescope and stargazing binoculars. Please note that there will be a shuttle arranged for this session, dress warmly.
Activity Level: Easy
Meeting place: Waterton Community Centre (WCC)
Location: Field | Shuttle: Yes

Tuesday, June 19

7:00 to 10:00

19B The Art of Photographing Wildflowers
7:00 to 10:00 (duration approx. 3:00 h)
with Ian Wilson| Photography | $45.00
Join Ian Wilson, author and photographer of Wildflowers of Waterton Park and Waterton Wild, during this hands-on workshop. Learn to capture the fine details of wildflowers along the 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 your digital camera, and tripod if you have one. And bring your eye for the beauty of wildflowers!
Activity Level: Moderate
Meeting place: Waterton Community Centre (WCC)
Location: Classroom/Field | Shuttle: ?

7:30 to 10:30

19C Indigenous Medicinal Plants: Healing our Physical, Mental, Emotional and Spiritual Wounds
7:30 to 10:30 (duration approx. 3:00 h)
with Robert Rogers | $45.00
This workshop will look at plants from the perspective of their traditional indigenous benefit, as well as modern, scientific validation. It will include diverse concepts, such as herbal medicine, homeopathy, flower essences, essential oils, personality traits, and spiritual properties.
Activity Level: Moderate
Meeting place: Waterton Community Centre (WCC)
Location: Field | Shuttle: No

8:00 to 11:00

19D Introduction to Sketching Wildflowers
8:00 to 11:00 (duration approx. 3:00 h)
with Jacinthe Lavoie| Flora, Art | $45.00
Would you like to learn how to sketch the flower you see along the way? We will quick-sketch a few subjects to loosen up, then work on a more detailed drawing to learn new skills of observation and putting on paper what you see! Workshop fee includes materials that participants can keep (artist's pencil, art paper, eraser, etc.)
Activity Level: Easy
Meeting place: Waterton Community Centre (WCC)
Location: Classroom | Shuttle: No

9:15 to 12:15

19J The Blue Camas
9:15 to 12:15 (duration approx. 3:00 h)
with Lyndon Penner | Flora | $50.00
The blue camas (Camassia quamash) is a gorgeous plant once placed in the same family as the lilies, but now recognized as a member of the hyacinth family. With blue to purple (or rarely white) flowers, it likes moist places and flowers in early summer- hopefully just in time for the Wildflower Festival! Revered by indigenous people for thousands of years as a food plant, it is now mostly cherished for the beauty of its blossoms. Beth and Andy Towe, long time Waterton residents, have graciously given us permission to traipse across their land where blue camas grow in abundance. Join us for a wonderful journey where history and botany collide. Please note that there will be a shuttle arranged for this session.
Activity Level: Morderate
Meeting place: Waterton Community Centre (WCC)
Location: Field | Shuttle: Yes

12:00 to 13:30

19K Movie - Painting The Modern Garden - From Monet to Matisse
12:00 to 13:30 (duration approx. 1:30 h)
with Opera House| Movie | Adult $10 Children $7
Monet was an avid horticulturist and arguably the most important painter of gardens in the history of art but he was not alone. Artists like Van Gogh, Bonnard, Pissarro and Matisse all saw the garden as a powerful subject for their art. These great artists, along with many other famous names, feature in an innovative exhibition from The Cleveland Museum of Art and The Royal Academy, London. From the exhibition walls to the beauty of artist gardens like Monet’s Giverny, we take a magical journey to discover how artists used the modern garden to explore radical and wonderful new ideas. (90min)
Activity Level: All
Meeting place: Waterton Opera House
Location: Waterton Opera House | Shuttle: No

13:00 to 17:00

19M A Walk with the Authors
13:00 to 17:00 (duration approx. 4:00 h)
with Ian Wilson & Jacinthe Lavoie| Flora | $55.00
Join authors and photographers of Wildflowers of Waterton Park and Waterton Wild and catch their contagious passion for the beauty of nature, and learn to see the details and wonder of the natural world. Participants will have an opportunity to glean more knowledge about flowers from Jacinthe and pick up tips about photographing nature from Ian. Note: this is a 4 hour workshop, with a 4-6 km walk over rugged terrain. Bring water, a snack, rainwear, and good hiking shoes.
Activity Level: Moderate/Challenging
Meeting place: Waterton Community Centre (WCC)
Location: Field | Shuttle: No

13:30 to 14:30

19N Blackfoot Drums and Dance
13:30 to 14:30 (duration approx. 1:00 h)
with Blackfoot Nation| Art | Free
Join us on the grass beside the Waterton Heritage Centre (117 Waterton Avenue). Take in the sights and sounds of traditional drums and dancing by local Indigenous performers.
Activity Level: All
Meeting place: Waterton Heritage Centre (WHC)
Location: grass beside WHC | Shuttle: No

Meeting Place

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

CAR POOL EVENTS: The Wildflower Festival is mostly a car pool event unless otherwise stated. You may ride with someone else or drive your own vehicle.
WHAT TO BRING: A daypack with a water bottle, snack, sunscreen, a hat, bug spray, and a camera.
WHAT TO WEAR: Sturdy walking shoes, a wind-breaker and a hat are necessities. The terrain is uneven. Mountain weather is variable and can change quickly; be prepared for all conditions – sun, wind, rain...even snow!
PHOTOGRAPHY COURSES: digital and/or film cameras, tripod recommended, some walking involved.

Additional Costs or Requirements

Please see description.

Contact

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