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September 13th – September 16th, 2018

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Thursday, September 13

13:00 to 16:00

13K Pollinators in Peril
13:00 to 16:00 (duration approx. 3:00 h)
with Lyndon Penner | | $45.00
When people visit Waterton, they are often astounded by the diversity and abundance of wild animals that live in the park! Bears, moose, cougars, elk, bighorn sheep, and Rocky Mountain goats all call Waterton home, to say nothing of the astonishing bird life we have here! How often though, do we think about the tiniest creatures in the park - those who do some of the most important work? The pollinators that live in Waterton are responsible for ensuring that plants produce seeds and are able to continue on. No plants, no park! No pollinators, no plants! Many of our native bee species were badly affected by the recent fire, as were a great many butterflies, moths, and other small insects. Join Lyndon for an informative session about the recovery and status of Waterton's smallest creatures.
Activity Level: Moderate
Meeting place: Waterton Community Centre (WCC)
Location: Field | Shuttle: no

14:00 to 17:00

13P Wildfire and Wildlife
14:00 to 17:00 (duration approx. 3:00 h)
with Parks Canada | | Free
Join Barb Johnston on a walk and talk to learn about the affects of the fire on the Park's wildlife.
Activity Level: Moderate
Meeting place: Waterton Community Centre (WCC)
Location: Field | Shuttle: No

14:30 to 17:30

13Q Bison, the fat of the land
14:30 to 17:30 (duration approx. 3:00 h)
with Brenda Holder | | $45.00
Learn about the importance of Bison/Buffalo to Indigenous cultures and their importance to our existence. How they helped us to live on the land, and how the gifts of provisions to allow for daily living, taught us about relationships and respect. Brenda will also relay some of the gifts of the Moose and their importance where Buffalo were sparse or not found.
Activity Level: Moderate
Meeting place: Waterton Community Centre (WCC)
Location: Field | Shuttle: No

16:00 to 17:00

13R International Wildlife Film Festival Presentations
16:00 to 17:00 (duration approx. 1:00 h)
with Opera House | | $10 General/ $7 (Ages 3-12)
Becoming Water (15 Mins) Art and nature intersect as students from the University of Saskatchewan travel north to participate in a course at the Saskatchewan River Delta, one of the largest unbroken wetlands left on Earth. The students create art pieces inspired by the area, searching for links between humans, water, and the natural environment.
Camera Trap (26 Mins) In this half hour documentary, aspiring wildlife photographer Peter Mather puts everything on the line in his quest to capture one photo that will tell the story of the Porcupine Caribou's herd migration, one of the greatest land migrations on Earth.
Last Call (12 Mins) Few places are more tightly bound to their rivers than Paradise Valley, Montana, where the Yellowstone River Flows out of America's most iconic National Park and begins its journey across the country. Join a fourth generation Paradise Valley rancher, BBQ and Bakery owners freshly transplanted from Georgia, a lodge owner, a naturalist, a fly fishing guide, a sitting U.S. senator, and an iconic musician as they come together to protect the Yellowstone River ecosystem from a proposed goldmine. With original score and narration by Bill Payne of Little Feat, Last Call brings you into the heart of a community as they work together to protect the river that connects them all.
Activity Level: All
Meeting place: Opera House
Location: Opera House | Shuttle: No

17:15 to 17:40

13S The Kenow Wildfire Story
17:15 to 17:40 (duration approx. 25 minutes)
with Opera House | | Free
Free screenings of the story of the Kenow Fire in September 2017 as it grew from a lighting strike in the backcountry to the frightening wildfire that consumed a huge part of Waterton’s forest and grasslands.
Activity Level: All
Meeting place: Opera House
Location: Opera House | Shuttle: No

19:30 to 21:00

13T Critter Connections
19:30 to 21:00 (duration approx. 1:30 h)
with Parks Canada | | By Donation
How do human-caused changes influence the survival of species and ecosystems? Discover critical connections between species from the soil to the sky, and explore how you shape the future of the foothills parkland.
Activity Level: All
Meeting place: Falls Theatre
Location: Falls Theatre | Shuttle: No

20:00 to 22:00

13X Dark Skies & Nocturnal Creatures
20:00 to 22:00 (duration approx. 2:00 h)
with Dark Sky Guides | | $50.00
Join local Waterton residents and tour guides, the Dark Sky Guides, as they go out to discover the night sky. This low-intensity, introductory stargazing tour focuses on exploring the night sky through telescopes and stargazing binoculars, while also shedding light on some of the different wildlife that thrive under the Dark Skies of Waterton Park. Remember to dress warmly. There will be a shuttle provided for this session.
Activity Level: Easy
Meeting place: Waterton Community Centre (WCC)
Location: Field | Shuttle: Yes

Friday, September 14

9:00 to 15:00

14D Sketch and Draw
9:00 to 15:00 (duration approx. 6:00 h)
with Julie Strong | | $99.00
Enjoy the morning outside gathering information by sketching, sketch painting and photographing the beautiful fall scenery. Come enjoy a blend of outdoor and indoor art that celebrates the wonders of Waterton. A supply list will be sent to all participants. Lunch is not included.
Activity Level: Easy
Meeting place: Waterton Community Centre (WCC)
Location: Field | Shuttle: No

9:15 to 12:15

14E Wolves and Family
9:15 to 12:15 (duration approx. 3:00 h)
with Brenda Holder | | $45.00
Wolves are an important part of family teachings, how they taught us to hunt cooperatively, the importance of leadership, the importance of family and to take only what is needed. Hear stories of wolves on a walk with Brenda and learn some interesting relationships between many of her family members and the wolf!
Activity Level: Moderate
Meeting place: Waterton Community Centre (WCC)
Location: Field | Shuttle: No

9:30 to 12:30

14G A Buffet for Birds
9:30 to 12:30 (duration approx. 3:00 h)
with Lyndon Penner | | $45.00
Waterton is strategically located right in the Rockies where Alberta, British Columbia and Montana all collide. This results in an astounding diversity of bird life, best seen on the spring and fall migrations. Bird watchers from all over the continent (and indeed the world) descend upon Waterton in late summer and early fall hoping for a glimpse of birds they've not seen or heard before. Due to its great botanical diversity, Waterton attracts a great many different kinds of birds. Some birds like to eat seeds, others like berries or small fruits, and some of them like to eat other birds! (We have some amazing raptors in the park!) Join Lyndon for a wonderful hike examining what kind of plants are attracting what kind of birds. You may even see some birds you've not previously seen!
Activity Level: Moderate
Meeting place: Waterton Community Centre (WCC)
Location: Field | Shuttle: No

9:45 to 12:45

14H The Geology of Waterton - What Makes Waterton Unique
9:45 to 12:45 (duration approx. 3:00 h)
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
Meeting place: Waterton Community Centre (WCC)
Location: Field | Shuttle: No

10:30 to 12:00

14J Track and Games
10:30 to 12:00 (duration approx. 1:30 h)
with Waterton Community Centre | | By Donation
Kids - drop in and enjoy doing your own track casting, while you wait for it to dry enjoy detective games, memory, colouring and more. Then take your track home with you as a souvenir.
Activity Level: Kids
Meeting place: Waterton Community Centre (WCC)
Location: WCC | Shuttle: No

13:00 to 16:00

14K Backroads and Bluebirds
13:00 to 16:00 (duration approx. 3:00 h)
with NCC | | Free
Fly with us as we venture down the Nature Conservancy of Canada’s (NCC) adopted Bluebird Trail for our annual fall monitoring and clean out. Get a firsthand glimpse into the feathered friends who make use of the nesting habitats installed alongside several NCC properties in the Waterton Park Front and record valuable data on the usage of these boxes. We will be joined by special guest Steven Shumborski from the Mountain Bluebird Trails Conservation Society, who will share his knowledge and expert tips with the group. Light refreshments will be provided to start the day.
Activity Level: Moderate
Meeting place: Waterton Community Centre (WCC)
Location: Field | Shuttle: No

13:30 to 14:30

14O Wildlife of the Oldman River Valley
13:30 to 14:30 (duration approx. 1:00 h)
with Rick Andrews | | $10 (General)/ $7 (Kids)
Enjoy this wildlife documentary that was shot in the Oldman River valley of Southern Alberta by Rick Andrews. The documentary captures the area’s wildlife in each of the four seasons. Species such as Mule and White-tailed Deer, Beavers, Coyotes, American White Pelicans, Great Blue Herons, nesting Great Horned Owls and reptiles such as Prairie Rattlesnakes and Bull Snakes are all included, along with underwater sequences featuring Wandering Garter Snakes and Western Painted Turtles. The film also includes night footage that together with the night scenes provide unique sights that even frequent visitors to this river valley may not have seen before. Followed by a Q&A with Rick Andrews.
Activity Level: All
Meeting place: Opera House
Location: Opera House | Shuttle: No

14:00 to 15:00

14L Swift Fox Reintroduction in North America
14:00 to 15:00 (duration approx. 1:00 h)
with Cochrane Ecological Institute | | $10.00
Come and enjoy this one hour presentation with Clio. The Swift Fox vanished from Canada and the northern central States of the USA by 1939's. In 1972 the Smeeton Family (Clio and her parents) decided to start a reintroduction program in Canada. This program extended from 1983 - 1997. The second Swift Fox reintroduction program in North America was on the Blackfeet Reserve in Montana (1998 - 2003). The final reintroduction was on the Blood Reserve in Alberta (2003 - 2004). Clio will outline the intricacies, challenges and successes of these three successful programs. (1 Hour)
Activity Level: All
Meeting place: Waterton Community Centre (WCC)
Location: WCC | Shuttle: No

15:00 to 18:00

14Q Introduction to Wildlife Photography with Kyla Black - 2 days workshop
15:00 to 18:00 (duration approx. 3:00 h)
with Kyla Black | | $99.00
Join Kyla in the field for a two-day introductory course on the basics of wildlife photography including gear, camera settings and tips and tricks for spotting and approaching wildlife. The course will include hands-on learning in the field with a focus on techniques and composition as well as wildlife safety. All skill levels are welcomed. Participants are required to bring a DSLR or mirrorless camera with telephoto lens and are encouraged to bring images for critique. (Session will continue on Saturday from 15:00 - 18:00)
Activity Level: Moderate
Meeting place: Waterton Community Centre (WCC)
Location: Field | Shuttle: No

16:00 to 17:00

14R International Wildlife Film Festival Presentations
16:00 to 17:00 (duration approx. 1:00 h)
with Opera House | | $10 General/ $7 (Ages 3-12)
Operation Wolf Patrol (12 Mins) Poacher's Kingdom follows Rod Coronado, Wolf Patrol's leader, as her endeavours to raise awareness of wolf poaching in northern Wisconsin and tackles the issue of Wisconsin's new "Hunter Harassment Law"- making it illegal to take photos of hunters on public lands.
The Journey of Water (7 Mins) Streams cascade down mountainsides and flow through valleys, calming in slow pools, filling marshes and wetlands. Along this path, water is a vital source of life, sustaining a wide variety of insects and animals that rely upon this natural force for their survival.
Beaver Believers (50 Mins) The whimsical yet inspiring film captures the vision energy and dedication of a half dozen activists who share a passion for restoring the North American Beaver to much of its former habitat and range. The Beaver Believers shows us how this humble creature can help us restore steams and watersheds damaged by neglect.
Activity Level: All
Meeting place: Opera House
Location: Opera House | Shuttle: No

17:15 to 17:40

14S The Kenow Wildfire Story
17:15 to 17:40 (duration approx. 25 minutes)
with Opera House | | Free
Free screenings of the story of the Kenow Fire in September 2017 as it grew from a lighting strike in the backcountry to the frightening wildfire that consumed a huge part of Waterton’s forest and grasslands.
Activity Level: All
Meeting place: Opera House
Location: Opera House | Shuttle: No

19:30 to 21:00

14T Alberta’s Wild Bees
19:30 to 21:00 (duration approx. 1:30 h)
with Megan Evans | | By Donation
Alberta has over 300 wild bee species but most research and attention is focused on a handful of managed species. These wild bees face many of the same threats as managed bees, in addition to competition for food caused by the increasing presence of non-native, managed bees. More awareness of the diversity and conservation issues surrounding our native bees is needed. Land managers (and the general public) should be aware that non-native, managed bees can have a negative impact on our native pollinators.
Activity Level: All
Meeting place: Falls Theatre
Location: Falls Theatre | Shuttle: No

20:00 to 22:00

14X Reconnecting with the Cosmos
20:00 to 22:00 (duration approx. 2:00 h)
with James Van Leeuwen | | $45.00
We have marvelled for millennia at the wonders of the night sky, pondering their nature and meaning. Urbanization and streetlights have disconnected us from the night sky, and from our deepest origins. Join night sky interpreter and guide James Van Leeuwen in this opportunity to reconnect with the cosmos, out on the field through telescopes. Educated in astrophysics, James lives near Waterton and works as a technology consultant and entrepreneur.
Activity Level: Easy
Meeting place: Waterton Community Centre (WCC)
Location: WCC | Shuttle:

Saturday, September 15

9:00 to 15:00

15D Acrylic Plein Air Workshop
9:00 to 15:00 (duration approx. 6:00 h)
with Jordan Brame | | $99.00
Come to unlock the artistic abilities that you never knew you had. This all-day class will explore the artistic expression of what we see, what we should be seeing and various techniques to portray what we are seeing. We will examine the effects of light and shadow, contrast and colour, value and blending. After a morning of discovering your artistic potential, we will explore the beauty of Waterton and gather images of the abundant wildlife and scenery in the park, after which we will create a finished work of art. Whether you are a beginner looking to learn or a dabbler looking to improve, this is an experience you don't want to miss. All supplies included. Lunch not included.
Activity Level: All
Meeting place: Waterton Community Centre (WCC)
Location: WCC | Shuttle: No

9:15 to 12:15

15E Getting started in Wildlife Photography
9:15 to 12:15 (duration approx. 3:00 h)
with Joe Desjardins | | $45.00
Joe will get you started with the basics of wildlife photography. An introduction to gear, camera settings and hands on techniques in the field!
Activity Level: Easy
Meeting place: Waterton Community Centre (WCC)
Location: Field | Shuttle: No

9:30 to 12:30

15G Pollinators in Peril
9:30 to 12:30 (duration approx. 3:00 h)
with Lyndon Penner | | $45.00
When people visit Waterton, they are often astounded by the diversity and abundance of wild animals that live in the park! Bears, moose, cougars, elk, bighorn sheep, and Rocky Mountain goats all call Waterton home, to say nothing of the astonishing bird life we have here! How often though, do we think about the tiniest creatures in the park - those who do some of the most important work? The pollinators that live in Waterton are responsible for ensuring that plants produce seeds and are able to continue on. No plants, no park! No pollinators, no plants! Many of our native bee species were badly affected by the recent fire, as were a great many butterflies, moths, and other small insects. Join Lyndon for an informative session about the recovery and status of Waterton's smallest creatures.
Activity Level: Moderate
Meeting place: Waterton Community Centre (WCC)
Location: Field | Shuttle: no

10:30 to 12:00

15J Track and Games
10:30 to 12:00 (duration approx. 1:30 h)
with Waterton Community Centre | | By Donation
Kids - drop in and enjoy doing your own track casting, while you wait for it to dry enjoy detective games, memory, colouring and more. Then take your track home with you as a souvenir.
Activity Level: Kids
Meeting place: Waterton Community Centre (WCC)
Location: WCC | Shuttle: No

13:00 to 16:00

15K The Teachings of the Bear
13:00 to 16:00 (duration approx. 3:00 h)
with Brenda Holder | | $45.00
Learn how bears taught us to survive on the landscape in all seasons, how to live in harsh climates, what food was good for us, how we learned their medicines and how to gather medicine.
Activity Level: Moderate
Meeting place: Waterton Community Centre (WCC)
Location: Field | Shuttle: No

13:30 to 14:30 (new time!)

15O Bear and Human’s Coexistence - Panel Discussion
13:30 to 14:30  (duration approx. 1:00 h)
with Waterton Festivals | | Free
Charlie Russell is often referred to as ‘A bear’s best friend’. He advocated that bears are not unpredictable and that a peaceful coexistence between wild bears and humans is possible, if the right measures are implemented. He studied bears for most of his life and guided many walks about bears during past Wildlife Weekends and Wildflower Festivals. After his sudden passing this May we would like to keep his legacy alive. For this reason we have invited Parks Canada, the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC), the Cochrane Ecological Institute, the Waterton Biosphere Reserve and Melodey Wood (partner of Charlie Russell) to join a panel discussion. We will talk about the policies and experiences of the different agencies and the challenges they face in their work with bears as well as how Charlie Russell’s views of bears and his experiences can help or be implemented; how they might have influenced the persons on the panel and their agencies already or what difficulties they might see. Followed by a question and answer period.
Activity Level: All
Meeting place: Waterton Community Centre (WCC)
Location: WCC | Shuttle: No

14:00 to 15:00

15L International Wildlife Film Festival Presentations
14:00 to 15:00 (duration approx. 1:00 h)
with Opera House | | $10 General/ $7 (Ages 3-12)
Drive Them Buffalo (18 Min) An intimate look at the only indigenous tribal-led buffalo drive in North America, Drive Them Buffalo follows members of the Blackfeet Nation as they experience the power of the American bison while driving their herd through rough terrain and hostile weather to their winter pasture a rare ritual of stewardship that brings hope for a cultural rebirth.
Following the documentation, Ervine Carlson (director of the Blackfeet Bison Program in Browning, Montana) will speak about this project and answer questions.

Activity Level: All
Meeting place: Opera House
Location: Opera House | Shuttle: No

14:30 to 17:30

15M The Geology of Waterton - What Makes Waterton Unique
14:30 to 17:30 (duration approx. 3:00 h)
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
Meeting place: Waterton Community Centre (WCC)
Location: Field | Shuttle: No

15:00 to 16:00

15N Birdhouse Building for Kids
15:00 to 16:00 (duration approx. 1:00 h)
with Roger Riis | | $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
Meeting place: Waterton Community Centre (WCC)
Location: WCC | Shuttle: No

16:00 to 17:00

15R International Wildlife Film Festival Presentations
16:00 to 17:00 (duration approx. 1:00 h)
with Opera House | | $10 General/ $7 (Ages 3-12)
Forest, Fins and Footprints (23 Mins) In Alberta, public lands in the foothills are being clear cut at a rate faster than they can recover, with little opportunity for public input. Forests, Fins, and Footprints is a community funded documentation of the clear cutting in Ghost Valley - a watershed located just upstream of Calgary on the Eastern Slopes of the Rocky Mountains.
Nesting with the Devil (11 Mins) Nesting with the Devil tells the story of the great blue herons, bald eagles, and their mysterious nesting relationship on the coast of British Columbia.
Canis Lupus (18 Mins) Ghosts are stirring in Colorado's high country. They haunt the trees, the water, the animals the very fabric of the land itself. Gray wolves shaped this place for eons only to disappear nearly overnight. Canis Lupus Colorado is the story of the past, present and future of Colorado's now extinct native wolf population.
Activity Level: All
Meeting place: Opera House
Location: Opera House | Shuttle: No

16:30 to 19:00

15P Riding into Elk Habitat
with Alpine Stables | | $89.00
Experience an intimate ride on horseback into elk habitat guided by Alpine Stables. Seeing elk beds, trails and rubbings from elk antlers will give you an insight into the life and habitat of these proud animals. A potential close up with the elk and their behaviour in the stunning landscape of Waterton Lakes National Park is not assured but very possible.
Do not got to Alpine Stables as the horses might be provided at a different location, depending where the Elk are at that time!
Activity Level: Moderate
Meeting place: Waterton Community Centre (WCC)
Location: Field | Shuttle: No

17:15 to 17:40

15S The Kenow Wildfire Story
17:15 to 17:40 (duration approx. 25 minutes)
with Opera House | | Free
Free screenings of the story of the Kenow Fire in September 2017 as it grew from a lighting strike in the backcountry to the frightening wildfire that consumed a huge part of Waterton’s forest and grasslands.
Activity Level: All
Meeting place: Opera House
Location: Opera House | Shuttle: No

19:30 to 21:00

15T The Birds of Waterton
19:30 to 21:00 (duration approx. 1:30 h)
with Lyndon Penner | | By Donation
Did you know that there are over 250 species of birds that can be found in Waterton Lakes National Park? Less than 40 of them are permanent, year-round residents (Waterton is pretty fierce in the winter) but during the summer months, you can find everything from wading birds to predatory birds, to literally dozens of different songbirds. Our birds are as colourful as anything you might find in the rain forests of South America and just as interesting! Join Lyndon for an informative presentation introducing you to over a dozen birds that call Waterton home everything from the feisty little rufous hummingbirds to the primitive sounding and enigmatic sandhill cranes that dance here!
Activity Level: All
Meeting place: Falls Theatre
Location: Falls Theatre | Shuttle: No

20:00 to 22:00

15X Dark Skies & Nocturnal Creatures
20:00 to 22:00 (duration approx. 2:00 h)
with Dark Sky Guides | | $50.00
Join local Waterton residents and tour guides, the Dark Sky Guides, as they go out to discover the night sky. This low-intensity, introductory stargazing tour focuses on exploring the night sky through telescopes and stargazing binoculars, while also shedding light on some of the different wildlife that thrive under the Dark Skies of Waterton Park. Remember to dress warmly. There will be a shuttle provided for this session.
Activity Level: Easy
Meeting place: Waterton Community Centre (WCC)
Location: Field | Shuttle: Yes

Sunday, September 16>/h2>

9:00 to 12:00

16D In Remembrance
9:00 to 12:00 (duration approx. 3:00 h)
with Lyndon Penner | | $45.00
Have you ever gone to the mountains to grieve? Many of us have. We have all lost someone we love, someone we cared about deeply. Many of us have taken our sorrow to the mountains, recognizing that there is a kind of grace and special healing power in wild places. A hike on a beautiful trail can do wonders for a hurting heart. For this particular session, we invite you to join us in celebrating all those who have gone on before us. The staff here at the festival have been especially thinking about John and Charlie Russell, who introduced so many of us to the marvellous part of the world that is Waterton. This will be a wonderful autumn hike that we do in memoriam of those we are missing, and whose presence we still feel when we are out on the trail. Our hope is that you will find this session both meditative and restorative.
Activity Level: Moderate
Meeting place: Waterton Community Centre (WCC)
Location: Field | Shuttle: No

9:15 to 12:15

16E Advanced Techniques for Wildlife Photography
9:15 to 12:15 (duration approx. 3:00 h)
with Joe Desjardins | | $45.00
Joe Desjardins will share some advanced techniques in the field to capture those amazing moments in the field, along with some advanced camera techniques. Joe will discuss composition and safety. Participants should have a good knowledge of their camera.
Activity Level: Moderate
Meeting place: Waterton Community Centre (WCC)
Location: Field | Shuttle: No

9:30 to 12:00

16G Salamander ‘Byway’ Volunteer Event
9:30 to 12:00 (duration approx. 2:30 h)
with Parks Canada | | Free
Be part of the salamander team! The salamander catch fences are in need of a little repair. Come spend a few hours and help maintain the thoroughfare to their habitat across the road. No cost, just come and join the brigade; learn a bit about the salamanders and give a hand in helping ensure their continued survival.
Activity Level: Moderate
Meeting place: Parking lot across from turn-off to Prince of Wales Hotel
Location: | Shuttle: No

9:45 to 12:45

16H Bison, the fat of the land
9:45 to 12:45 (duration approx. 3:00 h)
with Brenda Holder | | $45.00
Learn about the importance of Bison/Buffalo to Indigenous cultures and their importance to our existence. How they helped us to live on the land, and how the gifts of provisions to allow for daily living, taught us about relationships and respect. Brenda will also relay some of the gifts of the Moose and their importance where Buffalo were sparse or not found.
Activity Level: Moderate
Meeting place: Waterton Community Centre (WCC)
Location: Field | Shuttle: No

10:30 to 12:00

16J Track and Games
10:30 to 12:00 (duration approx. 1:30 h)
with Waterton Community Centre | | By Donation
Kids - drop in and enjoy doing your own track casting, while you wait for it to dry enjoy detective games, memory, colouring and more. Then take your track home with you as a souvenir.
Activity Level: Kids
Meeting place: Waterton Community Centre (WCC)
Location: WCC | Shuttle: No

13:00 to 16:00

16K The Geology of Waterton - What Makes Waterton Unique
13:00 to 16:00 (duration approx. 3:00 h)
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
Meeting place: Waterton Community Centre (WCC)
Location: Field | Shuttle: No

14:00 to 15:30

16P Track and Games
14:00 to 15:30 (duration approx. 1:30 h)
with Waterton Community Centre | | By Donation
Kids - drop in and enjoy doing your own track casting, while you wait for it to dry enjoy detective games, memory, colouring and more. Then take your track home with you as a souvenir.
Activity Level: Kids
Meeting place: Waterton Community Centre (WCC)
Location: WCC | Shuttle: No

15:00 to 17:00

16Q Photo Analysis
15:00 to 17:00 (duration approx. 2:00 h)
with Joe Desjardins | | $25.00
“Friendly Photo Critique” - Joe encourages you to submit photo’s for some photo discussions. Any and all participants are encouraged to voice some constructive criticism to help advance your vision. Prior to the session you will receive a link to upload your photos (3 max).
Activity Level: All
Meeting place: Waterton Community Centre (WCC)
Location: WCC | Shuttle: No

16:00 to 17:00

16R International Wildlife Film Festival Presentations
16:00 to 17:00 (duration approx. 1:00 h)
with Opera House | | $10 General/ $7 (Ages 3-12)
Gathering of Eagles (8 Mins) In British Columbia, birds of prey flock to Canada's "Eagle Capital" every winter, making a lasting impact on the people who live there.
Keepers (6 Mins) Bobby Jack Smith won't tell you his age, but he will tell you how he met organic farmer Kelly Penn at a local beekeeper meeting in Bryson City, North Carolina and decided to help her in her efforts to start keeping her own hives. Years later, the two are inseparable. Although they don't always see eye to eye, this unlikely pair is bound by their mutual admiration for bees and a concern for future populations.
Nature's Wildest Weapons (60 Mins) The animal kingdom posses a fearsome arsenal: a variety of extreme weapons used in intense battles to gore, stab, crush, and batter. But are they more than just instruments of deadly force? Professor Doug Emlen's life-long ambition has been to discover the secrets of nature's arm races, what triggers them and what they can teach us about the most formidable weapons on earth: our own.
Activity Level: All
Meeting place: Opera House
Location: Opera House | Shuttle: No

17:15 to 17:40

16S The Kenow Wildfire Story
17:15 to 17:40 (duration approx. 25 minutes)
with Opera House | | Free
Free screenings of the story of the Kenow Fire in September 2017 as it grew from a lighting strike in the backcountry to the frightening wildfire that consumed a huge part of Waterton’s forest and grasslands.
Activity Level: All
Meeting place: Opera House
Location: Opera House | 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 Wildlife Weekend 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.

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Waterton Festivals
1.877.780.1998
201 Cameron Falls Dr.
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Anne Friesen 8/28/2018
I was so happy to see the presentations on pollinators and bees that you are preparing. The walks etc regarding the recovery from the fire look excellent as well. We won't be at the festival this year, but hope to attend in 2019. I would like to see more on the fire recovery in 2019, if possible. Thank you for preparing such an excellent series of events. When is the 2019 Wildlife Festival going to be?
Frank - Waterton Festivals 9/1/2018
Hi Anne, thank you for your comment! The wildlife weekend 2019 will be from September 19 to 22. As you signed up for our newsletter, you will receive an email as soon as the tickets are up for sale. See you next year! Frank
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