About Us

For over 50 years, Bow Valley Naturalists have been active in learning about local ecosystems and advocating for their protection.

Our Objectives

  • Acquire and disseminate knowledge of natural history.
  • Stimulate interest in the appreciation of nature.
  • Work for the protection and preservation of wildlife, wilderness areas, parks and natural ecosytems.
  • Inform members and the public about environmental issues.


  • Monthly meetings from October through April (except for December) on the fourth Tuesday of each month.
  • Guest speakers present lectures on natural history topics and environmental issues.


  • Christmas Bird Counts.
  • Species Counts.
  • Clean-up project, special projects.
  • Assist with field monitoring, surveys.
  • Publications:
    • Yamnuska, 1974 (out of print).
    • Vermilion Lakes Study, 1978 (available for $2.00 + Postage and Handling)
  • Newsletter:
    • published 3 times a year.
    • current and archived copies of newsletter (available online and at the Whyte Museums of the Canadian Rockies, Banff and Canmore Libraries).


  • A strong membership to sustain efforts to protect the natural world, in the face of ever-increasing numbers and complexity of environmental issues.

Board of Directors

The elected positions for a one year period are:

  • President
  • Vice-President
  • Past-President
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • Directors at Large (5 positions)

The activities of the Board of Directors consist of:

  • Executive meetings.
  • Meetings with government officials.
  • Representation on issues, preparation of letters and briefs.
  • Organizing events, public meetings.

Join the group!

Come to our public events, submit your observations to HELS or contact us with your concerns. We need you wherever you live in the Bow Valley, and welcome whatever help and support you can give us. Consider becoming a member today.