What We Do

For almost 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!

We need you wherever you live in the Bow Valley, and welcome whatever help and support you can give us. Membership application.