Festival Workshops & Free Events

Free Pre-Festival Events

4 June5 June6 June
Bird Photography Workshop ~ 7:00 am – 10:00 amSounds of the Night ~ 8:30 pm – 10:00 pmThe Loons of Dalrymple ~ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Festival Workshops

Purchase a Weekend Pass  ($45 per person) that grants you access to an unlimited number of workshops throughout the weekend or consider getting the Weekend Pass with Dinner ($65 per person) to also attend the Saturday Dinner and guest speaker, David Phillips Senior Climatologist from Environment Canada. You can also just attend the Saturday Dinner by purchasing the Dinner and Guest Speaker Pass ($30 per person). Browse through the workshop list below, make a note of the activities that you’d like to attend and then click on the Register Button (see row of buttons on the right-hand side of the screen) to navigate to our Event Registration site. You will be asked to choose your activities at the end of the online registration form. We’ve colour-coded activities by area of interest to make them easier to find: All day Saturday is the Fun Fest, which is completely free to attend. You can go on a hay ride, enjoy the interactive exhibits and listen to live bands – all happening at the Carden Recreation Centre.

Saturday, June 7th — Early Morning Workshops

Breakfast will be available at the Carden Recreation Centre and lunch can be pre-ordered.

7 June
A2 Grassland Birds ~ 6:30 am – 9:30 am
A1 Birding by Ear ~ 6:30 am – 9:30 am
A4 Photographing Nature from the Ground Up ~ 8:00 am – 11:00 am
A3 Observing Wildlife on North Bear Alvar ~ 8:00 am – 11:00 am
A5 Waterthrush Woods by Water – only one spot left ~ 8:00 am – 12:30 pm
A6 Birding for Absolute Beginners! ~ 8:30 am – 11:00 am
A10 Spider Hunt ~ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
A8 Bogs and Other Wetlands ~ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
A9 Ferns on the Plain ~ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
A11 Wilderness Explore: McGee Creek/Cranberry Wetland Nature Reserve ~ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
A7 Reptiles and Amphibians ~ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Saturday, June 7th — Late Morning Workshops Depending on what Early Morning Workshop you register for, you may have time to attend another event in the Late Morning.

7 June
A12 Botany and Ecological Land Classification ~ 9:30 am – 12:00 am
A13 Insects on the Alvar – CANCELLED ~ 9:30 am – 12:00 pm
A14 Boat Tour of Lake Dalrymple – FULL ~ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Saturday, June 7th — Early Afternoon Workshops

7 June
A19 Wilderness Explore: Prairie Smoke & Little Bluestem ~ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
A17 Historic Highlights of Carden and Eldon ~ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
A15 Aquatic Wildlife ~ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
 A18 Observing Nesting Birds ~ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
 A16 Geology on the Alvar – full ~ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
 A26 Wildflowers & Ferns ~ 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm
 A22 Lichens ~ 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm
 A23 Loggerhead Shrike Breeding ~ 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm
 A25 Paddle the Talbot River – three spots left ~ 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm
 A24 Meet the Bumblebees ~ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
 A20 Boat Tour of Lake Dalrymple – three spots left ~ 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
 A21 Bluebird Ranch: Habitat Management in Action ~1:30 pm – 4:30 pm
 A28 A Holistic Look at the Alvar as Habitat ~ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
 A27 Insects on the Alvar ~ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Saturday, June 7th — Late Afternoon Workshops

Depending on what Early Afternoon Workshop you register for, you may have time to attend another event in the Late Afternoon.

7 June
A29 Boat Tour of Lake Dalrymple – full ~ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
A30 Geocaching for Beginners – one spot left ~ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Saturday, June 7th — Dinner

7 June
Dinner and Guest Speaker: David Phillips of Environment Canada ~ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm/td>

Sunday, June 8th — Early Morning Workshops

7 June
A12 Botany and Ecological Land Classification ~ 9:30 am – 12:00 am
A13 Insects on the Alvar – CANCELLED ~ 9:30 am – 12:00 pm
A14 Boat Tour of Lake Dalrymple – FULL ~ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Sunday, June 8th — Early Morning Workshops

8 June
B2 Paddle the Head River ~ 7:00 am – 11:00 am
B1 Alvars by Bicycle – three spots left ~ 7:00 am – 12:00 pm
B3 Sparrows by Voice on Windmill Ranch ~ 7:00 am – 10:00 am
B4 Birding by Ear – FULL ~ 8:00 am – 11:00 am
B9 Wild Plant Medicines ~ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
B6 Fun in the Fen – Paddling Raven Lake ~ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
B8 Reptiles and Amphibians ~ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
B10 Wilderness Explore: Kris Starr Nature Sanctuary ~ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
B5 First Nations on The Carden Plain ~ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
B7 Nature on the Alvar – three spots left ~ 9:00 am – 12:00 am
B11 Bluebird Box Care ~ 9:30 am – 11:30 am

Sunday, June 8th — Late Morning Workshops

Depending on what Early Morning Workshop you register for, you may have time to attend another event in the Late Morning.

8 June
B12 Boat Tour of Lake Dalrymple – FULL ~ 10:00 am – 11:30 am