Nature Outings

General Information

Our nature outings generally take place the last Sunday of the month. Activities range from gentle walks to more strenuous hikes and explorations. All of our outings are led by volunteers and are offered free of charge.

In some cases, participants are required to register in advance, and this is clearly stated in the notice about the outing. Here’s a link to the waiver that each participant needs to sign, so that you can read it in your own time.

Interested in leading an outing? Contact our Volunteer Coordinator.

Photo by Vanessa Isnardy:  Rainforest along the spawning channels at the Cheakamus Centre.

Upcoming Nature Outings: 2018

What do we do?

  • Explore and enjoy being ‘out there’
  • Spot and photograph plants, animals and other organisms for the Biodiversity Squamish project
  • Actively, informally, learn with and from each other

What to bring?

  • Clothing layers to keep yourself warm and dry
  • Camera/phone
  • Water or thermos, snack

Always welcome are your ideas for outings and taking a turn to lead one.

Earth Day Family Outing: Sunday, April 22

What: Find signs along the South Dyke Trail and take a look at the live plants behind each sign.
When: Saturday, April 21 and Sunday, April 22. The signs will be in place all weekend.
Where: the Estuary, along the South Dyke Trail. (Link to map)
Prizes:  YES! To enter, email Judith Holm by 6:00 pm on Sunday April 22nd and tell us about your most interesting observation in the Scavenger Hunt. The draw for 3 prizes from Climb On Squamish will be made that evening. Winners will be contacted by email.

Cool Apps for Connecting Families to Nature, April 29

What: Explore free apps that help you learn about nature.
When: 10:00-noon
Where: Meet at the Squamish Library. Followed by walk in estuary.

Most families agree that spending time in nature is important for a child’s development. Too much screen time is a common concern so using your smartphone may seem counterproductive. However, apps can help connect us to nature by deepening our knowledge and piquing our curiosity. Some apps are designed by experienced nature educators and guide families in nature play.

We will explore a few different apps by first introducing them at a brief presentation at the Squamish Library on Sunday, April 29th at 10:00am. Then we will take our smartphones outside, into the Squamish Estuary and try them out.  Be prepared for the weather and protect your phones if we get liquid sunshine. The apps are all free although some can be upgraded for more advanced versions. All are Android and iPhone compatible.

We recommend you download the apps in advance if possible to make our time as efficient as possible. The apps we’ll be using are:

  • iNaturalist
  • iBird Lite
  • Merlin Bird ID
  • Nature Passport

This free activity is for all ages and geared towards families. Please RSVP by emailing

About the Outing Leaders

Nature Outing Archive

2016 | 2017| 2018