Mud Fair
11:00 am11:00

Mud Fair

MudFair celebrates World Forum’s International Mud Day, designed to connect children with nature. It's a family fun-filled day where everyone is encouraged to get a little dirt on their hands! Mud pits, a mud slide, mud kitchens are just a few of the muddy fun activities. Enjoy live music, outdoor yoga, have lunch from the food trucks and browse the green market. Stop by the community art collaboration - Mud City, led by the art educators of Nature Kindergarten. Hose down with water-filled tanks before you head home. Be sure to bring your own towels and wear your boots! Activities for children of all ages. 

Mud Fair Fun Run - New this year - the children's fun run. Kick off the day with a fun run  - walk, run or even roll around Lloyd Park with either a 700m or 2Km run. Have your friends and family pledge your child for their participation.  When you are done your run head over to be the first to dip their toes into the Mud Fair activities - your family pass is included when you sign up for the run. Sign up here

Mud Fair takes place at Lloyd Park, just west of Spruce Meadows in Calgary, Alberta. All proceeds will go toward supporting Red Deer Lake Community Association and CCES Calgary Nature Kindergarten. Advance tickets are your best price and help us to plan for how many people will be in attendance. Mud Fair only (no Fun Run) tickets available here.

1:00 pm13:00


Hold the date! Come celebrate the joys winter has to offer at this play-filled family fun event. Online tickets are available on Event Brite for until $15 per family until Friday, February 23rd. Get them here. After that tickets are $20 per family at the door. 

After the event partake in an online auction of seasonal and locally crafted goods. 

All proceeds got to support programming for CCES Calgary Nature Kindergarten.

Enchantments of Winter - An Educator Workshop
9:30 am09:30

Enchantments of Winter - An Educator Workshop

Sparkles in the snow, the mystery of a snowflake, the wonder of footprints left behind – so much to enchant our minds and imaginations - all wrapped up in the frosty folds of winter.

Enchantments of Winter is a hands-on workshop on outdoor winter play for Early Childhood and Elementary School Educators that will explore:

  • the affordances and offerings of winter;
  • materials to support and enhance winter play;
  • probable curriculum connections and possibilities for project work;
  • seasonal risk-benefit assessment;
  • supporting children and parents to dress for the weather.

In the spirit of the forest school ethos this workshop will be held mostly outdoors, will include hands-on natural materials exploration, storytelling and an opportunity to view current and past documentation of project based work from children aged 3-6 years focusing on their connections and ongoing investigations in a nature space in the winter season.

Come be enchanted by winter.

Saturday, February 11, 2017
Common Digs Forest School at Red Deer Lake Community Centre
9:30 am – 12:30 pm

$80 + gst per person
Workshop is limited to 40 participants.

Registration by Eventbrite

for the love of Pinecone
3:00 pm15:00

for the love of Pinecone

A community fall social
We step on it, paint it, hot glue it, misname it - for the love of pinecone it's time to celebrate it! Join us for a community social to pay tribute to the beauty and splendour of the often taken-for-granted, underdog to fall leaves - the lowly, beloved pinecone. 
Food trucks, live music, artisan market, kids arts and games, geocaching and loads of pinecone love.

Friday, September 23, from 3pm-7pm at Parkhil Stanley Community Centre, 4013 Stanley Rd SW. All proceeds to Calgary Nature Kindergarten. Advance tickets $20 per family. Advance tickets available until Wednesday, September 21 here on event brite

Walk the Land - Plant identification with herbalist Melanie Isles
1:00 pm13:00

Walk the Land - Plant identification with herbalist Melanie Isles

"Walk the land. Come to know one small patch of earth intimately. Stand on that ground until it becomes dear to you and then open your arms to the whole wide world." 
Ann Pelo, The Goodness of Rain

Walk the Land, with herbalist Melanie Isles
Part of our role as educators taking children outdoors is knowing the wild edible and medicinal plants and native species that we exist with - their names, their uses, their growing habits, their benefits and also their potential dangers. 

Common Digs is pleased to host our friend and herbalist, Melanie Isles of Full Bloom Herbals for an informative walk and discussion of the plants we can find in this bio-region. We will learn about plant safety, ethical harvesting, plant identification, uses of local plants and growing your own in your home or schoolyard garden. 

Located at Sandy Beach Park, Calgary. Space is limited to 12 participants.  
April 23, from 1pm - 3pm
$35 + gst per person

Register here:


Dec 18

Mindful Music Winter Camp

  • Red Deer Lake Community Center

Children's Commons Ecological Society Presents: Mindful Music Camp for 4-7 year olds

Give yourself a couple of days on your own to prepare for the holidays!  Proceeds go directly to support the operational costs of CCES Nature Kindergarten, Calgary's first tuition-free, nature-focused, outdoor kindergarten!

Find out more at:

10:00 am10:00

Seedy Saturday

Come visit us at the children's activity booth to do some Seedy arts! Talk to us about upcoming Forest School programs. 

Check out this link for event details and the other amazing organizations that will be attending.

3:25 pm15:25

Project Wild Thing at the Marda Loop Justice Film Festival

Come by and say hello at the Marda Loop Justice Film Festival on Saturday November 22, 2014. We'll be part of the post-film discussion panel for the film Project Wild Thing along side David Bond, director, Ashley Jones, producer and Deborah Doncaster of Earth Day Canada.

9:00 am09:00


MudFair celebrates World Forum's International Mud Day connecting children to nature. 

With fun family mud activities, mandala making, family yoga by Tracey Borden & meditation, live entertainment from Lucky Sonne, the local Firefighters and a Green Market (artisans, vintage curators and urban agriculturists with their locally grown produce) there is no shortage of things to do. Participation is by donation at the gate. All proceeds to Red Deer Lake Community Association for improvements to Lloyd Park.

Come for lunch! - Yummi Yogis, Savino Pizzeria and The Happy Fish Truck have all confirmed their participation in MudFair, so come on down, buy your lunch, enjoy the festivities and the beautiful woodland and wetland environment of Lloyd Park. 

Pick up some "good earth things" from Andrea Williamson Art, The Apple Lady, Common Digs, Curious Chickadee, Eat/Bake/Love, Halo Honey, Living Soil Solutions, Patterson Spring Farms, Peaks 'n Cheeks soap, Sabores, S.O.A.P and more!

Special thank you to Glacier Water Transport Service  for providing water for sprinklers and hoses to wash off mud and provide good clean fun! And to Water Solutions for providing drinking water so we can al stay hydrated!. 

If you'd like to volunteer or be a vendor at the Green Market please contact us for more information.

You can follow Common Digs on Facebook for more information about the event as we get it. 

Common Digs is helping to organize this event in support of the Red Deer Lake Community Association (RDLA) which operates the community centre where our indoor classroom for Forest School resides. RDLA also looks after the adjoining woodland and wetland nature space at Lloyd Park which we use for Forest School's outdoor environment. 

Sunday, June 29th, 2014 from 11am - 2pm at Lloyd Park. Lloyd Park is located 5 minutes west of Spruce Meadows just off 22x in Calgary, Alberta.