Hands-on Nature Workshop Series
Mar
22
to Sep 20

Hands-on Nature Workshop Series

We are so excited to offer our first series of workshops for adults in the 2018-2019 year. Partnering with local experts, each month we will offer a unique experience that will feed your brain, your soul and sometimes your tummy! Leave each workshop with a feeling of know-how and sense of connection to community. Our tentative line up is here:

November 22, 2018 - Winter Wellness with Melanie Stevens-Isles from Full Bloom Herbals

February 2019 - Garlic Love with Cheryl Greisinger from Forage and Farm

March 2019 - Flower and Vegetable Garden Planning with Jodi Grayson from BeeLeaf Blooms

April 2019 - Sourdough Bread Making

More workshops are in the works as well in Fermentation, Pie Making, Foraging, Canning, Jamming & Pickling, as well as outdoor skills.

Purchase each individual workshop through the workshop button.

Have a workshop you’d love to attend - let us know. We’d love to hear about it.

Have a workshop you’d like to offer - let us know. We’d love to hear about it

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Mud Fair
Jun
23
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 - Kick off the day with a children's 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. 

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, Common Digs Forest School and CCES Calgary Nature Kindergarten. Advance tickets are your best price and help us to plan for how many people will be in attendance. 
Early bird online tickets $20.00 per family; After June 13th, online tickets $25.00 per family. $35.00 at door

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Winterfest
Feb
23
1:00 PM13:00

Winterfest

Winterfest 2019 promises to be an afternoon full of wintertime fun! Come enjoy some mulled wine by the fire, indulge in homemade goodies at the cash bake sale, bid on some amazing silent auction items, and participate in various indoor & outdoor activities and crafts, enjoy live music - fun for the whole family!

We are snow excited to see everyone at Winterfest 2019!

Purchase your tickets here.

FAQs

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

There is parking at the event. The parking lot fills up quickly, so roadside parking may be required. No vehicles can pick up or drop off in the fire lane.

Where do I go when I get there?

The check-in table is inside the hall. Have your electronic ticket downloaded and ready, this will
help with check-in. Activies will be taking place outside and inside the hall. Walk around and enjoy all that Winterfest has to offer!

What can I bring into the event?

This is a snow or shine event with many outdoor activities– please dress for the weather.  Bring cash for food and beverages, there is no ATM available onsite. Please leave furry friends at home, we couldn’t find pet-sized snowshoes and no animals are allowed inside the community centre. 

Where is Red Deer Lake Community Association?

From Calgary, take highway 22x West. Turn South on 53rd Street SW and follow the signs to the Community Centre

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Winter Wellness from Full Bloom Herbals
Nov
22
6:00 PM18:00

Winter Wellness from Full Bloom Herbals

Winter Wellness Workshop
The first in the Hands-on Nature Workshop Series

Winter wellness - Herbal Solutions for Seasonal Illness. In this 2-hour workshop you will learn how to support the immune system to prevent common winter illnesses. 

This practical class will cover plant based treatment of common symptoms of colds and flus. You will leave feeling confident about choosing which herbs to use in any situation. Recipes and easy to apply solutions will be shared.

This workshop is offered by Melanie Stevens-Isles of Full Bloom Herbals.

The Hands-on Nature Workshop Series is offered in partnership with the Red Deer Lake Community Centre. All workshops are located at the Community Centre just 5 minutes west of Spruce Meadows off of Hwy 22x.

Space is limited. Book your ticket here.

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Forest School - Parent Information Afternoon
Jan
20
2:00 PM14:00

Forest School - Parent Information Afternoon

For parents interested in registering their child for the September 2018 and subsequent semesters Forest School program for pre-school aged children. Attend the Parent Information afternoon event to hear about the philosophy, tour the classroom and outdoor spaces and ask questions. Registration will open following the Parent Information afternoon. This event is organized for parents. There will be opportunities in the future for parents and children to attend. 

Register to attend here

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for the love of Pinecone
Sep
23
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

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Walk the Land - Plant identification with herbalist Melanie Isles
Apr
23
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:
http://www.commondigs.com/educatorworkshopregistration

 

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Dec
17
to Dec 18

Mindful Music Winter Camp

  • Red Deer Lake Community Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/mindful-music-winter-camp-ages-4-7-tickets-19626835393

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Mar
21
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. 

http://seedysaturdaycalgary.shawwebspace.ca/pages/view/event_details/

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Nov
22
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. 

http://www.justicefilmfestival.ca/festival.php/loc%7Cmardaloop

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MudFair
Jun
29
9:00 AM09:00

MudFair

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. 

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