Springtime in the Rockies Workshop

**Applications closed for 2018**

Activity Level  Light – Walking short distances
Age  7 & up
(children must be accompanied by an adult)
Maximum Students 20 students
Location  Valemount College Classroom
& Valemount Surrounding Area
What You Get* Nature’s Newborns Workshop
Photography for Beginners Workshop
A Helicopter Tour**
Two nights accommodation
Two breakfasts
*This course requires a minimum of 7 students to run. Refunds will be provided if the minimum requirements are not met.
**The helicopter tour is weather permitting. 





Nature’s Newborns – Learn how to identify the signs of wildlife and their young.

Photography for Beginners – Master your photography skills.

Helicopter Tours-*weather permitting* Fly above the mountains in all of their grandeur.



Spring is the time of year when the Rockies undergo a period of new life and rebirth.  This course includes field trips to identify the signs of wildlife with their young. It will focus on the deer family, but will also discuss other animals and their needs and habits during birthing time.

Topics covered include:

  •           Conception to birth (mating rituals)
  •           Birth and needs of the young
  •           Where will they be? (habitat)
  •           How humans should behave
  •           Spotting tracks and signs



Do you find that your photos never turn out like the real life image? Have you come across the most beautiful landscape but fumbled with your phone trying to figure out how to take a picture? If this sounds like something you’ve experienced, then we welcome you to join us to learn how to take photos using your cell phone, SLR, ipad, or polaroid. Local instructor Ruby Hogg will walk you through how to take good photos and what makes a stellar photo. Then go into the field and test your newfound skills with constructive feedback in a fun environment. Perfect for beginner photographers, individuals looking to advance their photography, and budding young photographers.

Topics covered include:

  •           Basic composition of a photo
  •           How to focus on your subject
  •           Tricks of the trade
  •           The elements of a good photo
  •          The beauty of panoramas
  •           Constructive feedback



Have you ever wondered what the world looks like from above? Take flight with Robson Helimagic for an intimate tour of the valley below. Small tours.



Day 1:

9am-11am   Classroom Nature’s Newborns

11am-4pm   Field Trip Nature’s Newborns


Day 2:

9am-10am   Classroom Portion Photography for Beginners

10am-11am   Photo tour

11:30am-12pm   Photo review (classroom)

12am-1pm   Lunch break

1pm-4pm    Heli tours of the Robson Valley *Weather permitting*


Bruce Wilkinson

Nature’s Newborns

This course will be taught by local naturalist, Bruce Wilkinson, who has lived and worked in the Robson Valley for over 30 years. He has been a wilderness guide, naturalist and wildlife interpreter, and has taught natural history at the post-secondary level. He loves sharing his knowledge of the area with others, and is well-known for his fun and entertaining presentations.


Ruby Hogg

Photography for Beginners

Ruby Hogg has been telling stories through photography for the past 5 years. She excels in outdoor photography and enjoys sharing the skills that she has learned with others. When not travelling the world, she can be found exploring the village of Valemount where she is currently based out of. See more at www.wideopenworld.ca


Matt Morison

Helicopter Pilot

Take to the skies with professional athlete turned helicopter pilot, Matt Morison. Warm and welcoming, Matt will make you feel safe and ensure you have an exhilarating flight. With several years experience in the pilot seat and exploring the Robson Valley, he is sure to take you on the flight of a lifetime. Find out more at www.robsonhelimagic.com



Accommodation is provided locally here in Valemount.


  • Packed Lunch (Day 1)
  • Waterbottle
  • Snacks
  • hiking shoes
  • layers for cold/wet weather
  • jacket
  • sweater
  • extra socks
  • notebook & pencil
  • camera/cell phone


Participants must bring a packed lunch and snacks for the field trip on day 1. There will be no establishments nearby to purchase lunch on the field trip. For Day 2, we have linked a list of recommended diners to enjoy in Practical Information.

Refunds will be given in the event that the helicopter is unable to fly.

Full payment is required at the time of enrollment to hold your seat as courses fill up quickly and space is limited to 20 students.