About Full Circle Adventures

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About Full Circle Adventures

Full Circle Adventures has been connecting people to nature for over 20 years. Our wild, edible plant walks, hikes, and snowshoe outings offer you a window into the intelligence of nature. We have learned from the Nakoda Sioux, Kutenai and Cherokee teachings as well as our own experiences.  Our staff are both of First Nations and European ancestry. They bring a deep caring to our edible wild plant programs . We hope to inspire your connection to the eco-regions you live in. 

By learning about Nature's wild edible plants you gain knowledge about Alberta's landscapes. You can become part of the web of life. Our guides take you into the wild places to learn nature’s wisdom together. Sign up and re-wild yourself!

 

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About Julie Walker

"I see the edible plants of the forest floor as a universal way for people to realize the value, (through food), of nature's intact native landscapes. I have a strong conservation ethic, so I love the idea of re-wilding our gardens. My own garden in Turner Valley is a great example of that, and I could feed three people throughout the year, quite easily with native plants!” – Julie Walker

Julie Walker is the owner and program director for Full Circle Adventures. She has a Bachelor degree in Physical Education, with a major in Outdoor Pursuits, from the University of Calgary,

Since 1987, Julie has built a successful career and business as a professional hiking guide, working extensively in Kananaskis Country, the Whaleback (Bob Creek Heritage rangeland) and Banff National Park.

Teaching clients about the plants located in the Alpine, Sub-Alpine and Foothills eco-regions makes her heart sing, as does sharing her extensive knowledge about the flora located therein, especially the native edible plant varieties.

Her work now mainly focuses on sharing knowledge about the value of building a strong ethic surrounding wild food harvesting and best practices as well as protecting the fragility of our natural food eco-systems.

Julie's vision is to engage and educate landowners, gardeners, as well as the herbal and foraging communities in southwestern Alberta, about preserving intact wildlands for the value these wildlands have of providing food and medicine. Her goal is to inspire ordinary people to grow native edible plants in their own backyards and gardens.

The SAIT Culinary School, Alberta Culinary and Tourism Alliance, Rouge restaurant, River Café, the Light Cellar, Wildlife Distillery, and the Blood First Nations are just some of the organizations Julie has and continues to work with, as well as the general public. She has created curriculum-linked outdoor programs for schools with the Calgary Catholic School District, rural schools, private schools and charter schools.

In the Winter, Julie teaches entry level cross country skiing.

Member of:

  • Interpretive Guides Association (IGA) 15 years
  • Canadian Association of Nordic Ski Instructions (CANSI) 30 years
  • Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) 7 years
  • Millarville Horticultural Society 2 years

Certifications:

  • Wilderness First Aid
  • IGA Professional Guide
  • CANSI Instructor - Level 1
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About Tim Patterson

Tim Patterson has been an outdoor professional for over 10 years, and has hiked and explored both the western parts of Canada and the United States. Originally from the Lower Nicola Indian Band that belongs to the Scw̓éxmx (“People of the Creeks”) a branch of the Nlaka’pamux (Thompson) Nation of the Interior Salish peoples of British Columbia Canada.Tim spent his youth camping, hiking and backpacking in the West Kootenay’s.

Tim holds a B.A. in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Lethbridge, where he did research on Indigenous identity and ways of knowing. Tim is certified as an ACMG Apprentice Hiking Guide and holds certifications from the IGA; OCC; WGA; BSA; and is an LNT Master Educator.

He is a recognized Indigenous Interpretive Guide and Educator teaching Indigenous ways of knowing and practices in mountainous environments with: the Interpretive Guides Association (IGA), the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society Southern Alberta (CPAWS), Mahikan Trails, and Full Circle Adventures.

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About Ross McGeachy

Ross McGeachy was born and raised in Scotland. His love of climbing took him to the UK, Europe, Canadian and US Rocky Mountains and Coastal Ranges. He has worked with Youth as a Youth Group Leader for City of Glasgow, Mountain Leadership Training in Cairngorms, Scotland. Ross's love of the mountains continues into the winter. He has been a Back-Country Ski Guide, Nordic Ski Patrol and Jackrabbit Leader in the Canadian Rockies.

Ross took the Adventure Travel Guide program at Thompson Rivers University; is Wilderness First Aid certified, has volunteered with Search and Rescue PEP SAR program and has years of mountain training. He is currently a hiking guide, natural history Interpretive Guide, a licensed river Raft Guide and Avalanche Tech 1. He has 30 years of study in Microbiology, Virology and Immunology.

Ross is a Dad, a Step-Dad, a Grandpa, and a Step-Grandpa at his home in Calgary, where he loves exploring nature with his wife and family.

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About Latifa Pelletier - Ahmed 

(Guest instructor)

Latifa Pelletier-Ahmed is a botanist, herbalist, wild forager and educator. She is currently based in Calgary Treaty 7 Territory where she is focusing on growing and supplying native plants.

Latifa has been working with plants for 15 years including research and field work. She is most familiar with plants in Northern and Southern Alberta, Coastal British Columbia, and Northwestern Europe. She is a former faculty member at Pacific Rim College in the Coast Salish territory of Victoria B.C. where she taught botany and horticulture, and introduced the first course on the nutritional value of wild food plants.

Latifa is qualified with a Master’s of Science in Herbal Medicine from London, UK and a Bachelor of Science in Botany from the University of Calgary. She regularly runs workshops across Western Canada focusing on plant identification, botany, wild edible plants, sustainable wild harvesting, and herbal medicine. She also runs a sliding-scale herbal medicine practice.

Latifa is pleased to be part of the Full Circle Adventure team, which recognizes the fragility of out native plant ecosystems. Knowledge of plant usage must be combined with stewardship, respect and humility. Let's re-wild our gardens and urban spaces!

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Julie,

I had the pleasure of joining you for your March 26th, Sunday Edible Plant Walk. I was most impressed! You have an obvious passion for plants, speaking about them with obvious fondness and awe, and a deep respect for First Nations culture. As well, you convey information about trees, shrubs, and flowers in an engaging way. Thank you for using your time and energy on behalf of the natural world.

– Janice Rider

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Some of our Programs

School Programs

Your class will become immersed in a local landscape to discover the knowledge of First Nations and the early Europeans. Our inter-disciplinary approach teaches:

  1. The human history of the land and early uses of plants.
  2. Inquiry-based learning about plant identification and uses.
  3. Exploratory learning about the relationships between trees, plants, sunlight and the animal interactions within the eco-systems.
  4. The human impact on the landscape over time. How different world views create very different outcomes for a landscape.
Edible Plant Hikes
Edible Plant Walks
a group on an edible plant hike
Viewing Wild Gooseberries

Newsletter

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