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 Hank Snow of the Nakoda Sioux, Tim Patterson of the Interior Salish, Alvin Manychiefs of the Blackfoot and Canadian authors, such as Linda Kershaw and Terry Willard, as well as our own outdoor guiding and foraging experiences, regarding local edible plants.
Our staff bring a deep caring and years of experience to our edible wild plant programs. We hope to inspire a deeper connection between you and the eco-regions you share and love, through natures wild edibles.
Learning from Nature brings us closer to our roots, our heritage and helps us gain knowledge about ourselves and about Alberta's landscapes. The relationships between the trees, plants and animals show us the natural community of the web of life. In becoming part of the web, we gain a sense of place and belonging to the land where we live.
I invite you to Re-wild yourself on one of our Edible Plant outings and begin the journey of more intimately knowing nature!
Meet our team below...
"I see the edible plants of the forest floor as a universal way, for people to realize the value, 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 is a great example of that, and I could feed four 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 (BPE), 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.
Her focus is to build an understanding of wild food harvesting, through the plant and animal communities who depend on each other. This knowledge helps develop 'best practices', to protect the fragility of our natural food eco-systems.
Julie's vision; is to engage and educate landowners, gardeners, foragers and the outdoor recreation community, about the value of preserving intact wildlands.
To inspire home owners to grow native, edible plants in their own backyards is a successful outcome.
In the Winter, Julie teaches entry level cross country skiing.
- Interpretive Guides Association (IGA) 15 years
- Canadian Association of Nordic Ski Instructors (CANSI) 30 years
- Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) 7 years
- Millarville Horticultural Society 2 years
- Wilderness First Aid
- IGA Professional Guide
- CANSI Instructor - Level 1
- U of C Degree BPE - major in ODPU
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.
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) and works with Full Circle Adventures.
- ACMG Apprentice Hiking Guide
- IGA Master Interpreter
- OCC instructor
- Wilderness Guides Association
- LNT Master Educator.
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. She is the co-owner of ALCLA 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 for 2 years, and introduced the first course on the nutritional value of wild food plants.
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!
- Master’s of Science in Herbal Medicine from London, UK
- Bachelor of Science in Botany from the University of Calgary.
- Standard First Aid and Level C CPR/AED
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:
- The human history of the land and early uses of plants.
- Inquiry-based learning about plant identification and uses.
- Exploratory learning about the relationships between trees, plants, sunlight and the animal interactions within the eco-systems.
- The human impact on the landscape over time. How different world views create very different outcomes for a landscape.