Field Trips

NOCI organizes field trips for its members and groups/organizations that request special tours. While we cannot guarantee seeing orchids in bloom at every location, we always see a variety of wildflowers. Bring your camera, meet new people, and enjoy various ecosystems throughout southern Manitoba.

You must sign the liability waiver and be a current NOCI member to participate in these trips. You may renew or become a member on the day of the trip. If you are a current member of an organization that has a group membership in NOCI, you may attend a group field trip or attend a NOCI field trip.

Registration Information
(after May 1, 2017)
An email will be sent with all the details and information required for the trips.

Email fieldtrips@nativeorchid.org
Phone 204-223-8209

Fees: Saturday trips are for members at $10 per adult / $5 per child under 18.
(Membership is $15 for 2017; you may join the day of the trip.)

Weekday evening trips are free and open to non-members.

Carpooling is in effect.

Depending on the weather, there is no guarantee what flora may be seen.
Dates may be altered according to conditions.
NOCI reserves the right to cancel or reschedule trips.

2017 Field Trip Schedule

Saturday, May 6 – Quest for the Crocus – Spring is here with the blooming of Manitoba’s provincial flowers along with early spring wildflowers in the Sandilands area.

Saturday, June 3 – Rembrandt Wildlife Management Area: A new field trip for NOCI members, this WMA is home to a variety of orchid species, including the rare ram’s-head lady’s-slipper, making it worthy of protection.

Saturday, June 10 – Eastern Interlake area along the beaches:  Explore the gravel and sand beach ridges of glacial Lake Agassiz, habitat forlady’s-slippers and other rare plants.

Tuesday, June 13 “Around Town” evening – A trek through Little Mountain Park with its groves of yellow lady’s-slippers.
No charge; open to the public.

Tuesday, June 20 “Around the Province” evening – Brokenhead Wetland Ecological Reserve: You’ve experienced the boardwalk during the day; now bring out the camera gear for evening shots.
No charge; open to the public.

Saturday, June 24 – Portage Sandhills:  Remains of the vast sand deposits of the Assiniboine Valley and the eastern edge of the Carberry sandhills, this Wildlife Management Area boasts the Brittle prickly-pear cactus (Opuntia fragilis) and pin-cushion cactus (Escobaria vivipara), along with other unusual species of flora and fauna.

Saturday, July 8 – East Braintree and Dawson Trail:  Along the Brokenhead River in southeastern Manitoba, explore the river flats, forests, Canadian Shield and orchid bogs, plus visit the Midwinter Heritage School site celebrating its 100th anniversary.

Saturday, July 15 – South Whiteshell Provincial Park and Lake of the Woods, northwestern Ontario:  Around the lakes, on top of the Precambrian Shield, and into the forests are many species of wildflowers and some of our lesser known later season orchids.

Tuesday, July 25 “Around Town” evening – St. Vital Park:  In 2008 the broad-leaved helleborine was discovered in Manitoba (previously its nearest recorded location was Itasca, Minnesota). We will explore how it is travelling through the province in this park.
No charge; open to the public.

Tuesday, August 8 “Around Town” evening – Wildwood Park Community Centre restored tall grass prairie.
No charge; open to the public.

Tuesday, August 15 “Around Town” evening – Henteleff Park: “Rooted in nature: a serene oasis for wildlife and people,” one of Winnipeg’s newest parks.
No charge; open to the public.