Ellis Bird Farm is open for the 2014 season! Check out our events, workshops and programs, visit the Tea House for delicious food and linger in the gardens.

Welcome to Ellis Bird Farm

Located in the heart of central Alberta, Ellis Bird Farm is both a working farm as well as a non-profit organization dedicated to the conservation of Mountain Bluebirds, Tree Swallows and other native cavity-nesting birds. Drop-in visitors and tour groups are welcome at Ellis Bird Farm during the summer months, when we are open to the public. We invite you to stroll the trails, enjoy the beautiful gardens, see the world’s largest outdoor collection of bluebird nest boxes, take a tour out to our bluebird trail, visit the Visitor Centre and linger in the Tea House. We invite you to visit us! Enjoy a country drive in Central Alberta, find directions to Ellis Bird Farm here.

Ellis Bird Farm Gardens

Stroll through beautiful gardens, designed and maintained with the environment and wildlife habitat as a priority.
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More workshops coming up in August!

July 27th, 2014

Two more photography courses, an Artist Trading Card Workshop, Youth Theatre, Day Camps and Knee HigRead More

Bug Jamboree Aug 9th!

Bug Jamboree Aug 9th!

July 21st, 2014

Mark your calendar to join us for our annual Bug Jamboree! And don't forget to submit your photo Read More

*Please note that reservations are recommended for the Tea House, especially on Sundays. Phone 403-586-4547 for reservations*
Youth Plant Talk Theatre @ Ellis Bird Farm
Jul 31 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Instructor: Abrah Arneson

Ages: 8-12

Spend a magical afternoon discovering the secret life of plants, making a mask and giving the plant world a voice to communicate with humans. During the afternoon you will learn about the many ways plants help human beings and how human beings can help plants. Invite your parents to participate as audience members for the final part of the afternoon when Plant Talk Theatre is performed.

Flora and Fauna Artist Trading cards
Aug 2 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Artist Trading Cards (ATC’s) are miniature works of art about the same size as

modern baseball trading cards, cards are produced in various media, including dry

media (pencils, pens, markers, etc.), wet media (watercolor, acrylic paints, etc.) and

mixed media then traded with other artists. There are ATC trading swaps in most

major cities world wide.


Join us at the Ellis Bird Farm to spend time amongst the gardens creating your own

ATC’s. We will look at the history of Artist Trading Cards, review examples of ATC’s,

tour the Ellis Bird Farm gardens for inspiration and then create your own miniature

works of art. The afternoon will commence with a trading session amongst all



This workshop is open to all ages.

Instructor: Cynthia Pohl, EBF Head Gardener and Designer

Lunch: please bring a picnic lunch or book lunch at our quaint tea house, the original home of Charlie and Winnie Ellis.


Beginner Photography @ Ellis Bird Farm
Aug 5 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
*Please note that this is a one day course. There is a repeat of the workshop offered on August 5th.*
Instructor: Adrian Thysse

Introduction to Photography with the Digital Single Lens Reflex Camera (DSLR)

For new and prospective owners of a DSLR, this workshop will help you understand your camera and how to use it. We will cover camera functions and handling as well as provide information on lenses, equipment and accessories. Then, we will work on understanding exposure, composition and techniques: all the skills needed to create the photographs you imagine. The afternoon session will include practice sessions on the grounds of the Ellis Bird Farm. If you already have a DSLR and other equipment, please bring it, otherwise some loaner equipment will be available for use.

  • AM Intro to the DSLR, Equipment and Accessories.
  • PM Understanding Exposure.Basic Skills, Composition,Techniques and Practice.


About Adrian:


I am a freelance photographer and writer based in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

The province of Alberta is unique in Canada in that it contains within its boundaries a wide variety of landscapes and habitats that provide a broad range of subject matter for the naturalist to explore. From the northern boreal forest and lakes, the mountains in the west, the prairies to the east and the arid southern badlands; Alberta has a wealth of opportunities for the passionate nature photographer. I explore this natural world with my camera — from vast landscapes through rural farmlands and down to the smallest details.

Alberta’s wealth lies not only in its natural places, but also in the people who live here, past and present. From the First Nations to the descendants of the first traders, ranchers and farmers, Alberta now sustains a diverse population from all corners of the globe. Agriculture, forestry and the oil industry all interact throughout the province, sometimes creating tension, but often working together in a sort of harmony. I explore this  human environment, photographing the remnants of the first settlers as well as agricultural and industrial landscapes, with the hope of eventually portraying the lifestyles and interactions of the diverse people who make Alberta home.

While Alberta is my home base, I do not limit myself to this province. I am interested in projects throughout western Canada and into the Yukon and Northwest Territories, and I look forward to doing work in tropical rain-forest environments.

Knee High Naturalists @ Ellis Bird Farm
Aug 6 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Program is designed for 3 – 7 year olds

A program designed specifically for the Knee High Naturalists in your family! Enjoy an hour of nature based hands-on activities for young children. Plan to stay after the program for an ice cream at the Tea House or a picnic lunch!

Bug Jamboree @ Ellis Bird Farm
Aug 9 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Join us for our Annual Bug Jamboree! Explore and learn all about the insects around us though the expertise of Alberta bug enthusiasts. Enjoy a butterfly count, entertainment and crafts too!

Check out the  kid’s hot dog special at the Tea House!

Day Camp
Aug 11 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Spend the day at Ellis Bird Farm exploring the sights and sounds, building a nestbox, pond dipping and more!

Ages 6-10

Please pack a bag lunch and water bottle.

$25 per participant

Waivers are required for this program. If your child will be dropped off with someone other than a legal guardian, please contact us ahead of time to make arrangements for signing the waiver.

Upcoming Events

IMG_0135 View Calendar Drop-in, join one of our programs or participate in our special events.

Tea House

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Delicious Home Cooking Visit the Tea House for tea, lunch or an ice cream!


beaver May 8 Watch LIVE We have live webcams up and running in several lodges; take a peek!

Support Us

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA How to Help Donations are welcome and gratefully accepted at Ellis Bird Farm.

Bird Farm Blog

Check out the Bird Farm Blog for the latest stories, pictures and videos from Ellis Bird Farm!

Tracking Bluebirds


Bluebirds are being banded and fitted with geo-locators at Ellis Bird Farm so researchers can track their migrations. Check out the video by CBC! http://www.cbc.ca/player/News/Technology+and+Science/ID/2462971792/  

Evening Event a Great Success!


A good time was had by all at our Annual Evening Event on July 18th. 75 people sipped beverages and enjoyed a lovely beef dinner prepared by the Ellis Bird.. read more

Pollinator Photo Contest!


Pollinators are keystone species upon which the health of most life forms and ecosystems depend. Populations of these species are declining world wide, primarily due to habitat loss through development.. read more