Rick Valley of Six Glaciers Banff NP-2793


Over his career, Rick has:

  • worked in two of Canada’s national parks as an interpretive naturalist;
  • held the positions of Regional Park Interpreter and Visitor Services Specialist with Manitoba Provincial Parks;
  • established a successful consultancy practice providing education and communication services to business interests, government agencies and not-for-profit societies;
  • taught within the Department of Geography at the University of Victoria for nearly 20 years with a focus on the planning and management of parks and protected areas, forestry, fisheries, and wildlife;
  • taught for four years within the Environmental Science undergraduate program and two years within the Masters of Environmental Education and Communication at Royal Roads University;
  • planned, organized and led field trips for small groups of senior undergraduate students;
  • produced many independent and sponsored short documentaries from conception to completion;
  • produced and host two radio talk shows focused on local and regional environmental issues;
  • worked as an environmental specialist for a local television station reporting on camera during the 6 news cast as well as co-producing and co-hosting a half-hour environmental news magazine style show;
  • researched and wrote a book, “Phantom Parks: The Struggle to Save Canada’s National Parks” which became a best seller in Canadian non-fiction category;
  • provided strategic leadership and hands-on management in the development of a national ocean science education program over a 4 year span;

See Rick’s LinkedIn profile for more details.

For his work as a dedicated environmental educator and communicator, Rick was made a Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society in 2016.

Credentials & Qualifications

BSc. University of Manitoba (Zoology)

MA. University of Victoria (Geography)


* Assistant Bear-Viewing Guide Certificate
* Advanced Marine and Wilderness First Aid and CPR
* Indigenous Awareness Certificate
* Marine Emergency Duties A2
* Restricted Operator’s Certificate

Professional Associations

Director, Victoria Natural History Society

Director, Elder’s Council for Parks in British Columbia

Professional Member: Canadian Tour Guide Association