Rick Valley of Six Glaciers Banff NP-2793

Rick Searle has an extensive breadth and depth of knowledge and expertise that make him an uncommon and outstanding guide and naturalist.

Possessed with a passion to learn all that he can about the natural and cultural history of the places he visits, Rick also thrives on sharing what he has learned (or still is learning) with enthusiastic life-long learners who sign up for the trips he leads.

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