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​​​ Did you know that the Nature Centre receives over 35,000 visitors and offers nearly 1,000 different programs each year?

Do you want to get more involved and make a difference in your community? There are many ways to support the Nature Centre:       


Support Nature Programs in Your Community 

 

Established in 1998, the Growing the Grassroots Endowment Fund supports the long-term health of nature-based interpretive programming at the Helen Schuler Nature Centre.   

There are many different ways to keep environmental education alive in your community. The Nature Centre gratefully accepts donations of any size, gifts-in-kind, memorial tributes, legacy gifts and special program or event sponsorship.  All donations of $15.00 or more are eligible for a tax receipt.  Your donations to the fund help:

  • Ensure the long-term health of quality environmental education within our community;
  • Maintain nature-based interpretive programs for all ages and abilities;
  • Promote environmental stewardship and nature appreciation!

For more information about the Nature Centre's Endowment Fund and sponsorship opportunities, please contact Curtis Goodman at (403) 320-3064 or e-mail hsnc@lethbridge.ca.

Thank you to our supporters!


 

Volunteer Opportunities

 

1. Project-Based Volunteers

The Nature Centre coordinates a variety of volunteer conservation projects throughout the year.  These projects are intended to improve our natural spaces and provide a conduit to bring our community together over their mutual appreciation of nature.  Here are a few of our ongoing projects:

Coulee Clean-Up: (April - May)

  • The Coulee Clean-up is a volunteer-driven initiative that removes garbage from the river valley.  Help restore our natural areas! Join a drop-in group or create a group of your own friends and family for the event.  You can even claim an area to work on year-round! 
  • Click here to see sign up for Coulee Clean-Up
  • Coulee Clean-Up Handbook
  • ​2017 Coulee Clean-Up Drop-In Calendar 
    • Saturday April 22, 1-3pm
      hosted by Shannon Phillips, MLA Lethbridge West 
    • Friday April 28, 4-6pm 
      hosted by Jo Jo Garden Design
    • Sunday May 7, 1-3pm
      hosted by Lethbridge Naturalists' Society 
    • Thursday May 11, 4-6pm
      hosted by CKXU Radio Society 
    • Thursday May 25, 6-8pm
      hosted by Friends of Helen Schuler Nature Centre Society 
    • Tuesday June 6, 6-8pm
      hosted by SeBuNa (Senator Buchanan Neighbourhood Association)
    • Register for a drop-in Clean-Up by emailing Curtis.Goodman@Lethbridge.ca or call 403-320-3064​
    • Interested in organizing a drop​-in clean-up?  Let us know! 
Weed Pull: (May- September)

  • Join the fight against invasive plant species! During our Weed Pull events volunteers help identify and remove invasive plant species from Lethbridge's natural areas in order to protect our local ecosystem.
  • Please note, this volunteer opportunity is recommended for adults and/or families with older children.
  • 2017 Weed Pull Calendar:
    • May 18 - Coulee Climb Trail
      (meet at Coalbanks Kiosk near Helen Schuler Nature Centre parking lot)
    • June 15 - Galt Coulee top
      (meet at parking lot near Galt Museum)
    • July 20 - Elizabeth Hall Wetlands
      (meet at parking lot of Elizabeth Hall Wetlands)
    • August 17 - Botterill Bottom Park
      (meet at boat launch in Botterill Bottom Park)
    • September 17 - Coulee Climb Trail
      (meet at Coalbanks Kiosk near Helen Schuler Nature Centre parking lot)

Shoreline Clean-Up: (May-September)

  • Do you want to help keep our local waterways clean? Join the Nature Centre and the Oldman Watershed Council at a shoreline clean-up. Help pick up garbage along the banks of the Oldman River!
  • Please contact us to organize your own Shoreline Clean-Up, we can provide the necessary supplies and support!
  • 2017 Shoreline Clean-Up Calendar:
    • June 3 - Indian Battle Park beach
      (meet at Helen Schuler Nature Centre)
    • July 22 - Nature Reserve Park
      (meet at Helen Schuler Nature Centre)
    • August 26 - Elizabeth Hall Wetlands
      (meet at Elizabeth Hall Wetlands parking lot)
    • September 30 - Botterill Bottom Park
      (meet at boat launch in Botterill Bottom Park)

2. Volunteer Naturalists


Join our team and become part of a community of people inspired by nature!  Our volunteers have a keen interest in the natural world around them and a love of sharing it with others.  

We are always seeking energetic individuals to assist us in our day-to-day operations!  If you:

  • love nature
  • enjoy working with people
  • have 6 - 8 hours a month
  • have a passion for life-long learning
  • are looking for a dynamic experience

Then, there are abundant opportunities at the Nature Centre and so many ways that you can get involved.  No experience necessary!  We provide the training and ongoing support.

Click here to see our volunteer opportunities

Click here to sign up!


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