1. Conservation Project 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. Thank you to our conservation project sponsors: Pratt & Whitney Canada; B93; Country 95; Alberta Conservation Association; TD Friends of the Environment; Helen Schuler Nature Centre; Lethbridge Parks.
Get involved with one of our upcoming conservation 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 while enjoying the best Lethbridge has to offer! Click here to review the Coulee Clean-Up Handbook.
There are two ways to get involved with Coulee Clean-Up:
- For groups/families/organizations/teams
- All of our Drop-In Coulee Clean-Up dates for 2018 have now passed. Please plan to join us at a Public Drop-In Coulee Clean-Up in 2019. No pre-registration necessary, simply meet at the designated location on the corresponding date/time. Stay tuned to our social media pages and to this web page for more information as it is available.
Doggy Doo-Doo Pick-Up: (May)
Did you know? Even with 203 bag dispensers supplying over 600,000 doggy bags per year, there is still a problem of scat left behind in Lethbridge natural areas & parks! Picking up after your pet means other park users and dogs will not have the experience of stepping in the scat. It also helps to reduce the risk of polluting water and of exposing park users to bacteria and parasites that can occur in dog poo.
On Wednesday May 23 a team of 8 volunteers helped to magnify the issue of left behind scat at the Scenic Drive Dog Run - helping to scoop it, bag it, toss it, and flag it. There were 500 pink flags left behind for two weeks to show the intensity of the problem and encourage parks users to clean up after their dog.
Thanks to the Southern Alberta Group for the Environment (SAGE) for helping to organize the Doggy Doo-Doo Crew Pick-Up!
Invasive 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. We provide gloves, bags, and orientation so you know what to look for. No pre-registration necessary, simply meet at the designated location on the corresponding date/time.
All Invasive Weed Pulls take place from 5-8pm on the third Thursday of the month (May-August) at various locations throughout the City.
- 2018 Public Drop-In Invasive Weed Pull Calendar
- August 16 - Botterill Bottom Park
(meet at boat launch in Botterill Bottom Park)
*Please note Invasive Weed Pulls are recommended for adults and/or families with older children.
Shoreline Clean-Up: (May-September)
Do you want to help keep our local waterways clean? Join the Nature Centre at a shoreline clean-up to help better understand the types of garbage affecting Lethbridge's shorelines. Help pick up garbage along the banks of the Oldman River! We provide gloves, bags, and checklists to track the types of garbage found. Please plan to wear sturdy footwear, dress for the weather, and bring a friend! No pre-registration necessary, simply meet at the designated location on the corresponding date/time
Please contact us to organize your own Shoreline Clean-Up, we can provide the necessary supplies and support!
- 2018 Public Drop-In Shoreline Clean-Up Calendar:
- August 11 - Botterill Bottom Park, 1-3pm
(meet at boat launch in Botterill Bottom Park)
2. Volunteer Naturalists
Join our ongoing volunteer 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! Whether it is helping visitors connect with our exhibit program, answering questions, assisting with programs, reporting sightings from the trail, or helping out behind the scenes.
We are interested in connecting to discuss further 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
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 explore volunteer opportunities we are currently recruiting for
Click here to sign up as a volunteer naturalist!