There are two ways to get involved and support your Nature Centre:
- Conservation Volunteers assist with projects like Coulee Clean-Up, Shoreline Clean-Up, and Invasive Weed Pulls. We work with a team of 1,800+ volunteers to help steward our 4,000+ acre river valley for the benefit of our wild neighbours. This is a great way for individuals or groups to get involved if you want to dedicate a few hours a year.
- Volunteer Naturalists assist with daily operations of the Nature Centre - helping to connect visitors to resources, exhibitions, and programs. We rely on a diverse team of 80+ volunteers to accommodate memorable moments of discovery for over 52,000+ annual visitors. This is a great way for individuals to get involved if you want to dedicate a few hours each month.
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.
Did you know? The City of Lethbridge is designated a Clean Shoreline Community. This means we are working collaboratively with the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup to engage more local volunteers to minimize our impact on the environment and keep it healthy. Litter is a critical issue facing all of Canada's waterways in communities across the country, from lakes and rivers to every ocean coastline.
Thank you to our conservation project sponsors:
Get involved with one of our upcoming conservation projects:
Coulee Clean-Up (April - May)
The health and safety of our volunteers, partners, and the community is our top priority. Following the advice of provincial and federal public health groups in relation to COVID-19, we have decided to postpone Coulee Clean-Up 2020.
We thank all of our volunteers for their continued support and look forward to re-launching our 13th year of Coulee Clean Up in the near future.
We hope you take the opportunity to get outside and visit your favorite coulee or explore a new park within the city. Please take care to follow proper physical distancing
Shoreline Clean-Up (May-September)
The health and safety of our volunteers, partners, and the community is our top priority. Following the advice of provincial and federal public health groups in relation to COVID-19, we have decided to postpone Shoreline Clean-Up 2020.
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.
Invasive Weed Pull (May- September)
The health and safety of our volunteers, partners, and the community is our top priority. Following the advice of provincial and federal public health groups in relation to COVID-19, we have decided to postpone Invasive Weed Pulls 2020.
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.
2. Volunteer Naturalists
Please note: as of March 16, 2020 new volunteer intake is currently on hold - complete an online applicaiton and we will follow-up with you directly when intake resumes.
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.
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