There are two ways to get involved and support your Nature Centre:
- Conservation Volunteers assist with projects like Coulee Clean-Up, Shoreline Clean-Up, Invasive Weed Pulls, Tree Wraps, and Doggy Doo Doo Clean-Ups. 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 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 to get involved if you want to dedicate a few hours each month.
1. Conservation Project Volunteers
Litter is a critical issue facing all of Canada's waterways in communities across the country, from lakes and rivers to every ocean coastline. 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.
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. Stay up to date with Conservation Projects by joining our mailing list.
Thank you to our conservation project sponsors:
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!
All volunteers must review the Coulee Clean-Up Handbook:Coulee Clean-Up Handbook 2019.pdf
There are two ways to get involved with Coulee Clean-Up:
- For groups/families/organizations/teams/schools
- No pre-registration necessary, simply show up prepared at the designated location on the corresponding date/time to join a public drop-in clean-up - we will provide the gloves, bags, and support for a successful clean-up. Please plan to wear sturdy footwear, dress for the weather, and bring a friend! Be sure to review the Coulee Clean-Up Handbook before joining a clean-up so you know what to expect!
- Please note: all Coulee Clean-Up 2019 drop-in dates have now passed. Please join us at other conservation projects (Invasive Weed Pull, Shoreline Clean-Up) or contact us for supplies to lead your own clean-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.
- 2019 Public Drop-In Invasive Weed Pull Calendar
- Thursday June 20 at Galt Coulee in Indian Battle Park
- (meet at Galt Museum Parking Lot)
- Thursday July 18 at Elizabeth Hall Wetlands
(meet at EHW Parking Lot)
- Thursday August 15 at Botterill Bottom Park
(meet at Boat Launch Parking Lot)
*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.
Shoreline Clean-Ups generally take place from 6-8pm on the first Wednesday of the month (May-August) at various locations throughout the City.
- 2019 Public Drop-In Shoreline Clean-Up Calendar:
- Wednesday June 5, 6-8pm, at Indian Battle Park
- (meet at Helen Schuler Nature Centre)
- Thursday June 27, 2-3pm, at Indian Battle Park
(meet at Helen Schuler Nature Centre)
- Wednesday July 3, 6-8pm, at Nature Reserve Park
(meet at Helen Schuler Nature Centre)
- Wednesday August 7, 6-8pm, at Elizabeth Hall Wetlands
(meet at EHW Parking Lot)
Please contact us to organize your own Shoreline Clean-Up, we can provide the necessary supplies and support!
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 dog feces 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 feces. It also helps to reduce the risk of polluting water and of exposing park users to bacteria and parasites that can occur in dog feces.
On Wednesday May 23, 2018 a team of 8 volunteers helped to magnify the issue of left behind feces 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!
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.