What is the Helen Schuler Nature Centre?
We are a team of volunteers, staff, and partners dedicated to offering a wide range of interactive experiences that connect people to their local natural heritage. In doing so, we foster a community of environmentally aware and responsible citizens.
Inspired by Nature! Our community values and cares for our local natural environment.
Opened in 1982, the Helen Schuler Nature Centre is operated by the City of Lethbridge. In its first year of operation, over 8,500 people visited the Nature Centre and took part in the programs. By 1984, more space was needed, so an additional programming room and offices were added. The Nature Centre has changed and grown with the community, and now receives more than 47,000 visitors each year!
Helen Schuler and Elizabeth Hall were two of the key people behind the creation of the Helen Schuler Nature Centre. These exceptional individuals invested more than 20 years of effort towards the preservation of the Oldman River Valley in Lethbridge. Together, these ladies were the motivating force behind the establishment of environmental education programs for local school children. These programs led to the creation of the Helen Schuler Nature Centre.
Who was Helen Schuler?
Helen Schuler was a local environmentalist. She was instrumental in establishing environmental education programming in local schools. These programs became so successful they eventually played a major role in the development of the Nature Centre. Helen Schuler passed away from cancer in 1977, at age 46. Her contributions and concern for the environment are remembered in the dedication of the Nature Centre.
Who was Elizabeth Hall?
Elizabeth Hall was a City Alderman who worked hard to promote environmental awareness and concern within our community. During her nine years on city council, Elizabeth Hall aimed to ensure the river valley would be developed in such a way as not to disturb the natural environment. She passed away from cancer in 1987 at age 63. Her memory will forever be preserved in the naming of the Elizabeth Hall Wetlands on the west side of the Oldman River near the CPR High Level Bridge.