“To engage the community through education and awareness to conserve a truly unique naturalized urban park”
The Friends of Fish Creek Provincial Park Society was established in 1992 and became a registered charity in 1994. Most of the volunteer opportunities in the Park are organized through the Friends. Located in South Calgary, Fish Creek Provincial Park is one of the largest Provincial Parks in Canada within an urban centre. It encompasses 1348 hectares and three of Alberta’s natural regions: grasslands, parkland, and foothills forest.
One of the many ways we serve our mission is through education. We invite speakers from various backgrounds to speak on a wide range of topics, including speakers from the University of Calgary, the Calgary Zoo, Trout Unlimited, and experts in animal tracking and conservation. Topics include animals found in the Park, information on the Park’s ecosystem and plants, and issues facing today’s Parks and Protected Areas. People who attend the Friends’ monthly speaker series learn all kinds of interesting tidbits on the creatures that call Fish Creek Provincial Park home.
We also offer special learning opportunities throughout the year, such as wildlife tracking workshops, butterfly walks, and historical walking tours. Additionally, we help support the initiatives of the Fish Creek Environmental Learning Centre, which reaches more than 10,000 school children every year as well as thousands of families through their programs.
The Friends work closely with Park staff to help ensure that Fish Creek Provincial Park continues well into the future.
About FRIENDS OF FISH CREEK PROVINCIAL PARK SOCIETY
The Friends have developed programs to help foster community involvement, educate the public about the wonders of the Park and the natural world, and to protect this precious resource. Our programs encourage people to respect the Park and take responsibility for its well-being. We encourage people to enjoy the Park through recreational activities, and provide ways for the community to contribute to an area that means so much to them.
Throughout the year we have special one-day events for people to enjoy. Last year, due to the flooding, we had over 750 people pitch in to help out. Our annual events include: Purge-the-Spurge
Volunteers help “weed out” leafy spurge, a nasty invasive weed, at this one of a kind event. Tackle-the-Tansy and Battle-the-Burdock are new programs that the Friends are initiating this year. Invasive plants are becoming an increasing problem within the Park, squeezing out native vegetation and wildlife, and reducing biodiversity.