What We Do
We are striving to continue the Sandy Cross’ legacy, and have made it our mission to be an example in conservation, by providing important space for wildlife, offering conservation education programs and supporting community conservation initiatives. We aspire to a day when the Conservation Area is recognized from the local to the international level as a model of sustainability, a leader in landscape-level approaches to management of protected areas and a key contributor to collaborative approaches in conservation.
The ASCCA showcases Alberta’s beautiful natural diversity with rolling foothills and a mixture of grasslands and aspen forests. We are unique in the way that we focus on a sustainable relationship with the land. Simply more than a destination for outdoor enthusiasts and hikers, it is a place for humans and nature to connect. It is home to over 400 plant species and an abundance of wildlife, and is also the first nocturnal preserve in Canada. We have welcomed thousands of youth and adults since our education program began in 1993, and we are excited to continue delivering important and engaging programming for years to come.
In the last year, we have:
- planted well over 100,000 trees through the wonderful efforts of the Junior Forest Wardens and through our partnership with the Carbon Farmer;
- taken steps to restore and protect the ASCCA, please take a look at our 25 Year Adaptive Management Plan which can be found here;
- begun to work on our stream monitoring program last summer; stream monitoring is one of the tools we use to determine how well we’re protecting the conservation area;
- engaged over 4300 students this year that landed on our doorstep as well as in their own schoolyards; and
- an education highlight was a weeklong Campus Calgary program with students who were new immigrants to Canada from over ten different countries. The teacher and students were both inspired and inspiring.