How We Do It
Our role is to provide landscape scale, science-based support and advice for the conservation and protection of Alberta’s protected areas and wildlands. Albertans expect that our voice is at the table to address critical environmental issues with multiple stakeholders. Some of our success include the establishment of the Bow Valley Protected Area (1988), working to get overpasses built over the trans Canada highway in Banff National Park (1995) and seeing grizzly bears listed as “threatened” under the Alberta Wildlife Act (2010).
EDUCATION | Since 1997, CPAWS SAB has provided educational opportunities to communicate conservation messaging deeper into the community. We have reached nearly 100,000 students and teachers in Calgary and surrounding areas. Our programs include in-class programs, hikes and teacher workshops, from Grades 2-12. The focus of these programs includes grizzly bear ecology and conservation, endangered species and water conservation, and stewardship. By engaging elementary and secondary students in rich science and education experiences today, we are encouraging and mentoring the environmental stewards of tomorrow.
We seek to create a community of knowledgeable empowered citizens who engage in stewardship and positive action to conserve our natural areas and wildlife. Through our programs we connect kids to nature and give them a chance to go hiking – to learn about our Environmental Education Programs, refer to this Video.
PARKS | Canada’s national are critically important for both the preservation of nature, and for people’s ability to enjoy protected nature. Dedicated by law to be used so as to leave them unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations, they carry the legal mandate to be managed primarily for ecological integrity.
WILDERNESS | Southern Alberta’s wilderness contains a diversity of rich and diverse landscapes. From our picturesque prairie grasslands, rolling foothills, inspiring parklands, and into our cascading epic Rocky Mountains – these places are special to us all. CPAWS SAB is dedicated to the continual protection and preservation of our wilderness spaces for us today and for our children tomorrow.