How We Do It
The Friends collaborate with volunteers to deliver programs, courses, events and activities throughout the year to help create informed users and preserve the ecological integrity of the park. New Wellness programs such as Yoga, Guided Meditation and Running Clinics provide innovative ways for people to relax, rejuvenate and reconnect with nature in Fish Creek.
PARK TOURS – In the Summer of 2014 we expanded on the Minibus program to include tours of the park that focus on the unique geology of this area, the wetlands, natural features, unique history, nature photography as well as private tours. Minibus tours provide people with accessibility issues and mobility problems a means to experience Fish Creek Provincial Park. Participation at community outreach events in the nearby communities enable the Friends to connect with and engage people about who we are, what we do and how they can help preserve the park.
EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS – Long standing educational programs like Speaker Series and the Birding Courses are primarily volunteer-run and attract hundreds of people a year to the park. These programs help inform community members about the wonders of the natural world both in and around Fish Creek Provincial Park, strengthen our message of environmental conservation and appreciation, and help increase the Society’s reach and the number of members we have.
YOU CAN SUPPORT OUR PARK – The majority of our educational programs receive little or no funding but are made possible by our skilled staff and dedicated volunteers. You can support the Friends by volunteering, making a donation, joining our new Park Protector monthly donor program, or by joining us as a member.
TD LEARNING NATURALLY NEEDS YOU!
In the 2012– 13 school year 3,678 students between grades K—6 were provided with an unforgettable learning experience in Fish Creek Provincial Park. Through the TD Learning Naturally program, children from 31 economically disadvantaged schools learned firsthand about the wonders of the natural world through programs like Insect Intrigue, Wildlife Cycles, Plant Communities, Wetlands, Tree Tales, the Fish Creek Family, Fish Creek Land Histories and Stories, and more.
This essential program has never been funded by the Provincial Government and its continuation is in jeopardy. The Friends of Fish Creek need your support in helping this program continue. Each programming day costs approx. $500 and enables 50 kids to learn about nature in Fish Creek Provincial Park. You can now support this program with a onetime donation of $20, $50, $100, $125, $250, $500 or another amount. Please consider this opportunity to enrich the life of a young person who otherwise would not have been afforded this opportunity. 100% of your generous donation will go directly to funding Learning Naturally and encouraging environmental stewardship in the next generation. You will receive a valuable tax receipt for your donation.
Volunteers help the Friends every single day in an endless number of ways. Volunteers help with special event planning and delivery (both in and outside of the park), Park Watch, Trail Care, Weed Whackers, Tree Wrapping, office help and many more programs throughout the year.
Our main goals are to:
- Raise awareness about environmental sustainability issues in Fish Creek by strengthening and enhancing our approaches to public awareness.
- Expand network of high-skilled volunteers, and improve and broaden partnerships with community organizations.
- Make the park more accessible to a wider range of people through education and community engagement.