How We Do It
Glenbow Ranch Park Foundation’s goal is sustainability. Our aim is to provide public programs and carry out research into the park’s native grasslands while ensuring that we have sufficient funding to do so for many years into the future. To make this happen, we seek out grants and sponsorships, and charge small fees for our programs. Every dollar that you contribute to the foundation or spend to participate in one of our programs goes to support the development and delivery of quality programming and events that raise public awareness about the park’s valuable natural and cultural resources.
The GRPF is responsible for the Park’s Visitor Services. The Centre is run mostly by volunteers and offers wonderful exhibits on the parks hisotry.
We are responsible for all public programs at the park. From park talks to interpretive golf cart tours and family programs, it’s the Foundation at work! Our Discover Archaeology and Discover Grasslands school outreach programs are our connections directly into your community. Our educator visits schools in Calgary and Rockyview County armed with artifacts, and exciting activities and leaves students excited and looking forward to sharing what they learned with their parents.
We also offer field trip opportunities to anyone who contacts us. From school classes, Girl Guides and Scouts to church groups and bridge clubs, we strive to tailor our tours to meet everyone’s needs and interests.Our pond program which takes visitors down to our pond and gives them a chance to get dirty while learning about the ponds important ecosystem is a hit with our younger audiences and their parents alike.
We currently have one devoted staff person for all our programming. This staff person does his best to offer programming to as many school and visitors as he can. The only limit to how many people we can reach with our programming is our man-power!
Grassland ecosystems play an important role in providing clean water, producing rich forage for wildlife, and removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.
The Foundation has a rich history of collaborating with environmental groups, Universities, Governments, corporations and other non-profit organizations on many initiatives like our most recent Pollinator Citizen Science Project and ongoing fescue research.
The park is a wonderful place for relaxation, recreation, rejuvenation, and inspiration. We have been told more than once that Glenbow Ranch Park is a favorite destination and that once you have visited – you return regularly. This is why our stewardship committee is so devoted to the park – they have formed a personal connection with it. From maning the Visitor’s Centre to pulling weeds, they are up to any task that will support the park and we could not do the work we do without them and our other volunteers. We hope to reach out to more volunteers from all walks of life as we grow this Foundation.
We depend on private and public financial support for our programs and park development initiatives. donations to the Foundation guarantee the ongoing success of what visitors experience at Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park. Our friend-raising and fundraising efforts ensure that we fulfill our mission today and tomorrow.