The Alberta Hunter Education Instructors' Association

The Alberta Conservation and Hunter Education Program is viewed as one of, if not the finest in North America. We work with instructors to provide material and information to perpetuate and enhance this excellent program. Through mentoring, information exchange, facility and equipment availability, and continued communication, we endeavor to present the best quality education in the many outdoor pursuits as possible.If you require more information, please feel free to contact us.

Goals and Objectives:

  • To promote the highest standard of sportsman behavior.
  • To teach and promote the ethical and humane treatment of fish, wildlife, and all other living creatures.
  • To support the improvement of Conservation Education.
  • To promote Hunter Education curriculum and instruction development.
  • To promote communication among all instructors in the Conservation Education and Hunter Education Programs.
  • To promote affiliation with Conservation and Hunter Education interest groups.

AHEIA Conservation Education Youth Programs: Our youth seminars are designed to help young people develop the basic skills that will help them explore and enjoy the outdoors with confidence. They will practice archery, shooting, map & compass and survival skills. Wildlife identification and fishing are also offered to participants. The seminars are co-educational and are offered to students from ages 12 to 21. Many who attend these seminars tell us that this is their first outdoor experience! There are a variety of follow up youth programs offered, as well, including fun and free activities on Provincial Hunting Day (4th Saturday of September annually), Outdoor Bound Mentorship Program for first time and novice hunters to be mentored by a seasoned mentor in the outdoors, secondary school accreditation through the National Archery in the Schools Program, and many other youth programs.

Outdoor Women’s Program: This program began in 1994 with the intent to encourage women to enjoy the great outdoors by providing opportunity to  gain confidence, increase competence, acquire experience and promote personal growth in skills pertaining to the out of doors. This program is not only educational, but is an excellent way for women across the province to come together and enjoy each other’s company at AHEIA’s beautiful Alford Lake facility. The days at OWP are jam packed with courses – from fly fishing to archery, quading to moccasin making, firearms basics to field dressing. OWP has something for every woman, aged 13 – 99, to learn and enjoy.

National Archery in Schools Program (NASP): This program is a joint venture between the state and provincial departments of Education and Wildlife. Several archery equipment manufacturers and organizations are also partners. The program promotes student education, physical education and participation in the life-long sport of Archery. In Alberta, the Alberta Hunter Education Instructors’ Association (AHEIA) is the coordinator of this program.

Pleasure Craft Operator Training Program (PCOT)Our comprehensive online course will provide essential information on important topics to help you prepare for the online Transport Canada Boating Safety Test for the Pleasure Craft Operator Card, a requirement to operate any motorized craft.Volunteer instructors are located throughout Alberta, delivering the many Conservation Education programs. There is always room for more volunteer instructors to deliver or to assist in the delivery of these highly acclaimed programs.

AHEIA is currently putting many of these excellent programs online, so that everyone with time and distance constraints to be able to access round the clock training. Follow up hands on programs at our outdoor wilderness facilities are offered to put what the student is learning into practice.

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