Volunteer Projects

If you are interested in volunteering but unsure what for, contact our Volunteer Coordinator Dianne Pachal.

Want to be notified of volunteer events and updates? Fill out the form, submit it and we will add you to our volunteer email list.

20th Anniversary Knapweed Rodeo - Pitch In & Celebrate!

Saturday July 26, Blakiston Fan

Mother and son show off their work at the Knapweed Rodeo Knapweed Rodeo
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Howdy partner - help us corral this Waterton weed!

  • Celebrate 21 years of keeping this weed corralled.
  • Pitch in and head-off a stampeded of billions of weed seeds.
  • Great for families, individuals and groups.
  • No experience necessary – just a willingness to help pick and bag knapweed.
  • Free lunch and equipment provided.
  • RSVP here for lunch and FREE day-entry into Waterton Lakes National Park.
  • Volunteer for a half-day shift (or longer!).

Knapweed is an invasive plant that can take over native landscapes by releasing toxins from its roots and producing 12,000 or more seeds from a single plant. By pulling knapweed before it goes to seed, we can keep this weed corralled. Oh, and don't forget your cowboy hat!

For more information, email Dianne Pachal or phone (403)-859-5107.

Whitebark / Limber Pine Tree Planting

September

A volunteer from a local school helps plant whitebark pine seedlings Whitebark Pine Tree Planting
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There are few greater experiences in Waterton than spending time in the mountains on a clear and sunny day in September. Come experience the majesty of autumn in Waterton while helping to restore a vital species.

Parks Canada staff are in a race against time to save whitebark pines. These slow-growing, long-lived trees occupy windswept rocky slopes in high-elevation forests throughout the Rocky Mountains. Despite their small numbers, they play a vital role in the ecosystem.

These important trees are in danger of completely disappearing from Waterton Lakes National Park, due to a combination of stressors: the invasive white pine blister rust, a history of fire suppression, and the threat of mountain pine beetles. This fall, come roll up your sleeves, enjoy the crisp mountain air and beautiful scenery and help plant whitebark pine in Waterton.

For more information, email Dianne Pachal or phone (403)-859-5107.

Adopt-a-Patch: Protecting Wild Spaces

Late May to September

A volunteer works on her adopted patch of weeds Adopt-a-Patch: Protecting Wild Spaces
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Waterton may well be the wildflower capital of Canada. With over 1,000 vascular plants, including hundreds of colourful wildflowers, Waterton’s biodiversity is truly special. However, introduced invaders threaten our natural beauties. Each summer, dedicated park crews work hard to combat introduced invasive weeds, and you can help too.

Come work alongside our weed control specialists or bring a group and park staff will help you ‘adopt-a-patch’ of weeds to tackle. Your efforts will help to keep Waterton’s wildflowers blooming for visitors and the many animals, bugs, and birds that depend on them. Flexible opportunities for individuals and groups of all ages exist. You will be given free entry to the park on the day of your volunteer experience and will be encouraged to spend some time exploring or relaxing as well.

For more information, email Dianne Pachal or phone (403)-859-5107.

Native Plant Gardens

Orientation and first work bee, late May, then ongoing as volunteers' time permits through September

Our two, native plant gardens located in the Waterton Community are a great introduction to native plants for visitors, the local community and volunteers alike. The gardens are maintained by volunteers, who also help with planting native transplants into them. The transplants originate from our Wildflower and Native Grasses Seed Collection volunteers. In prior years, some of the native plants took over. So volunteers also work to give other plants their garden space and add labels.

For more information or to volunteer email Dianne Pachal or phone 403 859 5107.

Wildflower and Native Grasses Seed Collection

Events held once or twice a month, mid-June to September

A volunteer collecting native plant seeds Wildflower and Native Grass seed Collection
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More than half the species of flowering plants recorded in Alberta can be found in Waterton Lakes National Park, making it an unsurpassed place to see flowering plants and help in the restoration of their habitat.

Waterton and Glacier National Park in Montana form the Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park. Staff and volunteers from the Peace Park collect native plant seeds. The seeds are then grown to seedlings at Glacier’s state-of-the-art nursery, after which they are returned to Waterton to help restore their grassland homes and fill our demonstration native plant gardens.

For more information or to volunteer email Dianne Pachal or phone 403 859 5107.

Special Event Volunteers 

Do you enjoy working with people? Do you like being where the action is? Consider volunteering for one of our special events in Waterton. Every year we look for interested volunteers to fill roles such as traffic control, face painters and other tasks. If you have a particular talent for having fun you could be our wonderful mascot, Parka.

Volunteering for special events gives you the opportunity to interact with others and participate in a dynamic atmosphere. Shift lengths for various tasks are approximately three hours and you and your family will be provided with free entry to the park.

For more information email our Visitor Experience Product Development Officer or phone (403)-859-5167.