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Volunteer event dates and updates


Volunteers and staff identify a butterfly Adopt-a-Patch volunteer Louis Everett

Check back for updates on dates and locations or add your name to our volunteer events and updates email list.

To register as a volunteer for any of the following projects or events, phone 403 859-2224 or fill in the form indicating the name of the project you are interested in within the message box of the form.


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For those with their own camera equipment and capable of taking high-quality photographs that fulfill the details of a shot-list.

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Shoreline Cleanup

Completed May 9

Spring cleaning has never been so scenic!

Way to go everyone - visitors, residents and volunteers alike - for keeping Waterton’s shores free of litter! By all accounts, the park’s 16 shoreline and dock volunteers, together with Awesome Adventure’s five volunteer divers and young kayakers had a great day removing litter from the waters of the marina and the shores of Emerald Bay and Driftwood Beach on Upper and Middle Warterton Lakes. We were all heartened by only finding what amounted to two garbage bags full of litter; from beverage containers (the most common) to buckets.

The diver’s most unusual find was a Blackberry smartphone and a pair of pants at the bottom of the marina. For the shoreline volunteers, it was a few construction nails and a sidewalk paving brick that stood out.

Mark September 12 on your calendar for the Cameron Bay shoreline cleanup.

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Campground Hosts

May 15 - Sept. 19, 2015 – Belly River Campground (primitive facilities)
May 19 – June 15, 2015 – Crandell Mountain Campground

Volunteer for at least two weeks at a time.

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Spring Flowering Plant Count

Saturday May 30, 8.30am

Held the morning of and in conjunction with the Volunteer Season Kick-Off event.

Location: Meet outside the Waterton Lakes National Park Visitor Center, located on the Entrance Road (Highway 5).

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Volunteer Season Kick-Off

Saturday May 30 (noon hour and early afternoon)

Location: Resource Conservation board room in the Parks Canada compound, located along the Entrance Road (Highway 5), on the right-hand side, prior to the Visitor Centre and community of Waterton.

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  • We'll provide refreshments and sweets, BYOL (bring your own lunch)
  • Meet follow volunteers. Overview of the upcoming volunteer season and opportunities.
  • Volunteer orientation. Introduction to Native Plant Gardens and Adopt-a-Patch volunteer programs with work bees for each to follow.
  • Find more information on Native Plant Gardens and Adopt-a-Patch.

Please RSVP to Dianne Pachal or phone 403 859-5107 so we have enough sweets and volunteer materials for all.

Native Plant Gardens

Orientation and first work May 30 and then ongoing work as volunteer’s time permits through September

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Spring Bird Count

Saturday June 6 and Sunday June 7

Organized by the Lethbridge Naturalists Society in collaboration with Waterton Lakes National Park. Self-service materials (record sheets, maps) to conduct the count will be posted at the Fire Hall in Waterton community. 

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Wildflower and Native Grasses Seed Collection

Half-days mid-June through August. Dates to be announced.

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Canada Day - Special Event Volunteers

July 1

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Butterfly Count

Tuesday July 21, 8.30am - 4.00pm, Waterton Community Centre 

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Adopt-a-Patch Blitz Day, July 24.

There will be a full orientation for new members and a blitz on the patches. Ongoing work will continue as volunteer’s time permits, through September.

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22nd Annual Knapweed Rodeo

Saturday July 25, Blakiston Fan

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Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park Science & History Day

Tuesday July 28, Glacier National Park (USA) 

Learn what the scientists and historians have been up to in the parks and hear the latest research results. More information 

Shoreline Cleanup

Saturday September 12 - Cameron Bay on Cameron Lake.

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Whitebark Pine / Limber Pine Planting

September, dates to be announced

Interested volunteers can sign up earlier for training and to be on a contact list, as due to various factors, including weather, there often is only a few days’ notice for the actual planting dates.

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Christmas Season Bird Count

One day, mid-December, date to be announced

Organized by the Lethbridge Naturalists Society in collaboration with Waterton Lakes National Park. Self-service materials (record sheets, maps) to conduct the count will be posted at the Fire Hall in Waterton community.

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