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Volunteer event dates and updates

A group of volunteers at work in Waterton Lakes National Park
Volunteering in Waterton Lakes National Park © Parks Canada

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.

Event dates 2016 

Shoreline Cleanup

Saturday, April 30, 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

Part of the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup. This year we will scour Waterton Marina, Emerald Bay to Bosporus Straight and Driftwood Beach along the ever-scenic Waterton lakes for litter. Divers coordinated by Awesome Adventures will pull litter from the Marina for counting and bagging by the on-shore volunteers.

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Campground Hosts

May 12 to September 30, Belly River Campground (primitive facilities).

Volunteer for at least two weeks at a time starting on a Thursday. Start dates: May 12 and 26, June 9 and 23, July 7 and 21, August 4 and 18, and September 1 and 15. No campground hosts in 2016 at Crandell Mountain Campground.

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Spring Flowering Count

Saturday May 28, 8:30 a.m. to noon.

You are welcome to stay for lunch sides, refreshments and desserts at the volunteer season kick-off event. RSVP through the volunteer form.

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Volunteer season kick-off

Saturday May 28, noon hour and early afternoon.

This is it! Your chance to meet follow volunteers and get an overview of the upcoming volunteer seasons. RSVP through the volunteer form

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Volunteer season kick-off: special event volunteers

Saturday May 28, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Do you enjoy meeting and assisting people? Do you like being where the action is? Then consider volunteering to help set up and dismantle the space for the volunteer season kick-off.

Adopt-a-Patch

Saturday May 28, early afternoon (first orientation and work event). Then ongoing through September.

Adopt and be known for your very own patch of the park. Once orientation and training is completed, work at your patch as your time permits through to September. Another orientation event will be held later in June or early July, depending on interest. 

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Native Plant Gardens

Saturday May 28, early afternoon (first orientation and work event). Then ongoing through September.

Once orientation and training is completed, work as your time permits through the growing season.

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Group Volunteer Projects

June to September.

There are a variety of volunteer activities that can be pre-planned and booked by organized groups and family reunions looking for rewarding outings. These include two-hour long projects assisting park staff in the restoration of park environments. 

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Spring Bird Count

Saturday June 4 and Sunday June 5.

Self-serve materials (record sheets, maps) to conduct the count will be posted at the Waterton Fire Hall by 4.30 p.m., June 3. Saturday at 3 p.m. gather to meet fellow volunteers and share sightings.

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Grasses and Flowering Plants Planting

Weekdays, June through early October. Dates to be announced.

Interested? Be sure to sign up through the main volunteer form in order to receive dates and times. 

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Tree Monitoring - Limber Pine / Whitebark Pine

Weekdays, June through August, dates to be announced.

Interested? Be sure to sign up through the main volunteer form in order to receive dates and times.

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Wildflower and Native Grasses Seed Collection

Weekdays, June through August. Dates to be announced.

Interested? Be sure to sign up through the main volunteer form in order to receive dates and times. 

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Canada Day - special event volunteers

Friday, July 1, 10:30 a.m. to noon.

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Butterfly Count

Tuesday, July 12, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Space is limited so be sure to sign up through the main volunteer form.

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23rd Annual Knapweed Rodeo

Saturday, July 23, Blakiston Fan.

FREE BBQ beef-on-a-bun and vegi-wrap lunch included. RSVP through the main volunteer form.

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Science and History Day, Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park

Tuesday, July 26 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

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

Shoreline Cleanup

Saturday, August 27, Cameron Lake.

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Aquatic Insect Bioblitz - Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park

Early September, dates to be announced.

Help scientists determine the distribution of rare, cold-water-dependent insect species along high-elevation streams. This is for the more able-bodied and adventurous volunteers. This is also one of Glacier National Park’s centennial events celebrating the 100th anniversary of the USA National Park Service. 

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Salamander By-Way Maintenance

During Waterton Wildlife Weekend, September 23-25, exact date to be announced.

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Tree Planting - Limber Pine / Whitebark Pine

September and October, dates to be announced.

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

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Christmas Bird Count

One day, mid-December, date to be announced.

Self-service materials (record sheets, maps) to conduct the count will be posted at the Waterton Fire Hall by 4.30 p.m. the day before. Saturday at 2 p.m. gathering to meet fellow volunteers and share sightings. Organized by the Crowsnest Conservation Society in collaboration with Waterton Lakes National Park. 

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Updates and news

Leopard Frog Exclosure Project

April 20, 2016

On short notice, 5 volunteers leaped into action to help create 15 new northern leopard frog egg mass exclosures. Using materials such as pool noodles, hardware cloth, buckets and mosquito netting, our volunteers helped to build these devices that will aid in the reintroduction of northern leopard frogs to Waterton Lakes National Park.

The northern leopard frog was last observed in Waterton Lakes National Park in 1980. Parks Canada staff will relocate northern leopard frog egg masses from thriving populations to sites within WLNP this spring, in an effort to establish self-sustaining populations of this species at risk. These exclosures will protect the eggs and hatchlings from predators, before they’re released. Thank you to all the volunteers who participated in this event and to the Parks Canada staff who lent their expertise. We wouldn’t have been able to make this many exclosures on such short notice without you!

Salamander Byway Maintenance

March 11, 2016

Our thirteen volunteers spent the morning getting the salamander byway ready for the upcoming migration. Every spring, long-toed salamanders make the journey from Salamander Hill down across the Waterton village access road to Linnet Lake to breed. This infrastructure consists of low fencing directing the salamanders (and other amphibians and reptiles) to four specially-constructed underpasses so they can pass safely under the road to the lake. Volunteers worked diligently along the fences and around the tunnel entrances to make sure that there were no gaps or holes through which the migrating amphibians could slip and wind up on the road. By noon the byway structure was salamander tight and ready for the coming migration.

A big thank you to all the hard-working volunteers and to Kim Pearson for lending her expertise. We will do the same again in fall in preparation for the salamanders' reverse migration to winter on Salamander Hill.

Christmas Bird Count

December 15, 2015

There were some unusual sightings indeed due to unseasonably warm weather leading up to count day and thanks to the great work of the 19 volunteers. There was also a special thank you at the Saturday gathering. There had been no snow that stayed on the ground until two days before Dec. 15th, and the lakes and streams were still open. There were five "rare" winter observations: Killdeer, Cooper's Hawk, Northern Flicker, Northern Shrike (very rare here all seasons), and Song Sparrow. For the count week (three days before and three days after the count day) there were two additional species that are "very rare" winter observations: Trumpeter Swan and Common Merganser. For the count day, there was a normal number of species recorded; 26 in all. An additional six species were recorded for the count week.

Teresa Dolman of the Lethbridge Naturalist Society was awarded a Parks Canada volunteer service pin for her 24 years as coordinator of the Waterton Christmas Bird Count and other volunteer work in the park. Husband Doug Dolman also received a pin for his many volunteer hours. Thank you Teresa and Doug! Thanks also to the Crowsnest Conservation Society and count compiler Pat Lucas who has stepped into Teresa’s role upon Teresa’s retirement from the Christmas count.