Sign up to be on the volunteer contact list or register for specific volunteer projects and events by emailing pc.wlnp-volunteer.pc@canada.ca or phoning 403 859-2224.

Volunteers receive free admission for the day when they participate in an event.

Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup

Saturday, May 4, 10 am to 2 pm

Volunteer at the Waterton Lakes National Park Shoreline Cleanup and be a part of thousands of volunteers across Canada. In 2018, volunteers cleaned close to 34,000 kilometres of the country - the same distance if you circled every Great Lake and its islands more than twice! Check out the national Dirty Dozen and join in this year on Waterton’s shores to see if the trend of cleaner shores in this park is continuing.

There’s no more scenic a location for spring cleaning than the shores of Upper and Middle Waterton lakes. At 11 am, volunteer divers with Awesome Adventures will join us to pull litter out of the marina for on shore volunteers to sort and bag. Bring a bagged lunch. Parks Canada will provide gloves, bags, tracking sheets, refreshments, a fruit tray and some sweets for all.

Salamander Byway Maintenance

Tuesday, May 7, 9 am to noon

Team up with Parks Canada staff to check, clean and repair the byway system consisting of four tunnels and directional fencing re-constructed following the 2017 Kenow Wildfire. This will ready it for amphibians, including long-toed salamanders (a Species at Risk in Alberta), moving between Linnet Lake and the lower slopes of Crandell Mountain.

Salamanders and other small animals use the system for travel throughout spring, summer and fall. Maintained with the help of volunteers, it reduces road-kill of small creatures by providing safe passage under the road leading to Waterton townsite. It keeps amphibians safely connected to two necessary parts of their natural habitat.

Spring Flowering Count

Saturday, May 25, 8:30 am to noon

It’s like a spring treasure hunt! Help us count what is flowering. Even if you don’t know plant identification, the more eyes helping fellow volunteers and Parks Canada staff, the better the count will be. Then at noon, pull out your bagged lunch and meet other volunteers as we celebrate the official volunteer season kick-off.

If you get hooked on the count, you can continue to other sites that afternoon and on Sunday. Then email in your results. Held annually the last weekend of May, the count tracks the number of plants flowering in the park, which is one component of provincially tracking climate change.

Volunteer Kick-off

Saturday, May 25 – noon to 1:30 pm

RSVP by emailing pc.wlnp-volunteer.pc@canada.ca (put “Kick-off” in the subject line), or phone 403 859-5107.

Connect with the Waterton Lakes National Park volunteer community at the volunteer season kick-off!

  • Enjoy refreshments, sweets and savory snacks provided by Parks Canada. Bring your own basic lunch.
  • Celebrate 2018 volunteer accomplishments.
  • See an overview of the upcoming volunteer year.
  • Get your volunteer registration paperwork done for the year.

Afterward, for those interested there will be orientations and volunteer work sessions for Adopt-a-Patch and the International Peace Park Native Plant Garden.

Adopt-a-Patch orientation

Saturday, May 25, 1:30 pm to 4 pm (following the Volunteer Kick-off).

Adopt your own patch in Waterton Lakes National Park and care for it by keeping it clear of weeds. From experienced members of the program, you will learn how to identify and remove invasive non-native plants. Tools, knee pads (where needed) and gloves will be provided by Parks Canada.

This year, we will again be focussing on the patches on the Prince of Wales Hill and the adjacent bottom slopes of Crandell Mountain (fondly known as Salamander Hill). Volunteers will maintain their patch by removing invasive plants as their time permits, from May to September.

International Peace Park Native Plant Garden orientation

Saturday, May 25, 1:30 pm to 4 pm (following the Volunteer Kick-off).

Spend the afternoon with our experienced garden volunteers learning how you can help through the growing season. We will also reveal the garden’s gems from under the dead leaves and stalks of winter. Once you have this basic orientation, maintaining the garden (including weeding) and welcoming visitors to it will be ongoing through September at times you arrange with the lead volunteer.

Interested in volunteering for both Adopt-a-Patch and the Native Plant Garden events? Other orientations can be scheduled.