Volunteer opportunities 2019
Sign up to be on the volunteer contact list or register for specific volunteer projects and events by emailing email@example.com or phoning 403 859-2224.
Volunteers receive free admission for the day when they participate in an event.
Busy Beaver Cleanup Crew
May through October
Keep Waterton Lakes National Park pristine by assisting with removal of materials no longer needed in the outdoors and by picking up litter at trailheads, along roadways and around the townsite. Adopt a location and volunteer on your own schedule.
Group volunteer projects
May through October
There are a variety of volunteer activities that can be pre-planned and booked by organized groups looking for rewarding outings. These include two-hour projects, assisting park staff in the restoration of park environments.
Native plant garden
Saturday, May 25, orientation and work event; then ongoing through September
Volunteers maintain the International Peace Park Garden - a demonstration native-plant garden located in the Waterton townsite. Once orientation and training are completed, work as your time permits through the growing season. The Falls Theatre demonstration garden will be converted to native shrubs with the assistance of volunteers.
Spring Flower Count
Saturday, May 25, 8.30 am to noon
Following this annual flowering count, you are welcome to bring your bag lunch and stay for refreshments, lunch sides and dessert at the volunteer season kick-off event. RSVP by email.
Volunteer season kick-off
Saturday, May 25, noon to 1:30 pm
This is it! Your chance to meet follow volunteers and get an overview of the upcoming volunteer projects for the year.
Special event volunteers – volunteer season kick-off
Saturday, May 25, 10 am to 1 pm
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 venue for the Volunteer Season Kick-Off.
Saturday, May 25, 1:30 pm to 4 pm (following the volunteer kick-off).
Adopt and be known for your very own patch of the national 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.
Spring Bird Count
Saturday and Sunday, June 1 and 2
Self-serve materials (record sheets, maps) to conduct the count will be posted at the Waterton Fire Hall by 4:30 pm, June 1. Saturday at 3 pm, gather to meet fellow volunteers and share sightings.
Wildflower and native grasses seed collection
Wednesdays, starting July 3 through August 28, 8:30 am to noon
Volunteer with park staff for these half-day events at various locations in the park to collect seeds for restoration projects. Be sure to sign up by email to receive location and reminder.
20th Anniversary Butterfly Count
Friday, July 19 (If weathered out, then Thursday, July 25), 11 am to 5 pm
Space is limited for this popular family event, so be sure to sign up by email.
Science and History Day - Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park
Tuesday, July 23, 9:30 am to 3:30 pm
From bats to bison, boreal toads to historical boats, and the connections between bumblebees, berries and bears, find out what the scientists and historians have been up to in Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park!
Saturday, August 10, 9 am to 4 pm
A popular family event to keep this invasive weed corralled and stop it from taking over critical wildlife habitat. Free BBQ beef-on-a-bun and vegi-wrap lunch included for those who RSVP by email.
Grasses and wildflower planting
September - dates to be announced
Leave your mark for the future by helping to restore past areas disturbed by development. Be sure to sign up by email in order to receive dates and times.
Saturday, September 7
Part of the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup and just as much fun as the spring cleanup. The following Friday, interested participants in the Rotarian’s 2019 Waterton Glacier Peace Park Assembly will also do a cleanup along another part of the Waterton Lakes.
Salamander habitat restoration
Saturday, September 21 (during Waterton Wildlife Weekend)
Build upon the successful restoration work begun by volunteers in conjunction with park staff last September and become a part of the long-toed salamanders’ ongoing story.
Tree planting - limber pine / whitebark pine
September and October, dates to be announced
Restoration of these endangered species includes weekdays when volunteers assist park staff with planting seedlings. Because planting is done just prior to forecasted rain (nature waters the seedlings), often there is only a week or less notice of the dates. Interested volunteers can sign up earlier by email to be on the contact list for the plantings.
43rd Christmas Bird Count
Sunday, December 15
Self-service materials (record sheets, maps) to conduct the count will be posted at the Waterton Fire Hall by 4:30 pm on December 14 or email to participate in count week. Saturday 2 pm gathering to meet fellow volunteers and share sightings.