All Aboard for Grassland Health – Round 2!

Event Details

June 9th, 2018, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Sandstone Ranch (Del Bonita), Alberta
Habitat Restoration

Did you know that temperate grasslands are the most endangered ecosystem in the world? Situated right here in the Great Plains of Canada, we possess a significant portion of this vast ecosystem here in Alberta. With that in mind, join us as we celebrate Canadian Environment Week! We will be venturing into the heart of the Albertan grasslands to remove an infestation of downy brome. This noxious weed has long plagued Albertans, as it spreads quickly and is difficult to eradicate once established.

Volunteers will spend the day lending a hand to this conservation effort. Free bus transportation from Lethbridge and lunch will be provided. More details will be sent upon registering for this event.

All aboard for grassland health!

Please email the event contact to join the waiting list.

More Information

About Sandstone Ranch (Del Bonita)

This 4,764 acre (1,928 ha.) property is located approximately 10 km northwest of Del Bonita, in the Milk River Ridge area of southern Alberta. This stunning piece of native grassland provides habitat to to mule deer, Sprague’s pipit, and the endangered ferruginous hawk and swift fox. NCC and its partners have worked hard to conserve this piece of Alberta’s ranching heritage for over 10 years.

NCC acquired the Sandstone Ranch property with the assistance of the Government of Canada’s Natural Areas Conservation Program (NACP), a unique public-private partnership to accelerate the pace of land conservation across southern Canada.

What you will be doing

Volunteers will work together as a team to tackle the spread of invasive downy brome on the beautiful Sandstone Ranch. This invasive plant species will displace native grasses that are much more nutritious for cattle, and severely reduce the overall plant diversity found on native rangeland, which in turn effects the health of the soil and local wildlife. Continued weed management strategies are essential in maintaining biodiversity and we wouldn’t be able to achieve this without all the helping hands!

Why you will love it

Not only will volunteers get to enjoy the spectacular grassland views and experience, we will also provide free transportation and lunch for volunteers between the Helen Schuler Nature Centre and Sandstone Ranch. Our way of saying thank you for coming out in full force to make an impact on conservation in the grasslands!


Contact Hannah Schaepsmeyer:

Please Note

All tools and equipment will be provided, along with drinks, lunch, and extra sunscreen and bug spray. Additional information will be sent to you after you have registered for the event. Event will go rain or shine.

People of all fitness levels can participate
No toilets on site
Transportation to property provided by NCC
All tools will be provided by NCC
Water, snacks and a hot meal
Item Checklist

While we do our best to provide you with the tools you need to participate, please bring the following items if you have them:

  • Close-toed footwear
  • Long pants
  • Layers of clothing (light sweater and jacket)
  • Sun hat
  • Rain gear
  • 1 Litre of water in a reusable bottle
  • Any necessary medications