Bogged Down But Not Out

Event Details

July 26th, 2018, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Wagner Natural Area, Spruce Grove, Alberta
Habitat Restoration

Volunteers are desperately needed to help battle this infestation! Join NCC’s legacy of conservation and stewardship on the first property NCC Alberta was ever involved in securing, the Wagner Bog Natural Area. Invasive pale yellow iris plants are overrunning this ecologically significant habitat of calcareous fen wetlands and marl ponds, and we are teaming up with the Wagner Natural Area Society to beat them back. It may be a bog, but it won’t be a slog, so bring out your boots for a day of quality conversation, beautiful biodiversity, and meaningful work.

If you’d like to carpool to the event, please click here, to add your car or join a ride going to the event. There is also a wait list feature if there isn’t a ride there yet that works for you. Happy carpooling!

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More Information

About Wagner Natural Area, Spruce Grove

The Wagner Natural Area is made up of over 540 acres of protected land just 6.5 km west of the Edmonton city limits. It was established in 1971, when the Government of Alberta purchased 320 acres of land from a local farmer, Mr. William Wagner. The calcareous fen wetland plants and marl pond habitats are unique and ecologically important.  Since then, various groups have provided additional plots of land, including the Nature Conservancy of Canada Alberta, which has added another 100 acres of protected land to the natural area since 1984. The Wagner Natural Area is home to a wide range of plants and animals, including, fish, reptile and amphibian, birds, mammals, and over 2,000 insect species.  Additionally, 16 of the 26 orchid species that occur in Alberta have been sighted at the Wagner Bog. This land is managed by the Wagner Natural Area Society.

What you will be doing

Team up with NCC and the Wagner Natural Area Society to remove the infestation of invasive weeds and prevent them from taking over the native plant communities. The primary target will be pale yellow iris, a noxious weed that was originally brought to north America as an ornamental plant for water gardens.

Why you will love it

This property is only a short drive from Edmonton! There will also be treats on hands to keep volunteers fueled, and a native wildflower walk of the property.


Contact Hannah Schaepsmeyer:

Please Note

All tools and equipment will be provided, along with drinks and snacks. Please bring a lunch. Additional information will be sent to you after you have registered for the event. Event will go rain or shine.

Moderate fitness level required
No toilets on site
Carpooling can be arranged
All tools will be provided by NCC
Water and snacks will be provided


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:

  • Rubber Boots
  • Long pants
  • Long shirt
  • Layers of clothing (light sweater and jacket)
  • Sun hat
  • Rain gear
  • Bug Spray
  • 1 Litre of water in a reusable bottle
  • Lunch
  • Any necessary medications