Home on the Range

Event Details

September 16th, 2016, 11:45 AM - 1:30 PM

Nature Conservancy of Canada Calgary Office, Alberta
Inventories and Monitoring

Join us over the lunch hour and learn more about Alberta’s grasslands while helping build range cages – a tool Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) scientists use to monitor grassland health.

Canada’s grasslands evolved under grazing pressure from bison. With the absence of bison, cattle now help fill that role. The key is to actively move and manage cattle herds throughout the year so that grazing is sustainable and promotes grassland health. NCC works collaboratively with local landowners and ranchers to find win-win solutions for nature and people on privately-owned lands across the province. Now you can be a part of the process!

By taking part in this hands-on, hour-long volunteer event, you can provide NCC staff with the tools they need to assess the health of the plant communities on these working landscapes so they can help ranchers develop sustainable grazing management plans for their herd. A light lunch will also be provided for all volunteers. Please specify any allergies or dietary restrictions when registering.

Please email the event contact to join the waiting list.

More Information

About Nature Conservancy of Canada Calgary Office

The Nature Conservancy of Canada’s office in Calgary is located on the eighth floor of the Kahanoff Centre, south of downtown in the Beltline.

Paid parking is available within a short walk from the building (prices vary), and bike racks are available on the south side of the building. The nearest LRT stops are Victoria Park and Centre Street Stations, which are a ten minute walk away.

What you will be doing

Volunteers will help build range cages which will be used as a tool to monitor the health of grassland plant communities on Nature Conservancy of Canada conservation lands. This involves cutting and assembling wire mesh panels to form 4.5' x 4' cages.

Why you will love it

Discover the diversity of grasses and wildflowers that bring the prairies to life, as you support on-the-ground conservation work! You'll have the opportunity to learn more about the grassland ecosystem and find out how the Nature Conservancy of Canada is working to measure range health. A light lunch will also be provided.


Contact Kailey Setter: alberta@conservationvolunteers.ca

Please Note

Since volunteers will be handling wire, this event is appropriate for people age 16 and up. All materials and tools will be provided. A light lunch will also be provided. Please indicate any dietary restrictions you may have when registering.

People of all fitness levels can participate
Running water and flush toilets
All tools will be provided by NCC
Water, snacks and a hot meal

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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:

  • Long sleeved shirt recommended (to protect against wire scratches)
  • A reusable cup or mug (to reduce lunch waste)
  • A can-do attitude!