Spotlight on Grasslands (Vermilion Energy)

Event Details

October 27th, 2016, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Connop property, Millarville, Alberta
Infrastructure / Site Cleanup

Join the Nature Conservancy of Canada for a day of hands-on volunteering with your coworkers, as we shine the spotlight on grassland conservation!

We’ll start the morning by removing an old section of unneeded fence line. The fencing on this property was recently upgraded to new wildlife-friendly standards, but the new fence was built right next to the old one, forming a double barrier for wildlife. By removing this section of unneeded fence line, you can help clear the way for wildlife movement through the prairies.

After tackling this small fence removal, we’ll then shift our focus to build a set of tree and range enclosures – a tool Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) scientists will use to monitor grassland health and protect newly-planted shrubs on restoration sites.

Escape the office and join us outside for a hands-on day in nature!

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More Information

About Connop property, Millarville

Just a short trip outside of Calgary, this property is home to moose, elk and a variety of bird species, including the iconic mountain bluebird. The Connop family, who originally owned the property, began ranching in the Bragg Creek area in 1919, acquiring this piece of land in 1960 before donating it to the Nature Conservancy of Canada so it can be forever preserved through conservation.

What you will be doing

Volunteers will help remove a small section of unneeded fence from the Connop conservation property, and build wire mesh enclosures that will be used by Nature Conservancy of Canada scientists to monitor grassland health and protect newly planted shrubs on restoration sites.

Why you will love it

Not only will you have the opportunity to enjoy stunning views of the Rocky Mountains, you will also learn more about the science behind the Nature Conservancy of Canada's conservation work in the Bow Valley while contributing directly to priority projects on the ground.


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Please Note

All tools and equipment will be provided, along with snacks and drinks. Please specify any dietary restrictions or food allergies when registering. Additional information, including maps and driving directions, will be sent to you after you have registered for the event. Event will go rain or shine.

Moderate fitness level required
Out house/ bearbox
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:

  • Warm layers
  • Long sleeved shirt & long pants (to protect against wire)
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Rain jacket (just in case)
  • Sturdy closed-toed shoes or boots
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Any necessary medications