Thistle be Awesome

Event Details

July 16th, 2019, 9:30 AM - 2:30 PM

Clifford E. Lee Property (Devon), Alberta
Habitat Restoration

Care to join us, because “thistle” be a lot of fun! Spend the day at the Clifford E. Lee Nature Sanctuary to continue our ongoing control of invasive species. You will help with removing invasive thistle from the property and tidying the trails, to ensure this area remains a sanctuary for native plants and wildlife!

If you’d like to carpool to the event, please click here. Happy carpooling!

Please email the event contact to join the waiting list.

More Information

About Clifford E. Lee Property (Devon)

This historic nature sanctuary protects 134 hectares (331 ac.) of wetlands, open meadows and aspen parklands, providing habitat to species such as common yellowthroat, wood frog, white tailed-deer and mountain bluebirds. Located 33 km southwest from Edmonton’s city centre, the area offers endless wildlife viewing opportunities, with boardwalks and connected trails winding throughout the sanctuary. As a family-friendly environment, the Clifford E. Lee nature sanctuary is open to nature navigators of all skill levels!

What you will be doing

You will help remove invasive thistles from the property and prevent it from taking over the native plant communities. Working in teams, we’ll spread out across the open meadow of the property to pull any new thistle sprouts before they have a chance to go to seed. We’ll also take time to trim encroaching vegetation from the boardwalk system so the path is clear for sanctuary visitors.

Why you will love it

Not only will you spend the day among the forests, meadows and wetlands of Clifford E. Lee Nature Sanctuary, in keeping with tradition we’ll also be serving up a round of appetizers made from edible invasive species for all to enjoy. Recipes will be provided, so you can make your favourites at home! Dandelion chips anyone?


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Please Note

All tools and equipment will be provided, along with snacks and drinks. We ask however, that you please bring a lunch with you for the day.

Additional information, including maps and driving directions, will be sent to you after registration. Event will proceed 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

Lee Nature Sanctuary Society is a partner of NCC
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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:

  • Closed-toe waterproof shoes
  • Long shirt
  • Rain gear
  • Sun hat
  • Backpack
  • 1 litre of water in a reusable bottle
  • Lunch
  • Any necessary medications