Volunteer Day with Vermilion Energy

Event Details

August 22nd, 2019, 9:30 AM - 3:00 PM

Hole in the Wall (Big Muddy), Saskatchewan
Infrastructure / Site Cleanup

Get to know your co-workers a little better as you work side by side with the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) for a day of hands-on conservation work in the prairies! We’ll venture out to one of our new properties, Hole in the Wall, in the Big Muddy Valley to remove a downed fence line. This will help reduce barriers and hazards to wildlife, ensuring the area’s habitats are in good condition for the creatures that need them most. If time permits, we’ll also conduct a mini bio-blitz using iNaturalist to identify plants and wildlife on the property.

Building on a strong history of volunteer support, Vermilion Energy generously donated $22,000 to support the work of the Nature Conservancy of Canada in Alberta and Saskatchewan. In Saskatchewan these funds will help pay for the beautiful and unique Hole in the Wall property, ensuring that visitors can witness first hand the history and ecological importance of this area.


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About Hole in the Wall (Big Muddy)

Located north of the Big Muddy Valley, this 906 hectare (2,240 ac.) property is rich in grasslands, plants, animals and history. Hole in the Wall forms a part of the largest stretch of intact grasslands in Saskatchewan, attracting species such as burrowing owl, American badger, ferruginous hawk, northern leopard frog, Sprague’s pipit and the provincially listed rare white milkwort plant.

NCC acquired Hole in the Wall 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

We'll remove fallen fence lines that pose a risk to cattle and wildlife. This will help make the area as safe as possible for everyone that visits Hole in the Wall, including a number of species-at-risk.

Why you will love it

The property's diverse grasslands and wetlands offer unique opportunities to spot ferruginous hawks, northern leopard frogs, Sprague’s pipit, and American badgers; so be sure to bring your binoculars!


Contact Kayla Burak: kayla.burak@natureconservancy.ca

Please Note
Moderate fitness level required
No toilets on site
All tools will be provided by NCC
Water and snacks will be provided

Vermilion Energy

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:

  • Light layers
  • Hat
  • Sturdy, Closed-toe shoes
  • Raincoat (in case the weather shifts)
  • Binoculars (optional)
  • Camera (optional)
  • Smart phone (optional)
  • Personal work gloves (optional)
  • Personal fencing pliers (optional)
  • Lunch
  • Bug spray
  • Sunscreen
  • 1 litre of water in a reusable bottle
  • Any necessary medications