Celebrate 150 Acres of Canada’s Natural Heritage
Start date: 1 May, 2017
End date: 31 October, 2017
Celebrate 150 Acres of Canada’s Natural Heritage is a unique project that encourages participation in nature walk events hosted by the Edmonton and Area Land Trust in urban and rural locations, to mark Canada’s 150th birthday, on 150 acres of land that EALT stewards. These events will introduce our natural wonders, inspire a deeper appreciation of our natural heritage, and understanding of how nature has shaped our communities and country. They will unveil natural areas as a place for all to recreate on foot, at no charge.
This initiative is made possible by the Community Fund for Canada’s 150th, a collaboration between the Edmonton Community Foundation, the Government of Canada, and extraordinary leaders from coast to coast to coast.
Nature of the Project Reach
‘Celebrate 150 Acres of Canada's Natural Heritage’ will consist of two celebratory events. One urban event will be held at the Larch Sanctuary in the City of Edmonton, and the other rural event will be held at EALT’s Pipestone Creek Conservation Lands in Wetaskiwin County.
This project aims to build vibrant and healthy communities inclusive to a wide variety of people and groups. Connecting with nature is an experience that can be appreciated and shared among all people of varying backgrounds. To ensure participation by a wide range of people, we will outreach to newcomers’ centres, post-secondary institutions, Indigenous organizations, and regional mainstream media.
A social media group page will be built for each location to provide information to visitors via their smartphones through numbered signs, providing a virtual experience which will be accessible outside of the event dates for all to enjoy at their leisure. These group pages will continue to foster a sense of community and pride focused around the conserved lands into the future.
There are a couple project needs that other members could collaborate on with EALT. 1. Providing nature and Canada 150 themed contributions to the visitor welcoming area for each event. This could include a face painting station, a live owl visitor, expert visitor, prize draws, watering station, or other natural fits. 2. Collaboration with reaching various newcomers’ centres, post-secondary institutions, Indigenous organizations, and regional mainstream media.