The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) is Canada’s only nationwide environmental charity dedicated solely to the protection of our public land and water, and ensuring our parks are managed to protect the nature within them. To put this in perspective, more than 90 per cent of Canada consists of public land and water. We now have 13 chapters across the country. The CPAWS Southern Alberta chapter was established in 1967, just four years after the national organization, in response to commercial development pressures in Banff National Park. Today, we work with Albertans to establish and protect parks and wilderness areas from Red Deer south to the Alberta border. We worked to protect well known areas such as Kananaskis, The Whaleback and the Castle Wilderness. We also offer environmental education in the classroom and interpretive hikes in nature to foster a new generation of environmental stewardship.

How we protect the environment in Southern Alberta

  • We provide science-based advice to decision-makers about how and why we should protect parks, water, public lands and wildlife.
  • We hold decision-makers accountable. We ensure ecological integrity is the top priority when plans are created to manage parks, grasslands, grizzly bear recovery, source water, forests, ecologically sensitive areas and species at risk.
  • We collaborate. We work with conservation groups, First Nations, businesses and individuals to protect the environment in Alberta.
  • We teach others about the health and economic benefits of protecting nature through outreach events, articles and our environmental education programs.
  • We know the majority of Albertans love parks and wilderness areas, and we want to stand together to have a voice in how these precious places will be managed.

Why we work to protect the environment

  • so habitats can remain intact and have what they need to thrive
  • source water does not become contaminated for downstream users
  • wildlife have the space they need to find food, shelter and reproduce
  • people can restore their sense of well-being by having a quiet and beautiful place to go
  • so we can enjoy the long-term health and economic benefits nature provides us
  • we love our wild spaces and we want to keep them!

Successes in environmental protection

We can’t protect the environment alone. It’s thanks to working with other conservation groups, government, and individuals like you that we have created wildlife overpasses, spoken out for species at risk and protected areas like Kananaskis, the Whaleback and the Castle wilderness.

We continue to provide input on land-use plans to manage parks, forests, grizzly bears and ecologically sensitive areas in Alberta.

How you can protect the environment

CPAWS along with the majority of Albertans want to protect the water, wildlife, plants and wilderness areas in Alberta! It's important that we stand together to make our voices heard. Keep yourself up-to-date with the latest news. We send out regular updates about conservation issues in Alberta – Add your name HERE.

Support us! Tell us you want to direct your donation to Southern Alberta in the 'Notes' section of the donation page.

Become a volunteer for CPAWS

You may want to write letters, contact your government representative, inform others about the issues, sign petitions or share the issues on Twitter  or Facebook! Do whatever works best for you. We look forward to working with you to protect and conserve the environment in Alberta.

Environmental Education
Land Use Planning

Our Mission

CPAWS envisages a healthy ecosphere where people experience and respect natural ecosystems.

CPAWS Southern Alberta chapter is a respected leader in the conservation and stewardship of the Southern Albertan landscape.  We strive to educate, collaborate, engage and empower Albertans in developing solutions that safeguard, connect and expand parks and wilderness areas.

Our Vision 

CPAWS believes that by ensuring the health of the parts, we ensure the health of the whole, which is our health too.

Canada, home to one-quarter of the world's remaining wilderness forests, stands out as a beacon of hope for conservation in a time of enormous change.

The next 10 years are a critical time for us to act, before industrial development forecloses the chance to protect some of the last great forests and fresh water and marine ecosystems on earth. We have the amazing opportunity to protect at least 50% or more of our remaining wilderness, including our Boreal Forest region.

CPAWS' vision is that Canada will lead by example through conserving large landscapes and waterscapes within our own borders and oceans. Our vision is that Canada will maintain pristine lakes, vast caribou herds and abundant wild salmon; that we will share the land with magnificent predators like grizzly bears and wolves; that we will nourish the land ethic of Canadian cultures; and that we will continue to enjoy the beauty of nearby natural landscapes in our daily lives.

CPAWS - Who we are

Strategic Priorities

The CPAWS SAB Chapters mission is anchored in land conservation and stewardship of a large, interconnected landscape perspective.  The strategic priorities that define our operations and direct our efforts are:
1. Strengthen the network of interconnected protected, wilderness and natural areas throughout Southern Alberta;
2. Ensure the effective stewardship of Alberta’s national and provincial parks and wilderness areas;
3. Ensure Albertan’s value and respect our parks and wilderness areas through education, appreciation, engagement and experience.

Conservation Strategy

CPAWS Southern Alberta Focus Areas

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