What we do

Our vision is to keep at least half of Canada's public land and water wild forever. Check out our 2013-2018 Conservation Strategy to learn more and explore our program areas below.

Issues

Parks

Parks

Southern Alberta has many breathtaking wilderness areas. Parks and protected areas are a vital part of conserving these natural areas and the biodiversity they support. We need parks now more than ever. Establishing a network of connected reserves is necessary to maintain ecosystem services essential both for human health and species conservation. Learn more about Parks
Managing Alberta’s Land

Managing Alberta’s Land

We have varied needs for the land in Alberta. It can be tricky to find the right balance to ensure our environmental, economic and cultural well-being. However, with proper land-use planning, we can make necessary trade-offs and still protect our ecological and cultural heritage. CPAWS is working to conserve southern Alberta’s wilderness areas, ecosystems and communities. To do so, we are working to have environmentally responsible land use planning policies implemented. See some of our recent work! Learn more about Managing Alberta’s Land
Wildlife

Wildlife

Wildlife in southern Alberta requires healthy, intact, and connected habitats. CPAWS SAB focuses on a landscape level approach to protection with a priority on ensuring the ecological integrity of wilderness areas are maintained so that threatened species, such as grizzly bears, have the space they need to thrive. Learn more about Wildlife
Wilderness

Wilderness

Southern Alberta’s wilderness contains a diversity of rich landscapes. From our picturesque prairie grasslands, rolling foothills, inspiring parklands, and into our epic Rocky Mountains – these places are special to us all. CPAWS Southern Alberta is dedicated to protecting and preserving our wilderness spaces today and for future generations. Learn more about Wilderness
Environmental Education

Environmental Education

CPAWS Southern Alberta provides award-winning environmental education programs for adults and youth in Calgary and the surrounding areas. Students learn environmental stewardship through our interactive programs. Since 1997, we have engaged over 100,000 students with environmental programs that link to the Alberta curriculum. We offer classroom programs and guided interpretive hikes for grades 2 to 12, as well as adult education for teachers and community groups. Learn more about Environmental Education

Current campaigns

Resources for Environmental Education

Resources for Environmental Education

CPAWS believes in helping educators bring nature and environmental stewardship to life. Learn more about Resources for Environmental Education
Help Bison get designated as Wildlife in Alberta

Help Bison get designated as Wildlife in Alberta

Help us revise the status of bison in Alberta and correct a mistake of the past. Bison are wildlife and are a critical part of a fully functioning ecosystem. Let’s revise our legislation to reflect this fact. Learn more about Help Bison get designated as Wildlife in Alberta
Secondary Environmental Education Programs

Secondary Environmental Education Programs

Students learn the true value of nature with hands-on classroom exercises and by spending time outdoors. CPAWS Southern Alberta education programs empower a new generation of Albertans to become leaders in environmental stewardship. Learn more about Secondary Environmental Education Programs
Elementary Environmental Education Programs

Elementary Environmental Education Programs

Whether students are learning with hands-on classroom exercises or spending time outdoors, CPAWS Southern Alberta education programs empower youth to understand their true connection to nature. Learn more about Elementary Environmental Education Programs
Native Trout - Bull Trout and Westslope Cutthroat Trout

Native Trout - Bull Trout and Westslope Cutthroat Trout

The cold running streams and lakes of western Alberta are home to a number of native fish including bull trout and westslope cutthroat trout. These native species contribute to Alberta’s biodiversity, are sought after by anglers and act as indicators of our headwaters health. Learn more about Native Trout - Bull Trout and Westslope Cutthroat Trout
Grasslands

Grasslands

At one time, large expanses of diverse grass, wildflower and shrub species stretched across much of Canada. Unfortunately, grasslands are now one of the most endangered ecosystems in North America. It is estimated that up to 75 per cent of Canada’s natural grasslands have been lost due to development and conversion to agriculture. In Alberta only 43 per cent of native grasslands remain. The CPAWS Southern Alberta Chapter is working to protect what remains of native grasslands and the critical habitat they provide. Learn more about Grasslands
Grizzly bears

Grizzly bears

Grizzly bears are an essential part of a healthy, fully functioning environment in Alberta. Their large home ranges make grizzlies an “umbrella” species for land use planning and management. This means that managing the landscape for grizzly bear populations also provides habitat for many other species, helps maintain healthy aquatic ecosystems and fisheries, and protects clean and abundant supplies of water for downstream users. Learn more about Grizzly bears
Take Action for our Grizzly Bears

Take Action for our Grizzly Bears

Alberta grizzly bears need your help! Make your voice heard today. Write and tell the Government that you want this threatened species protected for future generations. Learn more about Take Action for our Grizzly Bears
National Parks

National Parks

Southern Alberta is home to some of the most spectacular national parks in the world. From Banff to Waterton Lakes, our parks and wilderness are the pride of Canada. Join us to help keep them healthy, rich and beautiful for today and tomorrow. Learn more about National Parks
Outdoor Environmental Education

Outdoor Environmental Education

CPAWS takes environmental education outdoors with our interpretive hikes and snowshoe programs. Learn more about Outdoor Environmental Education
The Castle Wilderness

The Castle Wilderness

Recently the Government of Alberta announced its intention amend the South Saskatchewan Regional Plan (SSRP) to protect the Castle as a Wildland and Provincial Park. This is an integral step to preserve clean water for downstream communities, safeguard our province’s biodiversity, provide habitat to important wildlife such as grizzly bear and cutthroat trout and provide places for Albertans to connect to nature. But the work is not done yet! Learn more about The Castle Wilderness
Adult Environmental Education Progams

Adult Environmental Education Progams

We have a variety of education programs available for teachers, corporate groups and community members. We also have programs designed for new immigrants to Canada. A CPAWS instructor will come to you! See the programs listed below. Learn more about Adult Environmental Education Progams
The South Saskatchewan Regional Plan (SSRP)

The South Saskatchewan Regional Plan (SSRP)

From the native prairie to the jagged peaks of Kananaskis and the Castle Special Place, southern Alberta is a treasured land for the people of the province and all of Canada. The South Saskatchewan River Basin region contains a diversity of ecosystems including grasslands, foothills and mountain that support our way of life in Alberta. The region is globally important for people, water, wildlife and wilderness. Learn more about The South Saskatchewan Regional Plan (SSRP)
Alberta’s Land-Use Framework (LUF)

Alberta’s Land-Use Framework (LUF)

Alberta’s Land-use Framework (LUF) and it’s supporting legislation, the Alberta Land and Stewardship Act (ALSA) is a new approach for managing private and public lands in Alberta to achieve long-term economic, environmental and social outcomes. LUF sets out guiding principles and identifies key strategies which will guide future land-use management in Alberta. Learn more about Alberta’s Land-Use Framework (LUF)
Sage Grouse

Sage Grouse

The greater sage-grouse is an icon of the prairies and likely Canada’s most endangered wildlife species. The Canadian population of sage-grouse has dropped dramatically in recent years. Learn more about Sage Grouse
North Saskatchewan Regional Plan

North Saskatchewan Regional Plan

The North Saskatchewan Region contains a diverse landscape encompassing Rocky Mountain, rolling foothill and prairie parkland ecosystems. The North Saskatchewan Region includes headwaters forests that provide clean water to downstream communities, mountains foothills and parkland that support a diversity of habitats that provide homes for species at risk and serves as a major source of recreation and tourism. Learn more about North Saskatchewan Regional Plan
Ecosystem-based Forest Planning and Management on Alberta’s Southern Eastern Slopes

Ecosystem-based Forest Planning and Management on Alberta’s Southern Eastern Slopes

The forests of the southern Eastern Slopes are vital to the Albertans health and quality of life. These lands offer more than gorgeous vistas – the Southern Eastern Slopes house the headwaters of clean-flowing rivers, support a diverse community of large mammals such as grizzly bears, cougars, elk, mountain goats and bighorn sheep, native fish, including bull trout and westslope cutthroat trout, numerous birds and a high diversity of insects. They also provide a wide range of recreational opportunities for families and intrepid adventurers. Learn more about Ecosystem-based Forest Planning and Management on Alberta’s Southern Eastern Slopes
Provincial Protected Areas

Provincial Protected Areas

In Southern Alberta we are blessed by our amazing natural areas. Our way of life depends on clean water, our open rangelands and being surrounded by spectacular parks and wilderness. These natural assets support our way of life and our ways of making a living. However, Alberta is growing and changing rapidly. To protect our way of life and our prosperity, we need to plan ahead and protect our most significant places. Learn more about Provincial Protected Areas
Yellowstone to Yukon

Yellowstone to Yukon

CPAWS Southern Alberta works within the Yellowstone to Yukon (Y2Y) region. This landscape scale vision is a network of core protected areas combined with an interconnected series of wildlife corridors running 3,200 km up the Rocky Mountains from Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming to northern Yukon. CPAWS’ long-term conservation vision for this region is to ensure a wide corridor of connected conservation areas in the Canadian portion of the Y2Y corridor. Learn more about Yellowstone to Yukon
Bow Valley Wildlife Corridors and the Three Sisters Mountain Village Project

Bow Valley Wildlife Corridors and the Three Sisters Mountain Village Project

The Bow Valley’s Town of Canmore is located in the middle of one of the most important regional wildlife corridors in the province. Wildlife uses this low elevation valley to move between two protected habitats: Kananaskis Country and Banff National Park. Learn more about Bow Valley Wildlife Corridors and the Three Sisters Mountain Village Project

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