What We Do
We are a non-profit conservation organization working to promote thriving, healthy, and diverse lands and waters in Alberta. Since 1967, CPAWS Southern Alberta Chapter has led conservation efforts to protect areas in Banff National Park, Kananaskis, the Whaleback and the Castle. Our chapter is also a leader in environmental education, offering award-winning programs to help build the next generation of environmental stewards.
Thriving ecosystems support biodiversity, provide natural solutions for climate change impacts, and promote a healthy, wild Alberta. Not only do healthy ecosystems benefit our landscape, but they benefit us. They provide us with clean water, support our communities and economy, supply us with food, protect us from natural disasters, and allow us to recreate and enjoy Alberta’s landscape. When nature thrives, we thrive.
We're committed developing relationships across all sectors, non-profit, businesses, and government, and Indigenous partners to ensure everyone’s values are respected. Join us in bringing Albertans together to fight for a resilient landscape.
Before Coal Mining
After Coal Mining
Protect the Eastern Slopes
Write your letter TODAY to ensure that the Eastern Slopes of the Rocky Mountains see greater protections in the Rocky Mountains and policies keep the region safe from coal mining.
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A Legacy of Impact
Our vision is to see an Alberta landscape which has a growing abundance of parks, protected areas and wilderness, where nature thrives because of the conservation efforts of and for all Albertans.
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CPAWS has been protecting our Canadian Wilderness since 1963. The Banff / Calgary Chapter (now CPAWS Southern Alberta) was one of the first to be established.
Albertans Engaged in Nature Education.
Our award-winning environmental education programs have been delivered to Calgary and surrounding areas since 1997.
CPAWS Southern Alberta’s eDNA Study Confirms Presence of Bull Trout in Loomis Creek
Government of Alberta adds 1,400 hectares of new protected areas, delists 12 other sites
The 2024 Alberta Budget: Our Recommendations
Debunking Forestry Myths: A Closer Look at Wildfire Risk and its Impact on Communities, Biodiversity and Wildlife
Critical Habitat and SARA Permits: Part 2
Grassy Mountain is Not an Exempt Project
Defending Alberta Parks
Parks and protected areas make Alberta resilient. They provide us with places to escape the everyday, connect with nature, and feel refreshed and peaceful. On top of the individual mental and physical health benefits of parks, they also provide us with clean drinking water, store carbon in their trees, soils and grasses, and provide homes for the wildlife that many of us admire and depend on for food.