Why Grasslands?

Every day Alberta's grasslands provide gifts of vast biodiversity, rich cultural heritage and essential ecosystem services.

And yet, less than 2% of this amazing natural region is protected. What gives??? And how and why should any of us care? Together, CPAWS Southern Alberta and the perspectives and lessons of those who inhabit and define grasslands—from Indigenous voices to species at risk—will reveal how relationships lie at the heart of why grasslands matter now and forever... 

Join CPAWS on this rich and wonderful experience to meet your prairie home again, for the first time. 


Hunt like hawks, belong like bison, and experience first-hand the beauty, strength, and diversity of your grasslands!

What teachers & students are saying

  • “My favourite part was knowing that this place is right here, and that I can come back to it and keep learning. The Grasslands are amazing! ”

    - Grade 4 Student, RancheView School, Cochrane, AB
  • "Sheri’s ‘hands-on’ approach allowed my students to establish their own ‘real-life’ grasslands connections. They are still talking about their hike experience! Because of this experience, I confidently have more to bring to my teaching of Grade 4 social studies, and science as well."

    "Most of all, I really liked how Sheri built towards and asked us all to consider ‘what we can do to giveback to the grasslands’; to take action."

    -Grade 4-6 teacher, Killarney School, Calgary
  • “Before your program, they had an idea of living in and with the cultivated prairie, not the grasslands. Not as part of a unique ecosystem. Now they talk about animals that are only in the grasslands. They talk about themselves as living in the grasslands, what it looks like, and what it means. It comes up in our conversations regularly. And seeing those ah-ha moments, those personalized lightbulbs of connection and meaning, that’s’ my CPAWS highlight.”

    - Jennifer Yanos, Grade 7 Teacher, RancheView School, Cochrane, AB
  • “Before this program, I used to think that the grasslands were just—well—grass! And now, after being out here, I now know that there are so many different species and plants. And, wow, that is just one of the grasslands gifts—there are so many!”

    - Grade 7 Student, RancheView School, Cochrane, AB

Which grade levels is this experience for? 

  • Grade 4
  • Grade 7
  • Grade 9

Which modalities are available for this experience? 


We will visit you in your classroom or community space for 2 x 1 hour visits. Hands-on activities, visuals, and FUN await!


A 1 hour online extravaganza! With interaction, discussion, and activities, we'll make sure to bring all the online fun!


You can choose between the following locations for this experience: Nose Hill Park or Beauvais Lake Provincial Park.

Please note down your planned location as you will be asked to fill this information out during time of booking.


We will meet you in your local community and show you how you can make the most of the green spaces right at your doorstep!


*Please note down your planned located for a hike/community walk as you will be asked to fill this information out during time of booking.


Core Competencies

  • Critical Thinking
  • Problem Solving
  • Managing Information
  • Creativity & Innovation
  • Communication
  • Collaboration
  • Cultural and Global Citizenship
  • Personal Growth & Well-Being

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