Leaders in Conservation, Waldron and Beyond Tour 2014, AB, Photo by NCC

Leaders in Conservation, Waldron and Beyond Tour 2014, AB, Photo by NCC

2015 LIC exclusive property tours

 Sandstone Ranch, Alberta (Photo by Karol Dabbs)
 Sandstone Ranch, Milk River Ridge Natural Area, AB (Photo by Karol Dabbs)

A Sandstone Saunter - June 18, 2015

Calgary meeting place: Heritage Park - Parking Lot D
Lethbridge meeting place: Good Earth Coffeehouse, Fairway Plaza

7:30a.m. - 6:00p.m. Calgary / 9:30a.m. - 4:00p.m. Lethbridge

* Van will depart from Calgary and we will meet in Lethbridge, where we will travel to Sandstone Ranch.

Sandstone Ranch — History, hawks, and hiking in an endless grassland located in the deep south of Alberta’s Milk River Ridge Natural Area, soaring raptors, towering hoodoos and endless grasslands can be seen on the 4,100-acre (1,659-hectare) Sandstone Ranch. Conserved in late 2007 with several partners, the Nature Conservancy of Canada’s (NCC's) Sandstone Ranch provides significant habitat for rare and endangered species, such as ferruginous hawk. The Milk River Ridge contains the most extensive area of well managed Foothills Fescue grassland in Canada! This stunning property still remains a working landscape today, where cattle grazing is managed as a sustainable activity on the landscape.

Trip was FULL - Tour summary will be available soon.

 Waldron, AB (Photo by Kyle Marquardt, kylefoto.com)
 Waldron, Southern Foothills, AB (Photo by NCC)

The Royal Tour - June 28, 2015

Meeting place: Ann and Sandy Cross Conservation Area

8:00a.m. - 6:00p.m. Calgary

Waldron Property — Who are the King brothers anyway? At 30,536 acres (12,340 hectares), the Waldron is the largest conservation easement in Canadian history. In the fall of 2013, the Waldron appeared on the cover of the Globe and Mail and The Calgary Herald. In 2010, The Waldron Grazing Cooperative was a recipient of the National Environmental Stewardship Award. Leaders on this this tour will explore the Waldron and beyond as we look at the original and historical homestead of the King brothers. 

To learn more about the Waldron project please visit: www.conservewaldron.ca.

 Trip was FULL - Tour Summary to be available soon.

 Bunchberry Meadows Conservation Area, AB (Photo by Kyle Marquardt)
 Bunchberry Meadows, Capital Conservation Region, AB (Photo by Kyle Marquardt)

Thistle Be Grand - July 18, 2015

Meeting place: Devonian Botanic Garden

9:00a.m. - 4:00p.m. Edmonton

Capital Conservation Region — Join us as we explore some of the projects in the Capital Conservation Region. LICs on this tour will be some of the first to experience one of NCC’s newest conservation projects: Bunchberry Meadows — a 610-acre (250-hectare) property located just outside of the City of Edmonton. Bunchberry Meadows offers six kilometres of trails and bird watchers can enjoy the countless species that call this landscape home. For more information on this project, please visit: www.conservebunchberry.ca

Once Bunchberry Meadows has been explored, Leaders on this tour will make their way to the Clifford E. Lee Nature Sanctuary. The Clifford E. Lee Nature Sanctuary protects 348 acres (141 hectares) of marshland, open meadow, aspen parkland and pine. The variety of habitats in the sanctuary provides ideal opportunities for wildlife viewing and attracts a diversity of animals including over 100 bird species! NCC holds a conservation easement on 332 acres (134 hectares) of the sanctuary. For the past 10 years NCC’s Conservation Volunteers have donated their time remove creeping thistle from the site and it is their hard work and dedication has allowed for the naturalization of many areas once dominated by creeping thistle!

Tour FULL - Tour Summary to be available soon.

LIC member-initiated property tours: Choose your own adventure with your friends!

Do you have friends interested in becoming a Leader in Conservation? This is your opportunity to arrange a tour with a group of friends who want to learn more about NCC, the LIC program and enjoy a day-long or half-day adventure. You name the general area in Alberta, activities you would like to do and we will plan an itinerary for us all to enjoy!

Need ideas?

  • Horseback riding adventure
  • Learn the art of fly fishing
  • Wildflower hikes
  • Nature photography workshops

*Please note: there may be additional costs depending on the adventure you choose.

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