Season's Greetings from Sarah Parker, ED

Season’s Greetings from Sarah Parker, ED

Happy Holidays everyone!

In some ways, it feels like the holidays have been around the corner since our snow-filled September, and in other ways it feels like December has come at lightning speed!

2018 was a wonderful year for us at Glenbow Ranch Park Foundation. Armed with new technology, thanks to a grant from the Cochrane Foundation, we got to move back into our new and improved office space and reopen the Visitor Information Center. This has allowed us to meet many of you face-to-face and we encourage more of you to stop in and say hello.

We found new sponsors for our Steward Program, Explore Grasslands Program, and Pond Exploration Program in Catalyst, Alberta Beef Producers, and Urban Systems respectively. We thank them for their continued support.

We took on new and exciting projects like our Visitor Information Translated Services Project. With support from the Alberta Parks, the Calgary Foundation, and the Bearspaw Historical Society, we translated our brochure and golf cart tours into five languages: Tagalog, French, Arabic, Punjabi, and Spanish. Working with Cochrane Family Services and Helping Hands, we trained five wonderful new volunteers to lead our golf cart tours in their respective languages. The project was a huge success. If you wish to book a tour in any of these five languages next summer, please let us know.

Our three school programs (led by our Public Program and Outreach Coordinator Nathan) delivered hands-on learning to thousands of area students. We travelled far this year when we were asked to deliver programming in Lundbreck, Alberta. I guess word of our exceptional programming is spreading!
We also had a number of events like a stargazing night, fat bike tours, Jane’s walks, and historical walking tours that many of you took part it in. We hope to bring each of these back – along with a monthly guided hike in the park – so keep reading our newsletters for more information.

Our monthly Park Talks continue to be held at the Nan Boothby Library until our new four-season classroom is completed in the spring.

The Park Stewards worked hard throughout 2018 on various citizen science projects, weeding missions, photography assignments, manning the Visitor Center, and representing the Foundation throughout the Calgary-Cochrane area. We could not manage without these tremendous volunteers.

While our successes are many, we continue to seek donations, big and small. It is no surprise that our current economic climate has resulted in a dramatic downturn in donations. I encourage all of you to keep us in mind in your giving plans.

We thank all of you – our friends, donors, partners, visitors, and especially Alberta Parks, for allowing us to do the work we do.

2019 looks to be a year of excitement, and I can’t wait to experience it with all of you.

Have a wonderful holiday season with friends and family!


Please consider showing your support for Glenbow Ranch Park Foundation by donating today. It is your donations that allow us to do our work all year round.



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Give a membership for Christmas!

Give a membership for Christmas!

2019 GRPF memberships are now available. By buying a membership to Glenbow Ranch Park Foundation, you are showing your love for this unique Provincial Park and supporting the work that our Foundation does ...
Hike the Ranch

Hike the Ranch

In 2019, the Glenbow Ranch Foundation will host a series of hikes on the many Provincial Park trails within Glenbow Ranch. During these guided hikes, the participants will learn the history of the Park from its ranchland days of the 1800s to the early 20th century when it was the site of the town of Glenbow and a local sandstone quarry ...
You can still help with the Herbarium Project

You can still help with the Herbarium Project

Through last month’s Giving Tuesday Campaign, we hope to build a new Native Plant Garden outside the Visitor’s Center. We also hope to make the work of the Herbarium Group available to the public by creating an exhibit of their pressings inside the Visitor’ Center. A display would rotate dried specimen examples of each ‘plant’ present in the park. ...
MEC night is tonight!

MEC night is tonight!

Don't forget that tonight there is an exclusive event for GRPF members. Bring your membership card with you to MEC tonight between 7 and 9 p.m. and get 10% off your entire purchase! ...

Upcoming Events

A Different Kind of Park

Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park is where it all comes together – the past, the present, and the future. Come for an hour, a morning or a day… there’s always something to see at the Park. Within minutes of Calgary and Cochrane, but remote enough to allow for you to recreate, relax and reflect in rural surroundings. This is your Park!

Blast from the Past

Stevenson house ruins 1983 Theo Mitchell
Stevenson house ruins 1983, Theo Mitchell
Near Glenbow Quarry 1983 Theo Mitchell 2
Near Glenbow Quarry 1983, Theo Mitchell
Glenbow Quarry 1983 Theo Mitchell 3
Glenbow Quarry 1983, Theo Mitchell
Glenbow Store doorway 1983 Theo Mitchell
Glenbow Store doorway 1983, Theo Mitchell
255001 Glenbow Road
Cochrane, Alberta T4C 0B7
Phone: 403-851-9053

Park Hours
The park is open for your enjoyment Sunrise to Sunset every day of the year.

Visitor Information Centre
Open 11:00 am to 3:00 pm* on weekends over the fall and winter pending volunteer availability.





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