1. 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!

    Sarah

    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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  2. 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.

    This year, one lucky 2019 member will win a gift basket filled with gift certificates, vouchers and great items from our incredible Perk Partners. Basket items include two day bike rentals from Bow Cycle, essential oil and creams from Grand Avenue Pharmacy, gift certificates from Ski Cellar and Mona Lisa Artist’s Materials and so many more. You have until January 3 to purchase your membership. Winner will be announced January 4.

    Individual Memberships are $35 and Family Memberships are $50. 

    You can purchase your membership online, or come by the Visitor Information Center when it is open and purchase it from us. Join the herd and purchase your membership today!

    Give your gift of a Foundation Membership (Family or Individual) today!

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  3. 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.

    See the many changes of the season unfold before your eyes as the cold winter months give way to the explosion of wildflowers and then the vibrant colours of the fall. Please watch the newsletter and Facebook page for more information.

  4. 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. The display would feature a description of the plant anatomy and it’s growth habit, it’s historical significance (if applicable) to indigenous peoples and settlers, medicinal properties (if any), forage values (if any), scientific and/or common name meaning and significance (if any) and photograph in the field.

    We are always being asked for information about the plants in this stunning provincial park, and we know that this display would be greatly used and appreciated by park visitors.

    Even though Giving Tuesday has passed, you can still direct your donation to the Herbarium Project. Click the button below and choose “Herbarium Project” under “Fund.”

    Show your support for Glenbow Ranch Park Foundation by donating to the Herbarium project today.

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  5. 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!

  6. Giving Tuesday: What is the Herbarium Project?

    For years now, a small group of dedicated Glenbow Ranch Park Foundation volunteers have met nearly every Thursday, rain or shine, to work on a citizen science herbarium project. Throughout these years, they have created a bond of friendship through long walks, hours spent preserving their specimens, sharing their work with botanists, and many an afternoon tea break.

    The Herbarium Project is a volunteer-driven project (with proper Alberta Parks permitting) that catalogues the various plants found within Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park. This includes (but is not limited to) forbs, grasses, grasslike species (e.g. sedges), shrubs, and trees. At this time, fungi are not included. Their purpose, as they see it, is to foster interest in the variety and abundance of plant life in the park, which is a relatively undisturbed fragment of the province. They hope that by sharing the abundance of species they document, they inspire and engage visitors to respect, appreciate, and protect what is growing around us.

    Through this 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. The display would feature a description of the plant anatomy and it’s growth habit, it’s historical significance (if applicable) to indigenous peoples and settlers, medicinal properties (if any), forage values (if any), scientific and/or common name meaning and significance (if any) and photograph in the field.

    We are always being asked for information about the plants in this stunning provincial park, and we know that this display would be greatly used and appreciated by park visitors.

     

     

    You can donate to the Herbarium Project now!

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  7. Park Talk: Rocky Mountain Sport for All

    Hear from Rocky Mountain Adaptive as they describe their work in providing individuals with any disability the chance to access all sport and recreational activities in the Canadian Rockies.

    Presenter: Kim Cosman

    Kim Cosman has been involved in adaptive alpine skiing since 2011 after completing her first adaptive ski certifications in New Zealand. After 12 back to back winter seasons between Canada and New Zealand she has gone on to complete her adaptive trainers certifications in both countries as well as courses in coaching, empowering students with disabilities and adult education.

    In the winter of 2014 she joined Rocky Mountain Adaptive as their winter program coordinator. In this role she has been able to provide instruction to both adaptive athletes and up and coming adaptive instructors. Recently, Kim has taken on the role of year round Program Coordinator with Rocky Mountain Adaptive, and is “warming up” to summers in Canada! She also acts as the Program Coordinator for the Remarkables Adaptive Snowsports Programme in Queenstown, New Zealand.

     

    November 20, 2018
    6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
    Nan Boothby Library
    405 Railway St W

     
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  8. In memory of Christine Pike

    We lost our dear friend, Christine Pike, suddenly on October 23.

    Christine was born in London, England, and had a very happy childhood growing up with her much-loved older brother, Peter. She met and married Roger and soon after emigrated to Canada, settling at the West Coast and living in various locations on the mainland and Salt Spring Island. They raised two daughters, Sarah and Emma, and later moved to the Cochrane area.

    Chris was a passionate environmentalist and soon joined the Cochrane Environmental Action Committee where she was instrumental in setting up the Farmer’s Market and starting a recycling program. Chris volunteered at the Wildlife Recovery Centre near Madden and loved taking care of the animals there.

    She gave a lot of her time and energy to the Tai Chi Association in Cochrane, teaching a beginner’s class for many years and was a regular attendee at the continuing class.

    She was a Bow Valley Steward and was a Steward at Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park since the park first opened. Chris enjoyed monitoring the wildlife cameras and planting native flower and native grass beds, as well as being a part of a group of six volunteers working on the herbarium project.

    Volunteering in the community played a big part in Chris’ life, but her first love was her family: her husband, Roger; her daughter, Sarah, and her husband Sebastian, their children Julian and Sadie; and her daughter Emma and her husband, Robin, and their son, Peter.

    We’ll miss Chris so much, she was a wonderful friend.

  9. GRPF Membership Drive has begun!

    We are excited to announce that our 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.

    This year, one lucky 2019 member will win a gift basket filled with gift certificates, vouchers and great items from our incredible Perk Partners. Basket items include two day bike rentals from Bow Cycle, essential oil and creams from Grand Avenue Pharmacy, gift certificates from Ski Cellar and Mona Lisa Artist’s Materials and so many more.

    Keep an eye on our Facebook page where we will be unveiling more basket items throughout the month of November. Individual Memberships are $35 and Family Memberships are $50.

    You can purchase your membership online, or come by the Visitor Information Center when it is open and purchase it from us. We will also be at the Cochrane Safeway the weekend of November 24-25 where you will get a chance to purchase a membership, make a general donation and meet one of our amazing volunteers. Join the herd and purchase your membership today!

  10. Letter from Andy Crooks, Chairman of the Board

    It’s coming on November. The summer has ended, and the fall is turning to winter. Another turn of the wheel at Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park.

    And what a great season at the park! The animal population on the park continues to evolve. New species are returning to the park after decades of absence while the valley was ranched. New species are reported. This is exciting news for all of us. The osprey nests have proven to be a great home for our long-established osprey family.

    We hope that the newly-returned badgers can thin out the gopher population to allow us to restore our fescue experimentation. Time alone will tell. And of course, animals and vegetation are not enough. The new Visitors Center is terrific. The renovations are complete, and the new Visitors Center is a high-functioning, welcoming environment.

    Time and time again I’m asked, “How can I support the Glenbow Ranch Park Foundation?” Well, first you could donate money. On our website or at the Visitor Center of the park, everybody there will be happy to receive your money and have you join us in this grand venture.

    Secondly, you could join our volunteers. The volunteers provide the backbone of Visitor Services for the park. The favourable reviews and comments that visitors give about the park reflect the passion and knowledge of our great volunteers.

    The volunteers have a lot of fun, and you could join them and have just as much fun.

    And don’t forget, you can support the park by buying or renewing your membership, which comes with a whole list of special perks from local businesses.

    We wish you all a happy and prosperous New Year and a Very Merry Christmas.

    Andy Crooks
    Chairman of the Board

    Please consider showing your support for Glenbow Ranch Park Foundation by donating today. It is your donations that allow us to do our work, not just throughout the summer, but all year round.

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255001 Glenbow Road
Cochrane, Alberta T4C 0B7
Phone: 403-851-9053
Email: experienceglenbow@grpf.ca

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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