1. Cochrane Now: Fat Bike Tours

    Fat bikers–this one is for you!

    Due to its enormous popularity last winter, the Ultimate Fat Bike Tour is returning on Mar. 9 to the Glenbow Park Provincial Park. Registration is now open for the two time slots available and it’s recommended to sign up early.

    In partnership with Bike Bros, the park foundation introduced the tour last winter. It proved so popular, that the tour sold out quickly and a second was added.

    Fat bikers will take off for about a 2.5 hour guided trek to enjoy the many splendors of the unique provincial park, just east of Cochrane. Participants will have a chance to enjoy the park’s stunning vistas and along the way will view some of the historical features of the park.

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  2. Cochrane Eagle: Glenbow Ranch planning massive Indigenous celebration

    Mark June 21 on your calendars as Glenbow Ranch is planning a massive celebration for National Indigenous Peoples Day.

    Sarah Parker, the park’s executive director, said while it is still early in the planning stages the park is looking to create a day that showcases all Indigenous culture has to offer.

    From dancing and drumming to Indigenous games, she said the event will be something for the whole family.

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  3. Park Talk: Badgers in your Backyard

    Badgers in your Backyard – A glimpse into the ecology of an important grassland predator.

    This presentation will give you insight into the ecology of North American badgers, demonstrate how these fossorial carnivores can help us maintain and restore healthily grassland systems, and dispel a few common myths.

    About the Presenter:
    Nicole Heim

    Nicole Heim is a Wildlife Ecologist who has focused on understanding and conserving terrestrial carnivores. With over 15 years of experience, she has hands on experience researching cougars, bears, badgers, and wolverines.

    In addition to the fierce and fuzzy critters, Nicole has focused her attention on understanding how natural and human land-use factors influence long-term population persistence carnivores and other terrestrial mammals throughout Rocky Mountains and along Alberta’s East Slopes.

     

    February 19, 2019
    6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
    Nan Boothby Library
    405 Railway St W
    Please consider a donation to help support the Park Talks program

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  4. Park Talk: Wildlife Rehabilitation

    Whooo knows about wildlife rehabilitation? 

    Calgary Wildlife Rehabilitation Society does!

    Whooo are they?

    The Calgary Wildlife Rehabilitation Society (CWRS) is an organization dedicated to treating injured and orphaned wildlife, providing valuable outreach and education services to the community and engaging all volunteers in motivational work and skill building experience.

    Whooo is invited?

    You are! We invite you to kick off this year’s speaker series with a talk by Jenna McFarland at the Calgary Wildlife Rehabilitation Society about their organization’s efforts in and around Calgary, especially with owls.

    Presenter: Jenna McFarland

    Jenna McFarland has been a working zoologist for 17 years, the last 7 of which have been at the Calgary Wildlife Rehabilitation Society.  As the Director of Animal Care for Calgary Wildlife, she is responsible for the over 2500 patients that enter the clinic every year. Though her career began on the coral reefs of Australia, she now spends her days on land where she is particularly passionate about large rodents and neonatal mammal care. Jenna is an enthusiastic naturalist and loves to speak to groups of all ages about the wonders of the natural world.

     

    January 22, 2019
    6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
    Nan Boothby Library
    405 Railway St W

    Please consider a donation to help support the Park Talks program

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  5. Register Now: Hike the Park

    Panoramic views, extraordinary history, and a great trail system say it all. Enjoy all of this on guided hikes through the park.

    These hikes will be led by Alan Sitter, a Certified Hike Leader with Outdoor Council of Canada and avid hike leader for Special Needs individuals. Alan hikes or snowshoes most weeks all year long. As a Steward for the Glenbow Ranch, he is well versed in the extraordinary history that the Ranch has seen and is always looking forward to telling its tale to whoever would like to listen.

    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.

    The first hike for 2019 will be on Family Day, Monday, February 18 at 10:00 AM. This winter hike will be two hours long. Find out how the winter of 1882-83 changed the course of ranching in the Glenbow/Cochrane area. The hike will be limited to 15 participants to ensure the quality of the experience. The cost is $10.00.

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  6. Happy New Year

    What a gorgeous start it has been to 2019! Sunny days, beautiful sunrises and sunsets, and lots of fresh snowfall in the mountains. Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park is a stunning setting to view the white-capped mountains and if you have not been here lately – now is a perfect time to visit!

    We are excited for the year ahead. Many new things are on the horizon. Monthly hikes led by our seasoned guide and GRPF steward Allan Sitter will kick off February 18. These hikes are limited to 15 participants, so register on our website early if you are interested! We continue to fundraise for a native plant garden outside our Visitor Information Centre and a new display in the Centre showcasing our steward-led Herbarium Project’s work. If you are interested in donating to these projects, please do!

    We are also pleased to share that construction on a new stand-alone classroom is set to begin this spring (pending funding). Led by Alberta Parks, this building will be our new Centre for educational programming and replace our former classroom, which has been converted to offices. In this new building, we will have more space to welcome children from around the Calgary area and will be able to host our monthly park talks once again.

    I am also excited to announce that with support from the Government of Alberta’s Recreation and Physical Activity Branch, we will be offering a series of guided bicycle tours of the park in 2019! These tours will allow you to learn about the history and ecology of Glenbow Ranch all while riding your own bike. Our guides will have bike maintenance training, First Aid and a deep knowledge of Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park. Keep fit and have fun! Stay tuned for more information.

    We are also planning many other exciting events and projects, so stay tuned for more!

    We continue to offer our core programming and have been busy providing unique experiential learning opportunities to thousands of local children. Discover Archeology, Explore Grasslands, and our Pond Invertebrate Species Program continue to be offered throughout the year. Our golf cart tours will be back in the Spring.

    And of course, our stewards, sponsored by Catalyst, continue to do important and rewarding work throughout the park. If you are interested in becoming a steward yourself – please let us know!

    Have a wonderful beginning to 2019,

    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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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.

  10. 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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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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