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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Alberta Conservation Association provides vital funding to

Glenbow Ranch Park Foundation for education and restoration programs

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COCHRANE, AB – From children’s programs and invasive species control, to research into the most effective ways to restore native grasslands, Alberta Conservation Association (ACA) has once again thrown itself behind Glenbow Ranch Park Foundation’s (GRPF) work at Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park.

ACA’s Conservation, Community and Education Grants for 2016-2017 have provided GRPF with funding for the 2016 Vegetation Management, Environmental and Conservation Education, and Native Grassland Ecosystem Restoration Programs at the park.

Vegetation management support enables GRPF, working alongside Alberta Parks, to keep in check the invasive species, or weeds, that are a constant threat to the integrity of the park’s native grasslands. The ACA support of educational programming allows the GRPF to offer reasonably-priced family and adult programs at the park. Golf cart tours provide an overview of the park’s historical and ecological resources, while family programs allow children and parents to get down and dirty, immersing themselves in everything from birds and insects, to the murky depths of pond life. Working alongside Tannas Conservation Services’ president, Steven Tannas, the restoration program goal is to determine the most economically viable and efficient ways of restoring native grasslands. The outcomes of this research will benefit private and public landowners, and industry.

“The Glenbow Ranch Park Foundation plays a critical role in maintaining an important piece of Alberta’s natural heritage through their work within Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park,” notes Todd Zimmerling, President and CEO of the ACA. “Alberta Conservation Association is proud to be a supporter of both the on-going environmental education programs and the on the ground habitat management that occurs at the Park. I would encourage anyone who has not taken the time to visit Glenbow Provincial Park to do so, as the experience is worthwhile, thanks to the Glenbow Ranch Park Foundation.”

“The visions and missions of the ACA and GRPF are beautifully aligned,” says the GRPF’s Susan de Caen. “Through education and science, both organizations strive to reconnect the general public with nature. Though the majority of Albertans live in urban areas, we are fortunate in the variety of ways that we can escape the daily hustle and bustle of city life. Natural landscapes, such as Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park, in close proximity to our large centres, are convenient ways to rediscover and experience the outdoors. Together, GRPF and ACA provide the means by which we can all enjoy the outdoors.”

About the Alberta Conservation Association

Alberta Conservation Association (ACA) wants all Albertans to enjoy the outdoors. Conserving the fish, wildlife and habitat resources we enjoy makes Alberta the beautiful and balanced place it is. Caring for what we’ve got now is for nature’s own sake, definitely. But conservation is also about keeping our connections to the past, getting outdoors now, and most of all—shaping our quality of life tomorrow.  For more information visit www.ab-conservation.com.

 

About the Glenbow Ranch Park Foundation

The Glenbow Ranch Park Foundation was established in 2007 as a partner in the development of Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park. Through a partnership with the Alberta Government, the GRPF provides visitor services, public programs, oversees a group of vibrant volunteers, and fundraises for the provincial park. For more information visit www.grpf.ca.

 

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For more information, contact Susan de Caen

Executive Director, Glenbow Ranch Park Foundation

587-777-4090 or email susan.decaen@grpf.ca

 

Photo Caption: Left to Right, Back: Susan de Caen, Executive Director, Glenbow Ranch Park Foundation;  Kevin Fitzsimmons, Senior Biologist, Alberta Conservation Association; Alyssa Thompson, Summer Public Programmer,  Glenbow Ranch Park Foundation;  Kim Edwards, Summer Public Programmer,  Glenbow Ranch Park Foundation; Don Carruthers Den Hoed, East Kananaskis Area Manager, Alberta Environment and Parks        Left to Right, Front: Jacob Eberley, Summer Vegetation Management Field Assistant, Glenbow Ranch Park Foundation;  Pauline Hondl, Summer Grassland Restoration Field Assistant; Blake Weis, Vegetation Management, Alberta Environment and Parks

 

 

 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Cochrane Foundation supports native grassland research at Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park

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COCHRANE, AB – Thanks to local community organizations, like the Cochrane Foundation, Glenbow Ranch Park Foundation is able to offer programs, infrastructure improvements, and research opportunities at Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park.

This year the Cochrane Foundation has made a dedicated investment in not only the park, but in research that will allow parks, private land owners, and industry to better understand how to restore native grasslands. With only 5% of Alberta’s native grasslands remaining intact, these ecosystems are particularly rare. The research being carried out by the Glenbow Ranch Park Foundation hopes to provide economic and efficient methods to restore disturbed lands to native fescue grasslands.

“The Cochrane Foundation is very pleased to support such an amazing amenity to our community.  Our entire Board is very passionate about the projects at the Park and the broad range of benefits brought to our town and surrounding area,” says Tim Harvie, Foundation Chairman.

“The Cochrane Foundation’s ongoing support and investment in Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park makes this an incredibly special place to visit,” says Susan de Caen, of the GRPF. “The Cochrane Foundation’s belief in the Glenbow Ranch Park Foundation and Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park have enhanced park accessibility, regional connectivity, and innovative research. We couldn’t do it without them”

 

In 2014, the Cochrane Foundation helped fund the purchase of one of the large golf carts used to provide tours for hundreds of visitors each summer. Golf cart tours of the Park ensure that visitors of all physical abilities are able to get out and experience the trails that stretch from Calgary to Cochrane. Tour participants rave about the tours. During these two hour guided programs, staff and volunteers share their passion and knowledge about the park’s ecology and history, inspiring visitors to return and explore the park on their own.

The Foundation also provided much-needed dollars to build Bearspaw Trail at the eastern-most reaches of the Park. This 2.2 kilometer stretch of trail, completed in the fall of 2015, will connect to the City of Calgary’s Haskayne Legacy Park, development of which is anticipated to commence later this year. When Haskayne is fully built out, recreational enthusiasts will be able to run, walk, or bike from Calgary all the way to Cochrane.

 

About the Cochrane Foundation

The Cochrane Foundation builds and manages a permanent endowment fund for the purpose of improving the quality of life in Cochrane and district, now and forever. Since 1993, they have reinvested over $787,000 back into the Cochrane community, through the good work of 90 recipient local organizations.

 

 

About the Glenbow Ranch Park Foundation

The Glenbow Ranch Park Foundation was established in 2007 as a partner in the development of Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park. Through a partnership with the Alberta Government, the GRPF provides visitor services, public programs, and fundraises for the provincial park. For more information visit www.grpf.ca.

 

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For more information, contact Susan de Caen

Executive Director, Glenbow Ranch Park Foundation

587-777-4090 or email susan.decaen@grpf.ca

 

Photo Caption: Cochrane Foundation Board members recently took in the sights at Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park with an evening golf cart tour. Left to Right: Tim Harvie, Cochrane Foundation Board  Chair; Jim Blyth, Cochrane Foundation Board  Vice-Chair; Darlene Chrapko, Calgary Foundation Student Awards Officer; Bill Dickson, Calgary Foundation Liaison for Cochrane Foundation Board; Ian Kruger, Cochrane Foundation Board Director; Lynn Thomson, Cochrane Foundation Board Director; Lynn Edge, Cochrane Foundation Board Treasurer; and Kelsey Envik, Cochrane Foundation Board Secretary.

 

 

 

MEDIA RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, May 30, 2016

 Cochrane community leaders partner for Parks Day at 

Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park

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COCHRANE, AB –Glenbow Ranch Park Foundation is once again teaming up with the Rotary Club of Cochrane and Alberta Parks to host Canada’s Parks Day at Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park on July 16. This annual, nation-wide event is a great way to celebrate parks and their impact on ecosystem and human health.

With the help of many Cochrane and area businesses, this year’s Run at the Ranch events include five trail running races as part of the 5 Peaks Trail Running series with the Watermark at Bearspaw Timed Kids Race, Grand Avenue Pharmacy-The Health Store Sports Course, Big Sky Landscaping Enduro Course, GoodLife Fitness Half-Marathon, and a free Children’s Challenge. Run registration already exceeds 240 and registration has been capped at 500.

An afternoon of free family events include face painting sponsored by Mountain View Optometry, pony rides sponsored by Cochrane Dodge Chrysler Jeep, the Cochrane Lions Rodeo Royalty, the Cochrane Fun Van, Cochrane Search and Rescue K9 and Ground SAR demonstrations, Alberta Parks Mounted Patrol, Parks interpreters, and more! Organizers hope to raise more than $8,000 for GRPF.

“We’re very pleased to participate in the Run and Parks Day again this year,” says Tom Wilk, with the Rotary Club of Cochrane. “Our members are overwhelmingly in support of the GRPF partnership each year, as it fosters good health and well-being as well as improves our community.  Everyone should be encouraged to participate in some way during the festivities either by joining one of the races or coming out to enjoy the entertainment during Parks day and the world-class Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park.”

“Community support for the event is key to the success of the day,” says Susan de Caen, of the GRPF. “Local sponsorship and volunteer work in support of Parks Day is an essential part of making this celebration a reality. Working together, Parks Day allows us all to celebrate parks, family, the environment, and develop a real sense of community.”

 

2016 Parks Day at Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park

July 16

Run at the Ranch: 7:30 – 11:00 AM

Free family activities:  11:30 – 3:30 PM

Information and race registration: www.grpf.ca/parksday

 

About the Glenbow Ranch Park Foundation

The Glenbow Ranch Park Foundation was established in 2007 as a partner in the development of Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park. Through a partnership with the Alberta Government, the GRPF provides visitor services, public programs, and fundraises for the provincial park. For more information visit www.grpf.ca.

 

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For more information, contact Susan de Caen

Executive Director, Glenbow Ranch Park Foundation

587-777-4090 or email susan.decaen@grpf.ca

 

Photo Caption: Huntley Johnston, Alberta Parks; Susan de Caen, Glenbow Ranch Park Foundation; Melissa Simpson, Trickle Creek Designer Homes; Carla Crews, Watermark at Bearspaw; Candice Strawson, GoodLife Fitness; Paul Kennedy, Rotary Club of Cochrane; Reid Kimmett, Grand Avenue Pharmacy; Tom Wilk, Rotary Club of Cochrane and Mountain View Optometry; Bob MacLeod, Rotary Club of Cochrane.

Photo Credit: Karol Dabbs

 


 


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July 18, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

CAMPAIGN UPDATE: $194,732.48 Raised for the Calgary to Cochrane Trail

 

COCHRANE, AB$194,732.48 in donations have poured in for the Calgary to Cochrane Trail (C to C Trail) surpassing the $100,000 campaign goal and allowing for construction of the trail to begin this fall.

“It’s amazing,” says Tara McFadden of the Glenbow Ranch Park Foundation (GRPF). “Visitors have been asking for years when the connections from Calgary to Cochrane through Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park are going to happen. Thanks to the overwhelming number of donations from our trail supporters, we now have a definite answer. GRPF thought the $100,000 goal was attainable, but nearly doubling it is thrilling. ”

In just over four months, more than 800 donations were made towards the trail project, with donations ranging from $5 to $10,000. The campaign funds will support this fall’s construction of Bearspaw Trail; phase one of the C to C Trail through Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park. The 2.2 km trail will provide the connection to the City of Calgary’s Haskayne Park, projected to be developed in 2016.

We’re excited to move forward on this new addition to the trail system in Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park, thanks to the Glenbow Ranch Park Foundation and the many donors,” says Travis Sjovold, East Kananaskis Area Manager for Alberta Parks. “We know the trail will enhance the park experience for all visitors”. The trail will be an extension of the current pathway system, adding to the nearly 30 km of trails already in the park.

“Thanks to our donors and supporters, Bearspaw Trail will be a reality,” says Susan de Caen, Executive Director of GRPF.  “Our next steps include working with Alberta Environment and Parks on its construction this fall, and then determining the project scope and costs for the next phase.  It’s an ambitious project, but with our supporters behind us we can make this happen.”

The City of Calgary is currently working towards the trail connection as well.  “We are excited to see the Glenbow Ranch portion of the trail moving forward with the successful fundraising campaign,” says Doug Marter, City of Calgary’s Parks Planning and Development Manager.  “Calgary Parks is looking forward to completing the final connection through to Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park in 2017.”

The completed trail will be part of the Trans Canada Trail network, and future phases will include new trails within the park, a railway crossing, and a pedestrian bridge across the Bow River to Cochrane.  The overall project cost is estimated to exceed $7.5 million.  Fundraising and construction will take place in multiple phases, with a completion goal of 2020.

Donations are still being accepted towards the C to C Trail. Funds raised in excess of the Bearspaw Trail project needs will be applied to future phases of the project.

Grant project supporters include the Government of Alberta’s Community Facility Enhancement Program, Rocky View County, Alberta TrailNet, the National Trails Coalition, Trans Canada Trail, Totem Charitable Foundation, Alberta Conservation Association, Bow RiversEdge Campground, and the Cochrane Foundation,

Donor names will be listed on the Glenbow Ranch Park Foundation website (www.grpf.ca) and social media channels. Donations at or above $100 will receive permanent recognition along the C TO C TRAIL. Endowment and bequest contributions are also welcome.

Donation & Recognition Levels

$1-$99                  Listing on GRPF website + social media announcement

$100                      Listing on donor sign (Porcupine Panel)

$500                      Listing on donor sign (Badger Panel)

$5,000                  Listing on donor sign (Fox Panel)

$25,000               Listing on donor sign (Osprey Panel)

$50,000               Listing on kilometre sign (Kilometre Club)

 

Supporting the Calgary to Cochrane Trail (C TO C TRAIL), and particularly, Phase One (Bearspaw Trail) campaign, is easy and convenient. Donors are invited to visit www.CtoCTrail.ca to make an online contribution.

Donations to Glenbow Ranch Park Foundation on behalf of the project can also be received by mail or in person at the Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park.  Donations can be made payable to Glenbow Ranch Park Foundation at 255001 Glenbow Road, Cochrane, AB T4C 0B7, noting the Calgary to Cochrane Trail. Call (403) 851-9053 or email ctoctrail@grpf.ca for more information.

 

For CtoC Trail campaign updates visit www.CtoCTrail.ca or follow the campaign on Facebook at www.facebook.com/glenbowranchparkfoundation or on Twitter @GlenbowRanch.

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About Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park

Bordering Calgary on the northwest corner of the city (Haskayne Park) and stretching 14 km along the Bow River to Cochrane, Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park is one of Alberta’s newest parks. Minutes away from Calgary and larger than Nose Hill Park, Glenbow Ranch protects more than 1,300 hectares of foothills parkland.

Visitors can enjoy scenic landscapes, explore the expansive trail system, or take part in GRPF’s public programs that offer a range of educational and recreational opportunities, including family programs and golf cart tours. The visitor centre is open throughout the summer and the park is open to day use visitors 365 days a year.

The park preserves and protects a natural and cultural heritage that spans thousands of years.

On-park research in being done to conserve and restore native grasslands, and the rich history of the area is evident in the tipi rings and the remains of the historic Glenbow town site.

Opened in 2011, Glenbow Ranch was established in 2006 by the Government of Alberta when it was acquired from the Harvie family. The family donated funds towards the development of the park and created the GRPF to partner with the Alberta government in the development and operation of the park. Thanks to this unique partnership, the park opened with nearly 30 km of trail, trail maps, interpretive signage, toilets, a railways crossing and visitor centre.

 

About Trans Canada Trail

The Trans Canada Trail is one of the world’s longest networks of trails, developed and promoted by a non-profit registered charity. When completed, the Trail will stretch nearly 24,000 km from the Atlantic to the Pacific to the Arctic oceans, linking Canadians in close to 1,000 communities.

Today, over 17,000 km of trail have been developed. Millions of Canadians and international visitors are using the trail to hike, cycle, ski, horseback ride, canoe and snowmobile. The Trans Canada Trail offers countless opportunities to explore Canada’s diverse landscapes and rich history.

About the Calgary to Cochrane Trail (C to C Trail)

The C to C Trail will be part of an expansive network of pathways to be constructed at Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park by 2020. The $7.5M trail system will be part of the Trans Canada Trail and will connect NW Calgary to Cochrane through Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park.  The project is being led by the Glenbow Ranch Park Foundation in partnership with Alberta Parks.

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For more information on this release and to
schedule an interview, contact Susan de Caen
at 403.851.9053


 

 

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July 6, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

 

CAMPAIGN UPDATE: End of the Trail for Calgary to Cochrane Trail Campaign

COCHRANE, AB – Midnight of Canada Day marked the end of the Calgary to Cochrane Trail (C to C Trail) fundraising campaign. The campaign goal was to raise $100,000 towards construction of Bearspaw Trail, phase one of the C to C Trail project.

“We’re blown away by the public support for this project” says Tara McFadden of the Glenbow Ranch Park Foundation.  “So many people have stepped up to donate towards the Calgary to Cochrane Trail.  We can’t thank them enough.”

“Donations came in from individuals, families, hiking groups, businesses, and more.  With over 800 donations being made to the C to C Trail project, it’s clear that this trail is something that people are excited to be a part of,” added McFadden.

The GRPF will be announcing the results of the fundraiser on July 18 as part of the Parks Day celebrations at Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park. “We don’t have the final numbers yet, but we’re looking forward to sharing some very good news,” McFadden says.

Provided the campaign reaches the $100,000 goal, construction of Bearspaw Trail will begin this fall. Bearspaw Trail will be the first phase of the project and will link the eastern edge of Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park to the City of Calgary’s Haskayne Park.

In addition to celebrating the results of the C to C Trail campaign, Parks Day is a nationwide celebration of parks. Parks Day at Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park includes a series of trail races, and an afternoon of free family activities including face painting, pony rides, a play from Alberta Parks along with a host of hands on activities.

“We invite everyone to bring their families and celebrate with us,” says Susan de Caen, Executive Director of the GRPF. “It’s going to be a great day at Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park.”

Trail enthusiasts who missed the opportunity to contribute before the Canada Day deadline can still be a part of making the trail a reality.  Ongoing donations to the C to C Trail project will be applied to future phases of the trail with an anticipated completion goal of 2020.  Future phases will include new trails within the park, a railway crossing, and a pedestrian bridge across the Bow River.

Donor names will be listed on the Glenbow Ranch Park Foundation website (www.grpf.ca) and social media channels. Donations at or above $100 will receive permanent recognition along the C to C Trail . Endowment and bequest contributions are also welcome.

 

Donation & Recognition Levels

$1-$99                  Listing on GRPF website + social media announcement

$100                      Listing on donor sign (Porcupine Panel)

$500                      Listing on donor sign (Badger Panel)

$5,000                  Listing on donor sign (Fox Panel)

$25,000               Listing on donor sign (Osprey Panel)

$50,000               Listing on kilometre sign (Kilometre Club)

Supporting the Calgary to Cochrane Trail (C TO C TRAIL), and particularly, Phase One (Bearspaw Trail) campaign, is easy and convenient. Donors are invited to visit www.CtoCTrail.ca to make an online contribution.

Donations to Glenbow Ranch Park Foundation on behalf of the project can also be received by mail or in person at the Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park.  Donations can be made payable to Glenbow Ranch Park Foundation at 255001 Glenbow Road, Cochrane, AB T4C 0B7, noting the Calgary to Cochrane Trail. Call (403) 851-9053 or email ctoctrail@grpf.ca for more information.

 

For CtoC Trail campaign updates visit www.CtoCTrail.ca or follow the campaign on Facebook at www.facebook.com/glenbowranchparkfoundation or on Twitter @GlenbowRanch.

 

About Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park

Bordering Calgary on the northwest corner of the city (Haskayne Park) and stretching 14 km along the Bow River to Cochrane, Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park is one of Alberta’s newest parks. Minutes away from Calgary and larger than Nose Hill Park, Glenbow Ranch protects more than 1,300 hectares of foothills parkland.

Visitors can enjoy scenic landscapes, explore the expansive trail system, or take part in GRPF’s public programs that offer a range of educational and recreational opportunities, including family programs and golf cart tours. The visitor centre is open throughout the summer and the park is open to day use visitors 365 days a year.

The park preserves and protects a natural and cultural heritage that spans thousands of years.

On-park research in being done to conserve and restore native grasslands, and the rich history of the area is evident in the tipi rings and the remains of the historic Glenbow town site.

Opened in 2011, Glenbow Ranch was established in 2006 by the Government of Alberta when it was acquired from the Harvie family. The family donated funds towards the development of the park and created the GRPF to partner with the Alberta government in the development and operation of the park. Thanks to this unique partnership, the park opened with nearly 30 km of trail, trail maps, interpretive signage, toilets, a railways crossing and visitor centre.

 

About Trans Canada Trail

The Trans Canada Trail is one of the world’s longest networks of trails, developed and promoted by a non-profit registered charity. When completed, the Trail will stretch nearly 24,000 km from the Atlantic to the Pacific to the Arctic oceans, linking Canadians in close to 1,000 communities.

Today, over 17,000 km of trail have been developed. Millions of Canadians and international visitors are using the trail to hike, cycle, ski, horseback ride, canoe and snowmobile. The Trans Canada Trail offers countless opportunities to explore Canada’s diverse landscapes and rich history.

 

About the Calgary to Cochrane Trail (C to C Trail)

The C to C Trail will be part of an expansive network of pathways to be constructed at Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park by 2020. The $7.5M trail system will be part of the Trans Canada Trail and will connect NW Calgary to Cochrane through Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park.  The project is being led by the Glenbow Ranch Park Foundation in partnership with Alberta Parks.

 

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For more information on this release and to
schedule an interview, contact Tara McFadden
at 403.851.9053

 

 


 

June 16, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

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8 Year old Derrick Martin with his first fish and GRPF Fishing Instructor Ken Stevenson (Photo: Laura Martin)

 

Alberta Conservation Association supports Fishing Program at Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park

 

COCHRANE, AB – Always wanted to learn how to fly fish?  Thanks to funding from the Alberta Conservation Association the Glenbow Ranch Park Foundation is offering fly fishing classes for youth and adults.

The one day classes teach the basics of fly fishing and include in-class time, hands on practice, and real fishing time.  There are separate classes for adults (14+) and youth (8-14 yrs) and both are taught by volunteer instructors.  The first classes ran last weekend and were a great success with participants.

“It was a fun and educational experience for my 8 year old.  He caught his first fish and is so excited that we’re going fishing this Friday,” says Laura Martin whose son Derrick participated in last weekend’s session.

“We’re grateful for the support of the Alberta Conservation Association,” says Tara McFadden of the Glenbow Ranch Park Foundation (GRPF).  “This funding supports not only affordable fishing classes but the creation of a fishing club and other educational opportunities.”

The goal of the program is to provide adults and children with an opportunity to learn about angling, fish habitat, riparian areas, and the importance of conservation.  The foundation is offering a minimum of six classes over the summer with the next classes happening this upcoming weekend.

Classes are $20 for adults and $10 for children and are limited to six participants per session.  For more information on the program and to register visit the GRPF’s website at www.grpf.ca/events.

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For more information on this release and to
schedule an interview, contact Tara McFadden
at 403.851.9053


 

May 28, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

 

CAMPAIGN UPDATE: End of the Trail in sight for Calgary to Cochrane Trail campaign

 

COCHRANE, AB – With less than a month to go in the Calgary to Cochrane Trail capital campaign, Glenbow Ranch Park Foundation (GRPF) needs to raise less than $10,000 to reach the $100,000 campaign goal.

The Calgary to Cochrane (C to C Trail) campaign is raising funds for the construction of Bearspaw Trail, which will be the first phase of an estimated $7.5 million project that is being led by the GRPF.  The project will build the necessary trail links to complete the Calgary to Cochrane Trail (C to C Trail) through Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park and is part of the Trans Canada Trail.

Bearspaw Trail, the first phase of the project, will complete 2.2 km of trail within Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park, connecting the provincial park to the City of Calgary’s Haskayne Park.  The $100,000 capital campaign will raise the final funds needed for Phase One construction to start this year.

“We’re asking CtoC Trail supporters to help us take the final steps to reach our fundraising goal,” states Tara McFadden of the Glenbow Ranch Park Foundation.

“The public support for the trail is amazing and I fully expect that with their support we will be able to raise the necessary funds,” says McFadden.  “If we can hit our target goal by Canada Day we’ll be able to move ahead with Bearspaw Trail construction this year.  It’s a very exciting time.”

Donations from $5 to $10,000 have been received, with many donations being made in honour of someone.  Hiking and cycling groups, businesses, individuals, families and organizations from around the region have all stepped up to contribute to the project.

“There are many reasons to give,” McFadden says.  “And a donation to the CtoC Trail would make a great Father’s Day gift,” she adds.

Funds raised in excess of the $100,000 campaign goal will be applied to future phases of the C to C Trail that will include new trails within the park, a railway crossing, and a pedestrian bridge to the south bank of Cochrane.  The overall project is estimated at $7.5 million and fundraising and construction will be in multiple phases with a completion goal of 2020.

Donations at or above $50 will receive a charitable tax receipt. Donor names will be listed on the Glenbow Ranch Park Foundation website (www.grpf.ca) and social media channels. Donations at or above $100 will receive permanent recognition along the C TO C TRAIL. Endowment and bequest contributions are also welcome.

Donation & Recognition Levels

$1-$99                  Listing on GRPF website + social media announcement

$100                      Listing on donor sign (Porcupine Panel)

$500                      Listing on donor sign (Badger Panel)

$5,000                  Listing on donor sign (Fox Panel)

$25,000               Listing on donor sign (Osprey Panel)

$50,000               Listing on kilometre sign (Kilometre Club)

Supporting the Calgary to Cochrane Trail (C TO C TRAIL), and particularly, Phase One (Bearspaw Trail) campaign, is easy and convenient. Donors are invited to visit www.CtoCTrail.ca to make an online contribution.

Donations to Glenbow Ranch Park Foundation on behalf of the project can also be received by mail or in person at the Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park.  Donations can be made payable to Glenbow Ranch Park Foundation at 255001 Glenbow Road, Cochrane, AB T4C 0B7, noting the Calgary to Cochrane Trail. Call (403) 851-9053 or email ctoctrail@grpf.ca for more information.

 

For CtoC Trail campaign updates visit www.CtoCTrail.ca or follow the campaign on Facebook at www.facebook.com/glenbowranchparkfoundation or on Twitter @GlenbowRanch.

 

About Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park

Bordering Calgary on the northwest corner of the city (Haskayne Park) and stretching 14 km along the Bow River to Cochrane, Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park is one of Alberta’s newest parks. Minutes away from Calgary and larger than Nose Hill Park, Glenbow Ranch protects more than 1,300 hectares of foothills parkland.

Visitors can enjoy scenic landscapes, explore the expansive trail system, or take part in GRPF’s public programs that offer a range of educational and recreational opportunities, including family programs and golf cart tours. The visitor centre is open throughout the summer and the park is open to day use visitors 365 days a year.

The park preserves and protects a natural and cultural heritage that spans thousands of years.

On-park research in being done to conserve and restore native grasslands, and the rich history of the area is evident in the tipi rings and the remains of the historic Glenbow town site.

Opened in 2011, Glenbow Ranch was established in 2006 by the Government of Alberta when it was acquired from the Harvie family. The family donated funds towards the development of the park and created the GRPF to partner with the Alberta government in the development and operation of the park. Thanks to this unique partnership, the park opened with nearly 30 km of trail, trail maps, interpretive signage, toilets, a railways crossing and visitor centre.

About Trans Canada Trail

The Trans Canada Trail is one of the world’s longest networks of trails, developed and promoted by a non-profit registered charity. When completed, the Trail will stretch nearly 24,000 km from the Atlantic to the Pacific to the Arctic oceans, linking Canadians in close to 1,000 communities.

Today, over 17,000 km of trail have been developed. Millions of Canadians and international visitors are using the trail to hike, cycle, ski, horseback ride, canoe and snowmobile. The Trans Canada Trail offers countless opportunities to explore Canada’s diverse landscapes and rich history.

About the Calgary to Cochrane Trail (C to C Trail)

The C to C Trail will be part of an expansive network of pathways to be constructed at Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park by 2020. The $7.5M trail system will be part of the Trans Canada Trail and will connect NW Calgary to Cochrane through Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park.  The project is being led by the Glenbow Ranch Park Foundation in partnership with Alberta Parks.

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For more information on this release and to
schedule an interview, contact Tara McFadden
at 403.851.9053

 

 


May 28, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

 

Cochrane Rotary Partners to Celebrate Parks Day at Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park

 

LW – Paul Kennedy, Rotary Club of Cochrane, Tom Wilk, Rotary Club of Cochrane, Tara McFadden, Glenbow Ranch Park Foundation, Heather Kemski, Alberta Parks, Steve Cook, Rotary Club of Cochrane

LW – Paul Kennedy, Rotary Club of Cochrane, Tom Wilk, Rotary Club of Cochrane, Tara McFadden, Glenbow Ranch Park Foundation, Heather Kemski, Alberta Parks, Steve Cook, Rotary Club of Cochrane

 

COCHRANE, AB – The Rotary Club of Cochrane is teaming up with the Glenbow Ranch Park Foundation (GRPF) and Alberta Parks to celebrate Parks Day at Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park.

Last year the event drew over 1,000 people to participate in Parks Day celebrations at the park.  Events include five trail running races as part of the 5 Peaks Trail Running series and an afternoon full of free family festivities including face painting, pony rides, hands on park activities, and an interpretive play from Alberta Parks.

The organizers hope to meet and possibly exceed that participation this year, and raise in excess of $10,000 towards the many endeavors of GRPF.  Registration for the race series, the Riversong Run at the Ranch, already exceeds 250 and registration has been capped at 700.  Members of the GRPF receive a 15% member discount.

“The partnership is a natural fit for our Club” said Tom Wilk, a Rotary club member and past-President of the Club.  “A provincial park as spectacular as Glenbow Ranch is an amazing asset for Cochrane residents, and encourages health and wellness through participation in outdoor activities.  Our members are committed to assisting the GRPF in meeting their fundraising goals, one of which is to raise funds for the development of the Calgary to Cochrane Trail.”

“The Rotary Club of Cochrane is an amazing supporter of our foundation,” says Tara McFadden of the GRPF.  “Their sponsorship and volunteer work in support of Parks Day is a big part of making this celebration a reality.  Working together it’s going to be bigger and better and a great way for families to celebrate parks.”

Parks Day at Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park is July 18.  Runners can register for one of five races and families are invited to cheer the runners on and enjoy a host of free family events in the afternoon.  For more information and registration information visit www.grpf.ca/parksday

Celebrate Parks Day:  Presented by Rotary Club of Cochrane

Schedule:

Riversong Run at the Ranch: 7-11:30 AM

  • Children’s Challenge – FREE
  • TD Timed Kids Race
  • Grand Avenue Pharmacy-The Health Store Sports Course
  • Big Sky Landscaping Enduro Course
  • GoodLife Fitness Half-Marathon

Free Family Activities:  12 – 3:30 PM

  • 12:00 onward: Hot dogs, face painting, pony rides, and lots of fun hands on activities
  • 2:30 PM: Alberta Parks Interpretive Theatre
  • 3:30 PM: Event Wrap Up

Family activities are free but donations are welcome!  www.grpf.ca/parksday

About the Glenbow Ranch Park Foundation

The GRPF was established in 2007 as a partner in the development of Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park. Through a partnership with the Alberta Government, the GRPF provides visitor services, public programs, and fundraises for the provincial park. For more information visit www.grpf.ca

 

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May 28, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

TD Friends of the Environment Foundation supports local groups to get “Kids Outside”

 

TD Friends of the Environment, Cochrane Boys & Girls Club and Glenbow Ranch Park Foundation representatives and familes at Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park

TD Friends of the Environment, Cochrane Boys & Girls Club and Glenbow Ranch Park Foundation representatives and families at Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park

 

TD Friends of the Environment Foundation supports local groups to get “Kids Outside”

COCHRANE, AB – Thanks to the support of the TD Friends of the Environment Foundation (TD FEF) more Cochrane and area kids are going to be able to get outside this summer.

Through the Glenbow Ranch Park Foundation (GRPF) and the Boys & Girls Club of Cochrane & Area (BGC), TD FEF is providing funding for the TD FEF Kids Outside Program at Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park.  The TD FEF Kids Outside program will be part of the BGC’s summer camp program and will be offered eight times during the summer months.

“TD FEF is thrilled to support the Boys & Girls Club of Cochrane & Area and the Glenbow Ranch Park Foundation in their efforts to get kids involved with nature. Environmental education is a core focus of ours and we’re inspired by the work of these organizations,” says Derrick Cressell-Clough, District Vice President, TD Canada Trust.

Approximately 50 children will participant in a full day of outdoor programming at Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park every week this summer.  During each visit, kids will participate in two GRPF led programs (Remarkable Raptors, Pond Exploration, Paws and Claws, etc.) in addition to BGC outdoor programming which will include group hikes, nature crafts, and child directed play.

“Children today need to be made aware of their environment more than ever before. The only way to predict the future is to create it. We are thankful for the support of TD FEF, and are excited about the multiple possibilities ahead. The sky is the limit,” says Din Ladak, Executive Director, Boys and Girls Club of Cochrane and Area.

“We’re excited to get kids engaged with hands on learning and play at Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park,” says Susan de Caen, Executive Director, GRPF.  “Youth programming is an important part of what GRPF delivers and this program will help children appreciate the natural world and encourage life-long stewardship of the land.  It’s great to work with organizations that have a shared vision.”

To register your child for a Boys & Girls Club of Cochrane & Area summer camp that includes the TD FEF Kids Outside Program visit their website at www.bgccochrane.ca

 

About Glenbow Ranch Park Foundation

The GRPF was established in 2007 as a partner in the development of Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park. Through a partnership with the Alberta Government, the GRPF provides visitor services, public programs, and fundraises for the provincial park. For more information visit www.grpf.ca.

About TD Friends of the Environment Foundation

From schoolyard naturalization and energy conservation, to tree plantings and environmental education, TD Friends of the Environment Foundation (TD FEF) is proud to provide funding to help sustain an incredible array of grassroots environmental programs across the country.  In 2014, TD FEF supported over 1,000 projects with $4.9 million in funding. Thousands of donors give to TD FEF on a monthly basis, and TD Bank Group contributes in excess of $1 million annually. TD also covers the management costs of running TD FEF, which guarantees 100 per cent of every dollar donated funds environmental projects in the community in which the donation was made. For more information on how to donate and get involved in your community, visit tdfef.com.

About the Boys & Girls Club of Cochrane & Area

Serving Cochrane and area for 23 years, the Boys & Girls Club provides a safe supportive place where children and youth experience new opportunities, overcome barriers, build positive relationships and develop confidence and skills for life.  Service is provided through two club locations, eight local schools and twenty five day homes in addition to youth emergency support addressing youth homelessness within the community.  Find out more at bgccochrane.ca.

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May 25, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

 

The Ride for the Ranch returns with FIERA CAPITAL Private Wealth

 

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The Ride for the Ranch returns with FIERA CAPITAL Private Wealth

 

COCHRANE, AB – The Ride for the Ranch returns with FIERA CAPITAL Private Wealth.  This fundraising trail ride in support of Glenbow Ranch Park Foundation (GRPF) is a unique opportunity for supporters to explore Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park from horseback.

The full day trail ride throughout the park showcases the amazing landscape of Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park and tours riders by tipi rings, historic ruins and shares the history of the lands.  The day includes lunch, dinner, and the cowboy poetry of Perry Jacobsen.

Participants have the choice of bringing their own horses for the ride, or having a horse provided for them.  Separate tickets are available for dinner and an evening of cowboy poetry.

This is the second year of the Ride for the Ranch and new this year is the sponsor support of Fiera Capital Private Wealth.  There is a limited number of ride tickets available with additional tickets available for the evening dinner and entertainment to be held at Bearspaw Lions Hall.

“We are proud supporters of our Alberta heritage and the environment and are pleased to be associated with the Glenbow Ranch Park Foundation and the Ride for the Ranch this summer,” states Paul Vaillancourt, Executive Vice President Fiera Capital Private Wealth.

“To travel on horseback through the hills of the park, to see the history of the land, this is truly a remarkable way to experience and support Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park,” says Tara McFadden of the GRPF.

Funds raised from the ride will support Glenbow Ranch Park Foundation and work in support of the provincial park, including park programming, research, and fundraising for the Calgary to Cochrane Trail.

This event is a key fundraiser for the foundation as we need funding to support our everyday operations.  We take great pride in our family and adult programs, our grassland research, and leading the Calgary to Cochrane trail project.  If we can get 20 riders, this event will go a long way in supporting that,” says McFadden.

For more information and to register visit www.grpf.ca/ride or contact Tara McFadden at tara.mcfadden@grpf.ca or call 403-851-9053.

FIERA CAPITAL Private Wealth RIDE FOR THE RANCH

Saturday, August 22, 2015

7:00 AM to 9:00 PM

Bring Your Horse/Dinner $1,200 ($900 Tax Receipt)

Horse Supplied + Dinner $1,500 ($950 Tax Receipt)

Dinner Only = $150 ($100 Tax Receipt)

Limited Riders Allowed (25) 

For more information and to register visit www.grpf.ca/ride

 

 

About the Glenbow Ranch Park Foundation

The GRPF was established in 2007 as a partner in the development of Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park. Through a partnership with the Alberta Government, the GRPF provides visitor services, public programs, and fundraises for the provincial park. For more information visit www.grpf.ca

About Fiera Capital

With more than $90 billion in assets under management, Fiera Capital, an independent firm, is one of Canada’s leading investment managers.  For more information visit www.fieracapital.com

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May 15, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

 

Riversong Cochrane returns as Title Sponsor of the Run at the Ranch at Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park

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Photo: L-R Heather Kemski, Alberta Parks, Huntley Johnston, Alberta Parks, Tara McFadden, Glenbow Ranch Park Foundation, Cam Hart, Tamani Communities, Nicole Westman, Tamani Communities, Sameer Remtulla, Tamani Communities

COCHRANE, AB – Glenbow Ranch Park Foundation (GRPF) is pleased to announce that Riversong Cochrane is returning as the Title Sponsor for the 4th annual Run at the RanchThe Run will be part of Parks Day Celebrations at Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park on July 18th.

“Tamani is proud to renew our support of the Run at the Ranch and to be a part of Parks Day Celebrations at Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park.  The park and Glenbow Ranch Park Foundation are an important part of Cochrane and we’re glad to support them,” says Nicole Westman, Marketing Manager of Tamani Communities, the developer of Riversong in Cochrane

The Riversong Run at the Ranch is part of the 5 Peaks trail running series that offers five races with distances for everyone.  The run features the Children’s Challenge, Timed Kids Race, Grand Avenue Pharmacy – The Health Store Sports Run, the Big Sky Landscaping Enduro Course, and the GoodLife Fitness Half Marathon.  The race is capped at 700 runners and registration already exceeds 250.

The Riversong Run at the Ranch is one of the feature races of 5 Peaks’ Central Alberta Trail Race series. Amy Golumbia, National Race Director for 5 Peaks Adventures says, “This race is one of the most popular in the series because of the beauty of the park and being part of the Parks Day celebrations, with all the great family activities after the race, it’s a hit with our runners.  The best part is that we get to expose even more Calgarians to a park that many still don’t know about.”

“The Riversong Run at the Ranch is just one of many great family events that make up this year’s Parks Day Celebrations at Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park, “says Tara McFadden of the GRPF.  “Thanks to Tamani Communities and other great supporters, we’re able to offer free family activities, including pony rides, face painting, hands on programs for the kids, and a play from Alberta Parks.  It’s a great way to enjoy the park with your family. 

For more information and to register visit www.grpf.ca/parksday

For sponsorship opportunities e-mail tara.mcfadden@grpf.ca

About the Glenbow Ranch Park Foundation

The GRPF was established in 2007 as a partner in the development of Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park. Through a partnership with the Alberta Government, the GRPF provides visitor services, public programs, and fundraises for the provincial park. For more information visit www.grpf.ca

About Tamani Communities

Based in Calgary, Tamani Communities is one of the premier developers of master-planned residential communities in Alberta.  Their community of Riversong in Cochrane is a picturesque community nestled on the shores of the Bow River.  For more information visit www.tamanicommunities.com

About 5 Peaks Adventures

5 Peaks Adventures specializes in providing trail running races and motivate people to “Get Off The Road”.  They offer 21 trail running races in four regions across Canada and design their runs to offer races for everyone, from the novice through expert athletes.  Each race is staged with the goal of leaving no trace on the environment.  For more information visit www.5peaks.com

 

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April 27, 2015

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CAMPAIGN UPDATE: $70,000 raised in under two months for Calgary to Cochrane Trail campaign

 

COCHRANE, AB – Halfway into the capital campaign, (launched Feb 25) Glenbow Ranch Park Foundation (GRPF) has raised over $70,000 of the $100,000 goal and donations continue to roll in for the Calgary to Cochrane Trail (C to C Trail).

Funds raised are for the construction of Bearspaw Trail, which will be the first phase of an estimated $7.5 million project that is being led by the GRPF.  The project will build the necessary trail links to complete the Calgary to Cochrane Trail (C to C Trail) through Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park and is part of the Trans Canada Trail.

Bearspaw Trail, the first phase of the project, will complete 2.2 km of trail within Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park, connecting the provincial park to the City of Calgary’s Haskayne Park.  The $100,000 capital campaign, launched in February, will raise the final funds needed for Phase One construction to start this year.

“We’re very excited by the success of the campaign to date,” states Tara McFadden of the Glenbow Ranch Park Foundation (GRPF).  “The Calgary to Cochrane Trail is really catching public enthusiasm.  Donors are excited to be part of such a great legacy project and to have the opportunity to be recognized along the trail.”

“The community support for this project is incredible” says Susan de Caen, GRPF’s Executive Director. “Thanks go out to everyone who has supported the trail to date. We simply couldn’t make this connection without support from Albertans.”

With over two months to go in the capital campaign, success is in sight, but the fundraising push continues.  “With 68 days left to go in the campaign, we’re confident that C to C Trail supporters will help us raise the $100,000 necessary,” states McFadden.  “But we need individuals, families, organizations, and business to continue to support the campaign.  If we don’t hit our campaign target for Canada Day, construction could be delayed and some committed funds may be lost.  Without donor support, this project won’t happen.”

Donations from $5 to $10,000 have been received, with many donations being made in honour of someone.  “My favorite donations are the grandparents making donations in their grandchildren’s names.  People are donating for many reasons, reflecting how strong the desire is to see the C to C Trail become a reality,” McFadden says.

Funds raised in excess of the $100,000 campaign goal will be applied to future phases of the C to C Trail that will include new trails within the park, a railway crossing, and a pedestrian bridge to Cochrane.  The overall project is estimated at $7.5 million and fundraising and construction will be in multiple phases with a completion goal of 2020.

Donations at or above $50 will receive a charitable tax receipt. Donor names will be listed on the Glenbow Ranch Park Foundation website (www.grpf.ca) and social media channels. Donations over $100 will receive permanent recognition along the C TO C TRAIL. Endowment and bequest contributions are also welcome.

Donation & Recognition Levels

$1-$99 Listing on GRPF website + social media announcement
$100 Listing on donor sign (Porcupine Panel)
$500 Listing on donor sign (Badger Panel)
$5,000 Listing on donor sign (Fox Panel)
$25,000 Listing on donor sign (Osprey Panel)
$50,000 Listing on kilometre sign (Kilometre Club)

Supporting the Calgary to Cochrane Trail (C TO C TRAIL), and particularly, Phase One (Bearspaw Trail) campaign, is easy and convenient. Donors are invited to visit www.CtoCTrail.ca to make an online contribution. Donations can also be received by mail or in person to Glenbow Ranch Park Foundation at 255001 Glenbow Road, Cochrane, AB T4C 0B7. Call (403) 851-9053 or email ctoctrail@grpf.ca for more information.

For CtoC Trail campaign updates visit www.CtoCTrail.ca or follow the campaign on Facebook at www.facebook.com/glenbowranchparkfoundation or on Twitter @GlenbowRanch.

Supporting the Calgary to Cochrane Trail (C TO C TRAIL), and particularly, Phase One (Bearspaw Trail) campaign, is easy and convenient. Donors are invited to visit www.CtoCTrail.ca to make an online contribution. Donations to Glenbow Ranch Park Foundation on behalf of the project can also be received by mail or in person at the Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park: 255001 Glenbow Road, Cochrane, AB T4C 0B7. Call (403) 851-9053 or email ctoctrail@grpf.ca for more information.

For CtoC Trail campaign updates visit www.CtoCTrail.ca or follow the campaign on Facebook at www.facebook.com/glenbowranchparkfoundation or on Twitter @GlenbowRanch.

 


About Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park

Bordering Calgary on the northwest corner of the city (Haskayne Park) and stretching 14 km along the Bow River to Cochrane, Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park is one of Alberta’s newest parks. Minutes away from Calgary and larger than Nose Hill Park, Glenbow Ranch protects more than 1,300 hectares of foothills parkland.

Visitors can enjoy scenic landscapes, explore the expansive trail system, or take part in GRPF’s public programs that offer a range of educational and recreational opportunities, including family programs and golf cart tours. The visitor centre is open throughout the summer and the park is open to day use visitors 365 days a year.

The park preserves and protects a natural and cultural heritage that spans thousands of years.

On-park research in being done to conserve and restore native grasslands, and the rich history of the area is evident in the tipi rings and the remains of the historic Glenbow town site.

Opened in 2011, Glenbow Ranch was established in 2006 by the Government of Alberta when it was acquired from the Harvie family. The family donated funds towards the development of the park and created the GRPF to partner with the Alberta government in the development and operation of the park. Thanks to this unique partnership, the park opened with nearly 30 km of trail, trail maps, interpretive signage, toilets, a railways crossing and visitor centre

About Trans Canada Trail

The Trans Canada Trail is one of the world’s longest networks of trails, developed and promoted by a non-profit registered charity. When completed, the Trail will stretch nearly 24,000 km from the Atlantic to the Pacific to the Arctic oceans, linking Canadians in close to 1,000 communities.

Today, over 17,000 km of trail have been developed. Millions of Canadians and international visitors are using the trail to hike, cycle, ski, horseback ride, canoe and snowmobile. The Trans Canada Trail offers countless opportunities to explore Canada’s diverse landscapes and rich history.

About the Calgary to Cochrane Trail (C to C Trail)

The C to C Trail will be part of an expansive network of pathways to be constructed at Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park by 2020. The $7.5M trail system will be part of the Trans Canada Trail and will connect NW Calgary to Cochrane through Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park.  The project is being led by the Glenbow Ranch Park Foundation in partnership with Alberta Parks.

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March 25, 2015

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CAMPAIGN UPDATE: Over $30,000 raised in less than 30 days toward the $100K construction cost of the Calgary to Cochrane Trail

COCHRANE, AB – Only 30 days into the campaign, (launched February 25 at MEC in Calgary) donations are pouring in as individuals, families, hiking clubs, community groups and businesses are all stepping up to make the Calgary to Cochrane Trail (C TO C Trail) a reality.

Within a month of the Calgary to Cochrane Trail (C to C Trail) $30,000 of the $100,000 Bearspaw Trail campaign goal has been raised. The funds raised are necessary for construction of the first phase of the project, Bearspaw Trail that will provide a key link to NW Calgary.

“We’re very excited by the momentum of the C to C Trail campaign so far,” states Susan de Caen, Executive Director of the Glenbow Ranch Park Foundation (GRPF). “We knew that this project would get people involved from all walks of life. How can you resist being a part of Canadian history?”

De Caen states that donations as small as $5 are making a difference. A recent contribution of $5,000 was recently received from Watermark at Bearspaw.

With less than four months to go before construction is set to begin, public and corporate support is vital for the success of the project as the Foundation needs to raise $100,000 by July 1–Canada Day of this year (2015). If the fundraising target is not met, the trail could be delayed and committed grant monies could be lost. To reach that goal the Foundation needs to raise $25,000 a month.

“I’m confident that we can raise the needed $100,000 in the 99 days left.” says Tara McFadden, Development Officer for the GRPF. “There is a lot of public excitement for this project and donating to the C to C Trail is a great way to leave a legacy in your own backyard.”

Eric MacNaughton, a Calgary resident who happily donated $500 to the trail, agrees.

“This will be a world-class trail connection through the heart of the Calgary region,” MacNaughton says. “I donated because I want to be part of a community effort to create something that locals and visitors can enjoy for a long time to come.”

Donations at or above $50 will receive a charitable tax receipt. Donor names will be listed on the Glenbow Ranch Park Foundation website (www.grpf.ca) and social media channels. Donations over $100 will receive permanent recognition along the C TO C TRAIL. Endowment and bequest contributions are also welcome.

The C to C Trail will be part of an expansive network of pathways to be constructed at Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park by 2020. The $7.5M trail system will be part of the Trans Canada Trail system and will connect NW Calgary to Cochrane through Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park.
Donation & Recognition Levels

$1-$99 Listing on GRPF website + social media announcement
$100 Listing on donor sign (Porcupine Panel)
$500 Listing on donor sign (Badger Panel)
$5,000 Listing on donor sign (Fox Panel)
$25,000 Listing on donor sign (Osprey Panel)
$50,000 Listing on kilometre sign (Kilometre Club)
Supporting the Calgary to Cochrane Trail (C TO C TRAIL), and particularly, Phase One (Bearspaw Trail) campaign, is easy and convenient. Donors are invited to visit www.CtoCTrail.ca to make an online contribution. Donations can also be received by mail or in person at the Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park: 255001 Glenbow Road, Cochrane, AB T4C 0B7. Call (403) 851-9053 or email ctoctrail@grpf.ca for more information.

For CtoC Trail campaign updates visit www.CtoCTrail.ca or follow the campaign on Facebook at www.facebook.com/glenbowranchparkfoundation or on Twitter @GlenbowRanch.

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About Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park

Bordering Calgary on the northwest corner of the city (Haskayne Park) and stretching 14 km along the Bow River to Cochrane, Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park is one of Alberta’s newest parks. Minutes away from Calgary and larger than Nose Hill Park, Glenbow Ranch protects more than 1,300 hectares of foothills parkland.

Visitors can enjoy scenic landscapes, explore the expansive trail system, or take part in GRPF’s public programs that offer a range of educational and recreational opportunities, including family programs and golf cart tours. The visitor centre is open throughout the summer and the park is open to day use visitors 365 days a year.

The park preserves and protects a natural and cultural heritage that spans thousands of years.
On-park research in being done to conserve and restore native grasslands, and the rich history of the area is evident in the tipi rings and the remains of the historic Glenbow town site.

Opened in 2011, Glenbow Ranch was established in 2006 by the Government of Alberta when it was acquired from the Harvie family. The family donated funds towards the development of the park and created the GRPF to partner with the Alberta government in the development and operation of the park. Thanks to this unique partnership, the park opened with nearly 30 km of trail, trail maps, interpretive signage, toilets, a railways crossing and visitor centre.
About Trans Canada Trail

The Trans Canada Trail is one of the world’s longest networks of trails, developed and promoted by a non-profit registered charity. When completed, the Trail will stretch nearly 24,000 km from the Atlantic to the Pacific to the Arctic oceans, linking Canadians in close to 1,000 communities.

Today, over 17,000 km of trail have been developed. Millions of Canadians and international visitors are using the trail to hike, cycle, ski, horseback ride, canoe and snowmobile. The Trans Canada Trail offers countless opportunities to explore Canada’s diverse landscapes and rich history.

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at 403.851.9053 or Donna Gray, Goddess
Communications 403.831.1150.

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February 25, 2015

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Glenbow Ranch Park Foundation launches fundraising campaign to build Trans Canada Trail connection to Calgary

 

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Trail lovers, hikers, walkers, bikers and nature enthusiasts will soon be able to follow the Trans Canada Trail from Calgary to Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park, with the help of the Glenbow Ranch Park Foundation (GRPF) and the generosity of public and corporate donors.

The Foundation is taking the first step to promote the new Calgary to Cochrane Trail (C TO C TRAIL). Phase One of the trail is Bearspaw Trail, a 2.2 km stretch that joins the northwest corner of Calgary (Haskayne Park) to the Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park.

This portion of the Trans Canada Trail is the start of an expansive network of pathways to be constructed. Overall costs are estimated at $7.5M over a period of five years. The C TO C TRAIL will provide access to some of the most spectacular parkland and vistas the Bow River Valley has to offer. It will include more walking, hiking and biking trails, a railway crossing, and a pedestrian bridge to connect to the Town of Cochrane.

Individuals, families, companies and organizations are invited to be a part of a lasting legacy. Organizers need to raise $100,000 to complete Phase One. Thanks to GRPF’s fundraising efforts, 60 per cent of the overall project funds of $352,000 have already been raised or committed by various organizations, including Alberta Trail Net, Rocky View County and Trans Canada Trail.

“Our goal is to raise the remaining $100,000 by July 1 this year,” states Susan de Caen, Executive Director of Glenbow Ranch Park Foundation. “We need the help of donors and supporters or we will be unable to move ahead as some of the committed funding is dependent on meeting this deadline.”

Doug Marter, the City of Calgary’s Parks Planning and Development Manager, says the timing of the construction aligns with the city’s plan to begin park and trail construction at Haskayne Park in 2015.

“We support the initiatives undertaken by Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park and the Glenbow Ranch Park Foundation, including the ongoing collaboration with our partners in making this connection a reality in 2016.”

De Caen adds that the vision for the overall project is to have the Calgary to Cochrane Trail open for public access by 2020.

“Imagine a time when you will be able to bike from downtown Calgary, through the park and treat yourself to Mackay’s Ice Cream, or take part in fun activities in the park and the Town of Cochrane,” she says. “Cochrane residents will also be able to access northwest Calgary parks, shops and services.”

Steps to Making a Donation

Tara McFadden, Development Officer for the GRPF, says the Bearspaw Trail, part of the C TO C Trail project, is a great way to connect residents to communities surrounding the park, and subsequently, the entire country.
“We are really excited to finally create this important link, as many residents in Calgary have asked us when they will be able to walk or bike their way through our park on a regular basis,” McFadden states. “This is a great opportunity to contribute to an historic path that leaves a lasting impression and contributes to a sustainable and natural environment.”

McFadden says corporations, non-profit/for-profit organizations, families, individuals and associations can support the trail. Donors can honour someone special, or recognize employees, companies, causes and groups.

“We’re inviting people to get involved,” she adds. “It’s an amazing opportunity to leave a lasting legacy in your own backyard.”

Donations at or above $50 will receive a charitable tax receipt. Donor names will be listed on the Glenbow Ranch Park Foundation website (www.grpf.ca) and social media channels. Donations over $100 will receive permanent recognition along the C TO C TRAIL. Endowment and bequest contributions are also welcome.

Donation & Recognition Levels
$1-$99:    Listed on GRPF website + social media announcement

$100 + :       Listed on donor sign (Porcupine Panel)

$500 + :       Listed on donor sign (Badger Panel)

$5,000 +:    Listed on donor sign (Fox Panel)

$25,000 +:  Listed on donor sign (Osprey Panel)

$50,000:  Listed on Kilometre sign (Kilometre Club)

 

Supporting the Calgary to Cochrane Trail (C TO C TRAIL), and particularly, Phase One (Bearspaw Trail) campaign, is easy and convenient. Donors are invited to visit www.CtoCTrail.ca to make an online contribution. Donations can also be received by mail or in person at the Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park: 255001 Glenbow Road, Cochrane, AB T4C 0B7. Call (403) 851-9053 or email ctoctrail@grpf.ca for more information.

 

MEDIA INVITATION:

A News Conference to launch the C to C Trail and Bearspaw Trail funding campaign will be held at Mountain Equipment Co-op on February 25th, at 10:00 a.m. at 830 10 Ave SW, Calgary. All media are invited to attend. If you require or prefer an off-site or in-studio interview, media representatives from the Glenbow Ranch Park Foundation are available at any time before or after. Please contact Tara McFadden at 403.519.9619 or Donna Gray at 403.831.1150 to arrange an interview. Parking is available across the street and on the street.  

About Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park

Bordering Calgary on the northwest corner of the city (Haskayne Park) and stretching 14km along the Bow River to Cochrane, Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park is one of Alberta’s newest parks. Minutes away from Calgary and larger than Nose Hill Park, Glenbow Ranch protects more than 1,300 hectares of foothills parkland.

Visitors can enjoy scenic landscapes, explore the expansive trail system, or take part in GRPF’s public programs that offer a range of educational and recreational opportunities, including family programs and golf cart tours.  The visitor centre is open throughout the summer and the park is open to day use visitors 365 days a year.

The park preserves and protects a natural and cultural heritage that spans thousands of years.

On-park research in being done to conserve and restore native grasslands, and the rich history of the area is evident in the tipi rings and the remains of the historic Glenbow town site.

Opened in 2011, Glenbow Ranch was established in 2006 by the Government of Alberta when it was acquired from the Harvie family.  The family donated funds towards the development of the park and created the GRPF to partner with the Alberta government in the development and operation of the park.  Thanks to this unique partnership, the park opened with nearly 30km of trail, trail maps, interpretive signage, toilets, a railways crossing and visitor centre.

 

About Trans Canada Trail (TCT)

Launched in 1992, the Trans Canada Trail is an audacious nation-building project being realized by passionate Trail groups and municipalities across the country. Thanks to the generous support of all levels of government and tens of thousands of loyal donors, the Trail is 75 per cent connected and consists of 17,000 km of multi-purpose recreational Trail, where users can enjoy six preferred activities: walking/hiking, cycling, horseback riding, cross-country skiing, paddling and snowmobiling.

The TCT is now on a bold mission to fully connect our national Trail, and Canadians, through nearly 1,000 communities by 2017, the 150th anniversary of Confederation. Our goal is to be the stage for celebrating our majestic landscapes and our proud Canadian journey from coast to coast to coast.

 

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For more information on this release and to schedule an interview, contact Tara McFadden at 403.851.9053 or Donna Gray, Goddess Communications 403.831.1150.

 

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January 26, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

 

URBAN SYSTEMS RENEWS SPONSORSHIP OF THE GLENBOW RANCH PARK FOUNDATION VOLUNTEERS

 

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Urban Systems and Glenbow Ranch Park Foundation partners. (L-R) Roberto Binda (Urban Systems), Frank Hennessey (GRPF Volunteer), Lynda Cooke (Urban Systems), Susan de Caen (GRPF Executive Director), Susanne Kruse (GRPF Volunteer), James White (GRPF Volunteer)

COCHRANE, AB – Urban Systems Ltd. is renewing its two year sponsorship of the Glenbow Ranch Park Foundation’s Steward Program.  The sponsorship supports the work of the volunteer Stewards at Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park.

“We’re excited to have Urban Systems renew their sponsorship of the volunteer Steward Program,” said Susan de Caen, Executive Director of the Glenbow Ranch Park Foundation (GRPF).  “Ongoing support from Urban Systems and others enable us to provide public programs, conduct research, and lead the ongoing build-out of the Park.”

“Renewing our sponsorship of GRPF’s volunteer program was an easy decision for us,” said Lynda Cooke, Senior Municipal Engineer at Urban Systems Ltd.  “Urban Systems is proud to have played a part in the creation of Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park and we’re pleased to support park sustainability in such a meaningful way.”

The Foundation’s Park Steward Program is made up of over fifty volunteers from Cochrane, Calgary, and Rocky View County.  These volunteers dedicate countless hours providing visitor services, park programs, and supporting research at the Park.

About the Glenbow Ranch Park Foundation

The GRPF was established in 2007 as a partner in the development and operation of Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park. Through a partnership with the Alberta Government, the GRPF provides visitor services, public programs, and fundraises for the provincial park. For more information visit www.grpf.ca

About Urban Systems Ltd.

Urban Systems is an inter-disciplinary professional practice providing planning, engineering, environmental science, landscape architecture and urban design to both public and private sector clients throughout Western Canada.

 

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January 15, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

 

COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP PROVIDES “BUDGETING BASICS FOR NON-PROFITS” WORKSHOP

 

COCHRANE, AB – Thanks to a new community partner there are more training opportunities for local non-profits and small businesses.

Rocky View Schools Community Learning is the latest community partner to support the “In The Trenches” workshops at Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park. The “In the Trenches” workshops provide practical, skill building workshops for non-profits and small businesses at an affordable rate. Workshop topics range from grant application training to business planning and marketing.

Budgeting Basics for Non-Profits is the newest workshop to be added to the series, thanks to the support of Rocky Views Schools Community Learning (RVSCL). “We’re excited to participate in this partnership that is provided much needed training and skills to the community. Helping our community learners to aquire the skills they need to contribute and succeed in our community is key to our mission,” said Luciana Fernandez, Program Coordinator Community Learning for RVSCL.

“The upcoming Budget Basics workshop has been designed around non-profit needs” said Shauna Cox of Bow Valley College, one of the five partner organizations providing the workshops. The first two workshops, Grant Application and Marketing & Social Media on a Shoestring Budget were sold out and we have had requests to run them again. This workshop will answer those “In the Trenches” budget questions for non-profit volunteers and staff.”

“The In The Trenches workshop series has been a great success,” said Tara McFadden, of Glenbow Ranch Park Foundation (GRPF), which hosts the workshops. “The first two workshops in the series, the Grant Application workshop and Marketing & Social Media on a Shoestring Budget were sold out and with three more workshops scheduled our partnership is solving a community skill need.”

The workshops are provided through a community based partnership that includes Rocky View Schools, Community Futures Centre West, Bow Valley College, Calgary Regional Partnership, and Glenbow Ranch Park Foundation. The workshops have small class sizes and are hosted at Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park.

“In the Trenches” workshops

Build Your Business Plan: January 23, 2015
Budgeting Basics for Non-Profits February 13, 2015
Sustainable Tourism March 13, 2015

Fee: $95.00 (includes lunch)

For information and to registered, visit www.grpf.ca/inthetrenches or call Tara at 403-851-9053

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January 14, 2014

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GLENBOW RANCH PARK FOUNDATION:  COYOTE TALK CONTEST

 

COCHRANE, AB – There is a problem with coyotes in North America.

A decade of ecological research has shown coyotes enhance biodiversity, regulate other pest species and that lethal management of coyotes is ineffective. Yet, one coyote is killed every minute, every year, by people in the US and kill rates for Canada do not lag far behind.

Dr. Shelley Alexander is the speaker at Glenbow Ranch Park Foundation’s next Park Talk, “Lessons from Coyote”. Her current research serves as the most comprehensive study of contemporary urban coyote issues in Canada.

Tickets are $5.00 to the general public, but free to Glenbow Ranch Park Foundation (GRPF) members and volunteers. Two pairs of tickets are also available to the general public via contest. For information and to purchase tickets visit www.grpf.ca/events

COYOTE PARK TALK

Date: January 27, 2015
Time: 7-8:30 PM
Price: $5.00 (Free to GRPF Members)
Location: Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park – Visitor Information Center
Register: www.grpf.ca/events
Pre-registration is required
COYOTE TALK CONTEST

Ticket winners will be drawn from contestants that correctly answer the following question.

The question: What date will golf cart tours at Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park begin in 2015? (Hint: visit www.grpf.ca/events)

E-mail your answer to Tara at tara.mcfadden@grpf.ca by noon, January 23rd.

Photo Credit:  Dr. Shelley Alexander

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October 6, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

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Glenbow Ranch Park Foundation Receives $10,000 Donation

 

Andy Crooks has contributed to the Glenbow Ranch Park Foundation with a generous $10,000 personal donation, joining hundreds of Foundation supporters.

“It is important that the great legacy created by the Harvie family through the establishment of the Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park be sustained and maintained.  Supporting the Foundation is the best way to do that,” said Andy Crooks.

“The GRPF is very pleased to have received this leadership gift,” said Susan de Caen, Executive Director of the GRPF.  “As we move into the third year of the park being open, it is important that the Foundation becomes financially sustainable.  This will ensure that we can continue our work in providing visitor services, public programming and fundraising for further park development including trail expansion and maintenance.”

The Foundation was established by the Harvie family in 2007 as a partner in the development and operation of the Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park.  The Foundation has invested over $3 Million worth of capital projects in the park, including nearly 30 KM of completed trail, interpretive signage and washrooms.  Under the unique partnership agreement, GRPF staff and volunteers provide visitor services and programs including the popular golf cart tours, family programs, and public talks.

For more information on the Glenbow Ranch Park Foundation and to donate visit www.grpf.ca

 

About the Glenbow Ranch Park Foundation

The GRPF was established in 2007 as a partner in the development and operation of Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park. Through a partnership with the Alberta Government, the GRPF provides visitor services, public programs, and fundraises for the provincial park. For more information visit www.grpf.ca

 

About Andy Crooks

Andy Crooks is the Chair and former president of the GRPF and a Calgary lawyer and venture capital investor.  His additional community work includes; Civitas, Simon House and the Canadian Taxpayers Federation.  For more information visit www.andycrooksyyc.com

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September 29, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

 

“In the Trenches” Workshops Announced by Community Partnership

A community focused partnership is offering “In the Trenches” workshops aimed at providing local non-profit organizations and small businesses with practical skills they need to succeed.

The partners include Bow Valley College (BVC) in Cochrane, the Calgary Regional Partnership (CRP), Community Futures Centre West (CFCW) and Glenbow Ranch Park Foundation (GRPF).

“These sessions follow the successful workshops we offered in partnership with Bow Valley College last year,” said Tara McFadden, Development Officer, GRPF. “We had positive feedback from non-profits that wanted to see more of these programs. Thanks to BVC’s initiative we’ve been able to expand the partnership and offer a broader range of topics.”

“Bow Valley College is proud to be a part of this partnership. Together we are providing a Cochrane created learning experience that will enable our communities to have greater success,” said Shauna Cox, Regional Lead Bow Valley College Cochrane

The workshops provide a range of practical educational opportunities for non-profits and small businesses. Topics include, Grant Applications, Marketing and Social Media, Business Planning, and Sustainable Tourism.

Past programs were created to meet non-profit needs but Jodie Eckert of Community Futures Centre West (CFCW), saw an opportunity to support both non-profits and local businesses. “A good understanding of business planning is necessary for any project, and we are glad to be a partner in providing the tools for success.”

“The workshops offer a broad range of skills, but as tourism grows in our region, it becomes more important that businesses understand how best to engage the tourism market and provide a balance between environmental and economic concerns. The Calgary Regional Partnership is glad to be a part of this workshop series,” said Bob Miller, Economic Prosperity Lead, CRP.

Program Information

Workshops will be offered over the fall and winter and will be hosted at the Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park. Each workshop will be a full day session and participants will receive a certificate of completion.

  • Grant Application Workshop:  October 24, 2014
  • Marketing & Social Media on Shoestring Budget:  November 21, 2014
  • Build Your Business Plan:  January 23, 2015
  • Sustainable Tourism:  March 13, 2015

Workshop fees are $95/each and include lunch. For more information and to register for the programs, visit the GRPF website at www.grpf.ca/inthetrenches.

 

 

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Jodie Eckert, Community Futures Centre West, Bob Miller, Calgary Regional Partnership, Shauna Cox, Bow Valley College, Tara McFadden, Glenbow Ranch Park Foundation

 

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September 12, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Raptor Night at Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park
Glenbow Ranch Park Foundation (GRPF) is hosting Raptor Night at Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park.

Peter Sherrington, Founder and Research Director of the Rocky Mountain Eagle Research Foundation will be sharing his knowledge of raptors on September 23rd.

The evening will include two events. Starting at 5 PM, Sherrington will lead “A Walk and a Wedge – Raptor Walk and Pizza Party”. This will be a guided walk through the park with Sherrington as he shares his knowledge and will wrap up with pizza and beverages at the Visitor Information Centre.

Following the walk and pizza party, Sherrington will be speaking on the work of the Rocky Mountain Eagle Research Foundation that has been studying the movement of golden eagles and other raptors through the Rocky Mountains.

The raptor talk, “Monitoring Golden Eagle Migration” at 7 PM is sold out but tickets to “A Walk and a Wedge” are still available. Tickets are $10.00 and can be purchased at www.grpf.ca/events.

Two pairs of tickets to the sold-out Raptor Talk: Monitoring Golden Eagle Migration through the Canadian Rocky Mountain are available to be won. To be entered to win tickets e-mail the correct answer to the skill testing question. Winners will be randomly selected from correct entries.

The question, “What is the average wingspan of a golden eagle?”

E-mail your answer to Tara at tara.mcfadden@grpf.ca for your chance to win by September 19th.

Raptor Night Details:

A Walk and a Wedge – Raptor Walk and Pizza Party
Date: September 23, 2014
Time: 5 – 6:45 PM
Price: $10.00

Golden Eagle Talk
Date: September 23, 2014 – SOLD OUT
Time: 7 – 8:30 PM
Price: Two pairs of tickets to be won!

Registration and information at www.grpf.ca/events

 

About the Glenbow Ranch Park Foundation

The GRPF was established in 2007 as a partner in the development and operation of Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park. Through a partnership with the Alberta Government, the GRPF provides visitor services, public programs, and fundraises for the provincial park. For more information visit www.grpf.ca

About Peter Sherrington

Peter Sherrington is a geologist/palaeontologist who in 1992 gave up a career in the oil industry to study Golden Eagle migration in the Alberta Rocky Mountains. He is the founder and Research Director of the Rocky Mountain Eagle Research Foundation and currently lives in the hamlet of Beaver Mines in southwestern Alberta.

 

 

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August 25, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Trail Connection Between Calgary and Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park In The Works

Glenbow Ranch Park Foundation (GRPF) is leading the initiative to raise funds to connect the Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park trail system to the City of Calgary.

“With the exciting news that the City of Calgary is building their trail system to the provincial park boundary, we’re fundraising to complete the eastern trail that will link the two trail systems.  This will provide the long anticipated connection to Calgary.  If we can raise the necessary funds, we can start construction in the spring, with the goal to have the trails connected for visitor use in 2016,” said Susan de Caen, Executive Director of the GRPF.

“Calgary Parks is working with the provincial park and the foundation to complete the last remaining link through Haskayne Park, which would complete the connection from the City of Calgary through to the Town of Cochrane,” said Doug Marter, Manager, City of Calgary Parks, Planning and Development.  “Once completed, this route will also form part of the Trans Canada Trail network and will allow users access to some of the most spectacular parkland and vistas the Bow River Valley has to offer.”

The forecasted cost to complete the eastern trail within the park is $350,000.  The foundation has committed funding from Alberta Trail Net and Trans Canada Trail and is actively fundraising.  Funds from “The Ride for the Ranch” fundraising trail ride and dinner on September 13 will be dedicated to this project.

For ride information visit www.grpf.ca/ride or to donate visit www.grpf.ca/donate

 

About the Glenbow Ranch Park Foundation

The GRPF was established in 2007 as a partner in the development of Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park. Through a partnership with the Alberta Government, the GRPF provides visitor services, public programs, and fundraises for the provincial park. For more information visit www.grpf.ca

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July 7, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Parks Day and the Riversong Run at the Ranch a Huge Success!

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Riversong Run at the Ranch

Canada’s Parks Day and the Riversong Run at the Ranch at Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park on July 19th was a huge success.

Over 946 people were on hand to celebrate Parks Day and enjoy the Run, now in its 3rd year.  This was the first year of Park Day celebrations at Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park.  The event combined the Run at the Ranch, with a day full of fun, educational, and family-orientated activities in the park.

Following the Run, the family events began.  A competitor, Erin Penno said, “I haven’t spent any time running there and was amazed at the gorgeous scenery and trails! My family came to watch and we stayed for the Parks Day events and had a fantastic day! There were pony rides, face painting, bubbles, food/ice cream, rescue dogs, crafts, fossils everything you can imagine! I thought it was really cool to have the race combined with this event, and I would definitely go another year!”

The Run at the Ranch was sponsored by Riversong Cochrane and had 475 runners registered, far exceeding past participation.  The Run included five runs: the Bow Valley Credit Union Children’s Challenge, the Cochrane Firefighter’s Timed Kids Race, the Rose Wellness Centre Sports Course, the Big Sky Landscaping Enduro Course, and the Goodlife Fitness Half Marathon.

“Community support for Parks Day and the Run at the Ranch was amazing,” said Tara McFadden of the Glenbow Ranch Park Foundation (GRPF).  “We can’t thank our partners, sponsors, and donors enough for making the day such a success.  Thanks to our supporters, we were able to bring new visitors to Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park, provide a fun filled family day, and raise money for the park.

The GRPF partnered with Alberta Parks, The Rotary Club of Cochrane, and 5 Peaks Adventures to deliver Parks Day and the Riversong Run at the Ranch.  The day was such a success that plans are already in the works for Parks Day 2015.

 

 

About the Glenbow Ranch Park Foundation

The GRPF was established in 2007 as a partner in the development of Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park. Through a partnership with the Alberta Government, the GRPF provides visitor services, public programs, and fundraises for the provincial park. For more information visit www.grpf.ca

 

 

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July 7, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

 

Glenbow Ranch Park Foundation announces TriOil Resources Sponsorship

TriOil Resources is stepping up to sponsor Glenbow Ranch Park Foundation’s (GRPF) summer programs.

Their generous $10,000 sponsorship provides funding for program staff for the 2014 summer season.  This sponsorship enables the GRPF to provide another season of summer activities at Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park, including the weekend family programs, special events, and popular golf cart tours.

“TriOil’s sponsorship is a huge help to us.  As a non-profit, we’re grateful for this innovative partnership that allows us to continue to offer great summer programs at Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park,” said Susan de Caen, Executive Director of the GRPF.

“Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park is an amazing asset for the Cochrane and Calgary areas.  TriOil Resources is proud to be able to partner with the community and support conservation of the Park’s natural and social history,” said Laurie Agate of TriOil Resources.

The sponsorship funding will support the summer salary of one programmer and for a number of interpretive signs to be added throughout the Park.

 

 

Alyssa Thompon, GRPF Public Programmer & Laurie Agate of TriOil Resources

Alyssa Thompon, GRPF Public Programmer & Laurie Agate of TriOil Resources

 

About the Glenbow Ranch Park Foundation

The GRPF was established in 2007 as a partner in the development of Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park. Through a partnership with the Alberta Government, the GRPF provides visitor services, public programs, and fundraises for the provincial park. For more information visit www.grpf.ca

TriOil Resources Ltd

TriOil Resources Ltd. is an oil and natural gas company.  TriOil has a portfolio of emerging light oil resource plays throughout Alberta with specific interest in the Cardium oil trend near Cochrane, Alberta.

 

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June 28, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Glenbow Ranch Park Foundation receives Major Grants from TD Friends of the Environment Foundation

The Glenbow Ranch Park Foundation (GRPF) has received combined funding of $39,840 from the TD Friends of the Environment Foundation.

“This generous funding from TD Friends of the Environment Foundation helps us to take the next step in protecting and reestablishing native grassland in previously disturbed areas of Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park.  This support will help us develop best practices for native grassland restoration,” said Susan de Caen, Executive Director of the GRPF.

Grant funding is in support of two projects at Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park.  The grant of $28,900 will help restore 2.7 acres of native grasslands through the Grasslands Restoration and Public Engagement Program.  The grant of $10,940 will support the Rescue the Fescue – Invasive Plant Species Plan that protects native grasslands through the removal of invasive plant species.

“We are committed to our mandate of protecting the environment and supporting local, grassroots projects in the communities where our customers and employees, live, work and play,” says Joe Culos, TD Friends of the Environment Foundation, Prairie Region, Board Chair.  “We’re proud to support the important work being done by the Glenbow Ranch Park Foundation in protecting and preserving our local environment.”

 

(L-R) - Lynzey MacRae (TD FEF), Nancy Leary (TD FEF), Joe Culos (TD FEF), Andy Crooks (GRPF), Susan de Caen (GRPF), Mark Storie (GOA), Travis Sjovold)

(L-R) – Lynzey MacRae (TD FEF), Nancy Leary (TD FEF), Joe Culos (TD FEF), Andy Crooks (GRPF), Susan de Caen (GRPF), Mark Storie (Alberta Parks), Travis Sjovold (Alberta Parks)

 

 

About the Glenbow Ranch Park Foundation

The GRPF was established in 2007 as a partner in the development and operation of Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park. Through a partnership with the Alberta Government, the GRPF provides visitor services, public programs, and fundraises for the provincial park. For more information visit www.grpf.ca

About TD Friends of the Environment Foundation

From schoolyard naturalization and energy conservation, to tree plantings and environmental education, TD Friends of the Environment Foundation (TD FEF) is proud to provide funding to help sustain an incredible array of grassroots environmental programs across the country.  In 2013, TD FEF supported over 900 projects with $4.4 million in funding. Thousands of donors give to TD FEF on a monthly basis, and TD Bank Group contributes in excess of $1 million annually. TD also covers the management costs of running TD FEF, which guarantees 100 per cent of every dollar donated funds environmental projects in the community in which the donation was made. For more information on how to donate and get involved in your community, visit tdfef.com.

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May 28, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Parks Day at Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park

Glenbow Ranch Park Foundation (GRPF) invites you to celebrate Parks Day at Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park on July 19!

Parks Day celebrations will include the Riversong Run at the Ranch, Alberta Parks musical theartre presentation of the “The Search for the Bear Necessities”, face-painting, and hands on activities for the whole family.

“This is a great way for families and friends to experience Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park.  More than just a provincial park, the park is part the community, and we look forward to sharing the day with everyone,” said Susan de Caen, Executive Director of GRPF.

For information, scheduling, and registration visit www.grpf.ca/parkday

Parks Day Activities

  • Riversong Run at the Ranch :  Trail running with distances for everyone!
  • Broadway in the Bushes:  Free musical theatre for the whole family!
  • Face-Painting:  For the kids….
  • Hands-On Activities:  A bit of something for everyone!

Schedule

  • 7:00 AM:  Registration/Packet Pickup

o   All participants must be registered in advance.  No morning registrations accepted

  • 8:30 AM: First Race Starts
  • 11:30 AM:  Run Awards Ceremony
  • 12:00 PM:  Family Programs Begin
  • 2:30 PM:  Alberta Parks presents Broadway in the Bushes – Musical theatre for the whole family

o   Beary Ellen has been kicked out by her mom!  Join this young grizzly bear, as she learns to survive on her own in Kananaskis Country. Will she make it to hibernation? Come find out!

o   Arrive 10-15 minutes early

o   Blanket seating – bring your own!

  • 3:30 PM – Activities end

 

About the Glenbow Ranch Park Foundation

The GRPF was established in 2007 as a partner in the development of Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park. Through a partnership with the Alberta Government, the GRPF provides visitor services, public programs, and fundraises for the provincial park. For more information visit www.grpf.ca

 

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Contact: Tara McFadden
Glenbow Ranch Park Foundation
P. 403-851-9053
tara.mcfa dden@grpf.ca

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May 23, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Bow Valley Credit Union announced as the Children’s Challenge Sponsor of the Riversong Run at the Ranch

 

The Glenbow Ranch Park Foundation (GRPF) is excited to announce that Bow Valley Credit Union is sponsoring the Children’s Challenge race at the Riversong Run at the Ranch.

“The Bow Valley Credit Union is excited to sponsor the Children’s Challenge.  It will be great to have as many kids as possible come out for the run and to stay after to celebrate Parks Day,” said Scott Grattidge, Cochrane Branch Manager of the Bow Valley Credit Union.

The Bow Valley Credit Union Children’s Challenge is a Free1 KM run for kids.  The run is one of 5 races of the Riversong Run at the Ranch and is part of Parks Day Celebrations at Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park on July 19.

Bow Valley Credit Union joins other great sponsors in supporting this race.  Race Title Sponsors include Tamani Communities, Cochrane Firefighters Community Association, The Rose Wellness Centre, Big Sky Landscaping, and Goodlife Fitness.

For more information on the Riversong Run at the Ranch and Parks Day Celebrations at Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park visit www.grpf.ca/parksday

 

Riversong Run at the Ranch

Distance & Fees:

Category Distance Early Bird Regular Race Day
Children’s Challenge 1km – Bow Valley Credit Union Children’s Challenge FREE FREE FREE
Timed Kids Race 3KM – Cochrane Firefighter’s Kid’s Race $15 $20 NO RACE DAY ENTRY
Sports Course Rose Wellness Centre Sport Course – APPROX 6-8KM (TBD) $45 $50 NO RACE DAY ENTRY
Enduro Course Big Sky Landscaping Enduro Course – APPROX 10-12KM $45 $50 NO RACE DAY ENTRY
Half Marathon Course Goodlife Fitness Half Marathon (Approximately 21k) $55 $60 NO RACE DAY ENTRY

About the Glenbow Ranch Park Foundation

The GRPF was established in 2007 as a partner in the development of Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park. Through a partnership with the Alberta Government, the GRPF provides visitor services, public programs, and fundraises for the provincial park. For more information visit www.grpf.ca

About Bow Valley Credit Union

Bow Valley Credit Union is 100% locally owned and operated by its members.  As a local credit union they put their members and community first.  For more information visit www.bowvalleycu.com

 

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Photo:  Susan de Caen, GRPF Executive Director; Scott Grattidge, Branch Manager Bow Valley Credit Union; Tara McFadden, Community Engagement Officer

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Contact: Tara McFadden
Glenbow Ranch Park Foundation
P. 403-851-9053
tara.mcfa dden@grpf.ca

 

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March 17, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Glenbow Ranch Park Foundation Receives Grant from the Cochrane Foundation

Glenbow Ranch Park Foundation (GRPF) has received a $10,000 grant from the Cochrane Foundation towards the purchase of a golf cart for educational tours.

“We are grateful for the generous support of the Cochrane Foundation. This grant provides the matching funding that we need to purchase a second touring golf cart. This new golf cart will allow us to expand on the programs that we offer at Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park and to provide access to even more visitors. We appreciate how Cochrane has embraced and continues to support the Glenbow Ranch Park Foundation,” said Susan de Caen, Executive Director of the Cochrane Foundation.

“The Cochrane Foundation is pleased to support the GRPF and the wonderful services and programs they provide to Cochrane and area residents. Golf cart tours are a popular way to view the sprawling landscape, and demand has clearly outgrown their existing one cart capacity,” said Tim Harvie, Chairman of the Cochrane Foundation.

The Cochrane Foundation grant matches a $10,000 grant from the Bow RiversEdge Campground Society and enables the GRPF to purchase an 8-person golf cart. With this purchase, the GRPF will have two multi-person golf carts to provide the popular golf cart tours and support GRPF programming. The golf cart tours begin May 19th and can be booked online at www.grpf.ca/events

About the Glenbow Ranch Park Foundation

The GRPF was established in 2007 as a partner in the development of Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park. Through a partnership with the Alberta Government, the GRPF provides visitor services, public programs, and fundraises for the provincial park. For more information visit www.grpf.ca

About the Cochrane Foundation

The Cochrane Foundation builds and manages a permanent endowment fund for the purpose of improving the quality of life in Cochrane and district, now and forever. For more information visit www.cochranefoundation.com


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo: Susan de Caen, GRPF Executive Director receives $10,000 Grant from Cochrane Foundation Chairman, Tim Harvie.

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Contact: Tara McFadden
Glenbow Ranch Park Foundation
P. 403-851-9053
tara.mcfadden@grpf.ca

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March 10, 2014

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Glenbow Ranch Park Foundation Welcomes Cory Olson

Cory Olson joined the Glenbow Ranch Park Foundation (GRPF) in February as their Grasslands Ecologist.

“We are thrilled to have Cory on board,” said Susan de Caen, Executive Director of the GRPF. “Having a GRPF ecologist is going to help us to develop a deeper understanding of the Park’s diverse ecologic communities and residents, and further engage the public in citizen science.”

Mr. Olson will be leading GRPF ecological research programs at Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park, including the Shell Grassland Recovery Project, and helping to create an endowment fund to support future GRPF operations and research.

“I am excited to be a part of the Foundation and to contribute to research of grassland ecosystems,” said Olson. “I’ve always enjoyed my volunteer time at the park and look forward to creating more ways for the public to experience and learn about the ecology of Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park.”

Mr. Olson is best known to park supporters as “Bat Man” having led a number of popular talks on bats over the last two years.
About the Glenbow Ranch Park Foundation

The GRPF was established in 2007 as a partner in the development of Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park. Through a partnership with the Alberta Government, the GRPF provides visitor services, public programs, and fundraises for the provincial park. For more information visit www.grpf.ca
About Cory Olson

Cory Olson is a wildlife biologist and bat expert who completed his M.Sc degree at the University of Calgary, where he studied the roosting behavior of bats in the boreal forest of Northern Alberta.

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Contact: Tara McFadden
Glenbow Ranch Park Foundation
P. 403-851-9053
tara.mcfadden@grpf.ca

 

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February 5, 2014

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

A Big Thank You to BREC

Glenbow Ranch Park Foundation is pleased to thank Bow RiversEdge Campground Society (BREC) for their ongoing support.

“Our Foundation is extremely grateful for BREC’s financial support. It is because of their generous contributions that we can offer the golf cart tours at Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park,” said Susan de Caen, Executive Director of Glenbow Ranch Park Foundation (GRPF).

The golf cart tours, sponsored by Chloe Cartwright, are one of the more popular programs offered by the GRPF, making the Park accessible to visitors of all ages and abilities.

“This is great example of how BREC supports the community and we’re glad to be able to assist the Glenbow Ranch Park Foundation,” said Steve Cook, BREC President and Cochrane Rotary Vice-President.

“The BREC partnership started on the old campground site, and bringing the Town of Cochrane and Rocky View County into the partnership has created a real win for the community. It allows us to give back by supporting such great organizations as the Glenbow Ranch Park Foundation,” said Dale Caron, Director of the Cochrane Lions and Cochrane Rotary.

Funding from BREC allowed for the purchase of the first electric golf cart in 2013. The golf cart tour program was so successful that GRPF is seeking funding to purchase a second golf cart. The Foundation received a recent $10,000 grant from BREC for this purpose, and is currently seeking funding for the remainder of the purchase price.

 

About the Glenbow Ranch Park Foundation

The GRPF was established in 2007 as a partner in the development of Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park. Through a partnership with the Alberta Government, the GRPF provides visitors services, public programs and fundraises for the provincial park. For more information visit www.grpf.ca

 

About Bow RiversEdge Campground Society

Bow RiversEdge is a not for profit business. Every year the proceeds from the campground are distributed back into the community through grants and bursaries for community based organizations.

The “Capital Re-Investment” Partnership formed between The Lions and Rotary Service Clubs of Cochrane with the Municipal District of Rocky View No 44 and the Town of Cochrane directs the profit funds from the Bow RiversEdge Campground Society back into the Greater Cochrane Community. By distributing profits back into our Community’s Capital Projects, this truly is a win/win situation for the Community and those who visit it.

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Contact: Tara McFadden
Glenbow Ranch Park Foundation
P. 403-851-9053
tara.mcfa dden@grpf.ca

 

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January 14, 2014

 

A Winning Name!

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Shell Grasslands Recovery Project Wins!

Following a month long public vote, Glenbow Ranch Park Foundation’s Foothills Fescue Research Institute has been renamed as the Shell Grasslands Recovery Project.

The new name was chosen by 111 votes out of a total of 256 online votes.  Shirley Pinter won the random draw and is the winner of the $100 Shell Gas Card and a Glenbow Ranch Park Foundation Family Membership.

The Shell Grasslands Recovery Project will continue the work of the Institute, leading research and education initiatives focused on native grasslands.

Voting Results

  • Shell Grasslands Recovery Project – 111
  • Shell Rangeland Recovery Initiative – 54
  • Shell Rescue the Fescue Initiative – 34
  • Shell Rescue the Fescue Project – 57

Total Votes – 256

 

About the Glenbow Ranch Park Foundation

The GRPF was established in 2007 as a partner in the development of the Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park.  Through a partnership with the Alberta Government the Foundation provides visitors services, public programs and fundraises for the provincial park.  For more information visit www.grpf.ca

About the Shell Grasslands Recovery Project

The project is the research arm of the GRPF and is a partnership with Shell Canada that focuses on research and educational programs about grasslands.  The project investigates native plant species and the means by which not just the park, but private industry and individuals can conserve and restore native grassland biodiversity and functionality.  The project includes the newly launched hands-on “Discover Grasslands” program offered in schools.

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Contact: Tara McFadden
Glenbow Ranch Park Foundation
P. 403-851-9053
tara.mcfadden@grpf.ca

 

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January 9, 2014

Glenbow Ranch Park Foundation Announces Major Donation

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

The new year is starting off with a bang for the Glenbow Ranch Park Foundation.

Glenbow Ranch Park Foundation (GRPF) announced today that it has received a generous $20,000 personal donation from Andy Crooks in support of the 2014 Kids and Family programs offered at Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park.

“I am pleased to make this donation in support of one of the many amazing programs the GRPF is offering the public. I hope that this announcement encourages others to donate in support of programs and the ongoing development of the Park,” said Andy Crooks.

“The GRPF is very pleased to have received this generous gift,” said Susan de Caen, Executive Director of the GRPF. “The funding will allow us to provide another great summer of outdoor educational and recreational activities for kids and their families.”

The donation is designated to support the Kids and Family programs being offered this summer. The programs range from young naturalist day camps to family archaeology digs, pond exploration and a range of animal and nature-themed programs. This funding will be used to provide program materials and assist with staffing costs.

 

About the Glenbow Ranch Park Foundation

The GRPF was established in 2007 as a partner in the development of Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park. Through a partnership with the Alberta Government the Foundation provides visitor services, public programs and fundraises for the provincial park. For more information visit www.grpf.ca

 

About Andy Crooks

Andy Crooks, a Calgary lawyer and venture capital investor, is the current GRPF Board Chair and former CEO. His additional community work includes; Civitas, Simon House and the Canadian Taxpayers Federation. For more information visit www.andycrooksyyc.com

 

Contact: Tara McFadden
Glenbow Ranch Park Foundation
P. 403-851-9053
tara.mcfadden@grpf.ca

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December 16, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Naming Contest at Glenbow Ranch Park Foundation

Glenbow Ranch Park Foundation has launched a contest to re-name the Foothills Fescue Research Institute.

Four suggested names have been shortlisted and participants can vote on their favorite name online at www.grpf.ca.  Online voters will be entered in a draw to win a $100 Shell gas gift card and a Family Membership to the Glenbow Ranch Park Foundation (GRPF).

“This is a fun way for the public to be involved with the GRPF.  The re-naming of the Institute will make it clear that the partnership is providing native grassland research and education,” said GRPF Executive Director Susan de Caen.

Previous contests of the GRPF include the “Name the Horse” contest and the “Pick the Flavour” contest; where voters selected which Mackay’s Ice Cream would be the Glenbow Ranch Park Foundation’s Ice Cream.

The Foothills Fescue Research Institute (FFRI) is a research arm of the GRPF.  The FFRI investigates native plant species and the means by which not just the Park, but private industry and individuals can conserve and restore native grassland biodiversity and functionally.

A $230,000 partnership between Shell Canada and the GRPF was announced in 2012.  The partnership expands on the native grasslands research being done at Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park and includes the newly launched hands-on “Discover Grasslands” program offered in schools.

Contest Details

 We Want You to Decide

Re-name the Foothills Fescue Research Institute

For your chance to win a $100 Shell gas gift card and a GRPF Membership, simply go to www.grpf.ca/vote and vote before January 12 at midnight.

Options

 

  • Shell Grasslands Recovery Project
  • Shell Rescue the Fescue Project
  • Shell Rescue the Fescue Initiative
  • Shell Rangeland Recovery Initiative

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Contact: Tara McFadden
Glenbow Ranch Park Foundation
P. 403-851-9053
tara.mcfadden@grpf.ca
www.grpf.ca

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July 29, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

 

GLENBOW RANCH PARK FOUNDATION NAMES NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR AND BOARD CHAIR

 

Foundation has co-ordinated $6 million investment since park announced in 2007

COCHRANE, Alberta — Susan de Caen has been named Executive Director of the Glenbow Ranch Park Foundation, newly appointed Board Chair Andy Crooks announced today.

Ms. De Caen most recently was Vice President of Operations of the Foundation, which is co-developing the Park along the Bow River between Calgary and Cochrane with the Ministry of Alberta Tourism, Parks and Recreation. The Foundation has invested $6 in amenities such as trails since the Park was announced in 2007.

“With the initial build out of the Park complete, the Foundation is now focusing on our sustainability, public programming, research projects and fundraising,” said Mr. Crooks, who previously was Chief Executive Officer of the Foundation. “Susan has the knowledge, skills and talents to enhance long term value, services, and programming for our visitors.”

Ms. De Caen created the volunteer and educational programs that are core to the organization’s success.

“The Foundation is an important way for the public to be involved with the Park,” said Ms. De Caen. “We will continue to deliver quality programs and will extend our partnerships and fundraising efforts as we work to expand park trails and community connections.”

Mr. Crooks will continue to provide leadership and direction in his new role as Chairman of the Board.

Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park is one of Alberta’s newest provincial parks. Located along the north shore of the Bow River between Calgary and Cochrane, it consists of more than 1,300 hectares of foothills parkland.

The Foundation’s headquarters is located at the Park visitor center. To contact the Foundation please call 403-851-9053.  To learn more visit www.grpf.ca

 

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For Media Interviews

Susan de Caen 587-777-4090 or Andy Crooks 403-265-5489

 

 

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July 22, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

 

URBAN SYSTEMS SPONSORS THE GLENBOW RANCH PARK FOUNDATION STEWARDS PROGRAM

 

Glenbow Ranch

Urban Systems is contributing to the ongoing success of the Glenbow Ranch Park Foundation (GRPF) with its generous sponsorship of the Park Steward Program.  The two year sponsorship will support the work of the volunteer Stewards of the GRPF.

“This sponsorship allows us to sustain and expand on the work that our volunteers do here at Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park,” said Susan de Caen, Vice President of the Glenbow Ranch Park Foundation.

“Supporting the Park Steward Program is one of the ways we’ve chosen to give back as we celebrate Urban Systems 30th Anniversary in our Calgary location,” said Lynda Cooke, Senior Municipal Engineer at Urban Systems Ltd.  “This program supports sustainability and cares for the Park in which we played a role in creating. We are proud to be a part of it.”

The Park Steward Program operates under the GRPF and is made up of a dedicated core of volunteers from Cochrane, Calgary, and Rocky View County.  These volunteers put in countless hours providing visitors services, park programs and supporting Park research.

Urban Systems is a professional consulting firm committed to supporting vibrant communities.  Their inter-disciplinary team works with governments, Aboriginal communities, private industry, and non profit organizations to help build communities that are safe, sustainable and prosperous.

 

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Contact: Tara McFadden
Glenbow Ranch Park Foundation
P. 403-851-9053
tara.mcfadden@grpf.ca
www.grpf.ca

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July 12, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE : July 12, 2013

Martin Parnell Challenges Runners to Run at the Ranch

“I challenge all Cochrane and area runners and walkers to come out for the 2nd Annual Run at the Ranch. The Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park is a gift that just keeps on giving,” said Martin Parnell.

Taking place on a mixture of paved and gravel pathways, the rolling terrain and expansive views are sure to challenge the body and impress the senses.

With three distances to choose from there is a something for everyone; Kids Run, 5K Fun Run and Walk, 10K and Half Marathon.  The run supports Glenbow Ranch Park Foundation, their programs and fundraising efforts for the Park.

Parnell is participating at the Run at the Ranch as part of his TransRockies Quest 888 in support of Right to Play.  The Run at the Ranch will be one of ten TransRockies events that he is participating in this year as he strives to cover 888 KM.

Run Details

August 25, 2013

1K Kids Run: Free

5K Fun Run and Walk: $35

10K: $45

Half Marathon: $75

For information and to register visit www.transrockies.com

For information on Martin Parnell and Marathon Quest 250 visit www.marathonquest250.com/

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Contact: Tara McFadden
Glenbow Ranch Park Foundation
P. 403-851-9053
tara.mcfadden@grpf.ca
www.grpf.ca

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June 18, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE : June 18, 2013

 

BOW VALLEY COLLEGE PARTNERS WITH GLENBOW RANCH PARK FOUNDATION

Bow Valley College has expanded its Adult Learning presence by sponsoring Glenbow Ranch Park Foundation’s Adult Learning Programs.

“This sponsorship supports the sustainability of educational programs at Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park,” said Susan de Caen, Vice President of the Glenbow Ranch Park Foundation.  “We are excited to partner with Bow Valley College as we work together to offer unique educational opportunities for adult learners.”

“Bow Valley College is pleased to support the Glenbow Ranch Park Foundation,” said Shauna Cox of Bow Valley College – Cochrane.  “Our partnership with Glenbow Ranch Park Foundation is an opportunity for us to promote life-long learning in an amazing environment.”

Glenbow Ranch Park Foundation is offering a range of adult learning programs at Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park.  From photography workshops to historical and ecological interpretive walks there are over twenty-five summer programs available to the adult learner in 2013.

Bow Valley College is Calgary and Region’s One & Only Comprehensive Community College and now serves 1.3 million residents of Alberta.  Bow Valley College is mandated by the Alberta government to close the gap between industry needs and learner skills.

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Contact: Tara McFadden
Glenbow Ranch Park Foundation
P. 403-393-4001
tara.mcfadden@grpf.ca
www.grpf.ca

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19 March, 2013

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  March 19, 2013

 Local Realtor, Chloe Cartwright Sponsors GRPF Golf Cart Tours

 

Local realtor, Chloe Cartwright of Century 21 Bravo Realty Ltd., is sponsoring the Glenbow Ranch Park Foundation (GRPF) Golf Cart Tours.

The golf cart tours are one of the most popular programs offered at Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park.  These informative programs share stories about the Park’s rich history and environment while touring visitors through the incredibly landscape of the Bow River corridor.  This sponsorship allows the GRPF to expand to three golf cart tours a week during the summer season.

“The golf cart tours are a great way for people to experience Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park and I’m thrilled to be able to sponsor this program.  The Park and the Glenbow Ranch Park Foundation are tremendous assets to Cochrane and area and I’m glad to be able to support them,” said Chloe Cartwright.

“We’re very excited to have Chloe Cartwright sponsoring the GRPF golf cart program,” said Tara McFadden of the Foundation.  “Due to the unique role the Foundation fills in providing visitors services, fundraising and co-managing the Park; there are great opportunities for individuals and businesses to get involved.  This generous sponsorship helps us to expand on the golf cart tours, and helps build awareness that we’re seeking financial support for our summer kids’ programs and Park Steward (volunteer) program.  We anticipate that this program sponsorship will be the first of many.”

The Foundation offers a range of park programs that include summer kids’ camps, historical walks, photography programs and the occasional bat walk.  For a full list of GRPF programs visit www.grpf.ca/programs, or for information on sponsorship opportunities contact tara.mcfadden@grpf.ca.

 

Contact: Tara McFadden
Glenbow Ranch Park Foundation
P. 403-398-3762
tara.mcfadden@grpf.ca
www.grpf.ca

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17 December, 2012

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Dec. 17, 2012

 

GLENBOW RANCH PARK FOUNDATION AND SHELL LAUNCH LAND RECLAMATION RESEARCH

 

$230,000 Partnership Creates Fescue Research Institute Focused on Native Grasslands

 

CALGARY, Alberta – The Glenbow Ranch Park Foundation today announced an inaugural $230,000 CDN partnership with Shell that will launch advanced research on land reclamation practices using native grasses, including fescue.

Creation of the Shell Foothills Fescue Research Institute will allow the Foundation to build a greenhouse and research facility while expanding both existing research and education programs at the Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park located between Calgary and Cochrane along the Bow River in Southern Alberta.

The provincial park features one of the largest remaining groupings of native grasslands in the province including an abundance of rough fescue, which is designated part of an endangered ecosystem. The Nature Conservancy of Canada estimates only 17 per cent of original Alberta Foothills fescue grassland remain inAlberta.

“Shell is pleased to partner with the Glenbow Ranch Park Foundation,” said Louis Auger, Shell Vice-President Production, North. “Advancing land reclamation through native grassland research and weed management is an initiative important to both Shell and the communities near our operations.”

Rough fescue, with roots that can grow three metres deep, sequesters carbon and provides protection against drought, erosion and other natural hazards. Although it survives with minimal water, the fescue is difficult to reproduce and faces attack from non-native plant species.

“Shell’s partnership will allow us to research innovative ways to restore grasslands while cultivating an unrivalled way to store carbon,” said Andy Crooks, Chief Executive Officer of the Foundation which is co-developing the park with theAlbertagovernment.”This is the largest partnership in our short history as a park.”

Added Christine Cusanelli, Alberta’s Minister of Tourism, Parks and Recreation: “We want Alberta’s parks system, including Glenbow Ranch, to inspire people to discover, value, protect and enjoy the natural world and the benefits it provides both today and for future generations. This important partnership between Shell and the Glenbow Ranch Park Foundation will help our park visitors to develop an even greater appreciation for our natural spaces and the important role they play in our province.”

The Institute will be led by Steve Tannas, who has PhD in Agriculture, Range and Pasture Management from theUniversityofAlberta. He has been conducting research at the park for several years.

The partnership was announced during a ceremony at Shell headquarters inCalgary.

The Glenbow Ranch Park Foundation was established in 2008 as a partner in the development of Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park.

For more information, please contact:

 

Andy Crooks, CEO,

Glenbow Ranch Park Foundation

Andy.crooks@grpf.ca

(403) 265-5489

 

Media Line

Shell Canada

media-desk@shell.com

1-877-850-5023.

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 27 November, 2012

 



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