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Education & Outreach

The goal is to teach residents and visitors to live smart with wildlife, and engage residents in community-driven initiatives that help reduce human/wildlife conflicts.

WildSmart Education Programs / Services

  • Educational Materials
  • Living with Wildlife Workshops
  • Community Events
  • Speaker Series
  • Social Media Resources
  • Volunteer & Partnership Programs
  • Children's Programs
  • Nature for Newcomers

Nature for Newcomers

Nature for Newcomers is a program to provide New Canadians, Newcomers and English as a second language residents and visitors with information on wildlife safety in their language through online materials, print resources as well as outreach programs.

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Educational Materials

Educational Materials include brochures, tent cards for restaurants and hotels, posters and magnets. We also supply backyard attractant flyers, garbage bin decals, Wildsmart signs, and bumper stickers to the community.

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Living with Wildlife column Archive »

Social Media Resources

Our Social Media Resources include an interactive website, Twitter and Facebook page. Wildsmart.ca provides information on how to be safe on the trails and at home. Members of our online newsletter ‘On the Wild Side” receive weekly bear activity reports and in the winter a monthly wildlife report. Subscribers to our newsletter and Facebook page can post questions, add comments on wildlife activity and learn about upcoming events and volunteer opportunities. WildSmart Twitter is used to post bear warnings, closures and upcoming events.

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Bear Spray Training

Living with Wildlife Workshops

A sequence of Living with Wildlife Workshops, online and print resources designed to provide young families, newcomers, residents with English as a second language, weekend recreationists, youth, and outdoor educators with the tools to be WildSmart in the Bow Valley. Participants will join in wildlife safety orientations; bear spray training, learn about the challenges of coexisting with wildlife and gain a sense of stewardship for wildlife conservation in the region. Programs will be provided in multiple languages and free child care will be made available to young families.

WildSmart on the Trail kiosk

Community Events

WildSmart engages residents and visitors at Community Events year round.

How WildSmart are you? Speaker's Series
In the winter we hold the How WildSmart are you? Speaker’s Series to inform residents of recent wildlife research and issues.

Listen to Podcasts of Speaker's Series »

Open House
In the spring we have an Open House to foster greater awareness and interest in the programs we offer, as well as celebrate the achievements of our volunteers, partners and participants.

WildSmart On The Trail travelling kiosk
In the summer our WildSmart On The Trail travelling kiosk is present at numerous recreation events, trail heads and dog off-leash areas to provide on site wildlife safety information.

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Children's Programs

We provide specifically designed Children’s Programs for local schools, clubs and summer camp programs. WildSmart programs offer local children an opportunity to learn about wildlife safety and share their experience with the public through (radio spots, videos, newspaper articles). In 2012 a WildSmart Resource Kit: Newborn-Age 6 will be created and lent out to local Parent Links, day cares and day homes.

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Photo Gallery - Children's Programs »

Volunteer Programs

The WildSmart Volunteer Program provides opportunities for the public to become volunteers by helping distribute educational materials and assist with outreach programs such as berry bush removal projects. Volunteers can also apply to join our advisory committee, a group that provides program advice, support and occasion for community input and engagement.

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Partnership Programs

Wildlife Ambassador Program
Over the past five years WildSmart has been working in a Partnership Program with Alberta Tourism, Parks, Recreation to facilitate a community based volunteer program. The Wildlife Ambassadors are a growing group of trained volunteers who rove trails throughout the Bow Valley and Kananaskis Country to provide wildlife safety information to visitors and locals.

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Photo Gallery - Wildlife Ambassadors »

From Visitor to Participant: Engaging communities by empowering and supporting volunteers in Alberta’s parks and protected areas (PDF document: 1.2 MB)

Nature for Newcomers

Nature for Newcomers program will provide New Canadians, English as a second language residents and Newcomers wildlife safety programs so they can enjoy Alberta’s protected areas more safely, reduce conflict between people and wildlife, and instill a value for wildlife conservation.

Online, print and workshops on wildlife safety will be provided as well as several field trips to take Newcomers out to Kananaskis Country to learn how to recreate in protected areas safely.

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