Prairie Chapter

Sierra Club Canada Foundation has been working to develop a network of community leaders protecting the integrity of Prairie ecosystems. Our dedicated volunteers focus on local issues important to their communities and act as proactive advocates for the environment. 

To get involved in the prairie region, contact Lindsay Boucher, Prairie Chapter Coordinator, at prairiechapter@sierraclub.ca.

What Happens Now With the EPCOR Solar Farm?

Charles Richmond speaking with the press at Edmonton City Hall

Written by Jaclyn Layton

With over 72 square kilometres of lush river valley, Edmonton presents a unique intersection of urban and green space. More expansive than Stanley Park of Vancouver (4 square kilometres), or even Central Park in New York City (3.4 square kilometres),  Edmonton’s greenery is an aspect of the city that is celebrated, and therefore should be preserved and protected. The natural wonder of the North Saskatchewan River Valley has been at risk over the past 18 months over a proposed solar farm that would degrade the Valley’s natural state.

Provincial Highway Threatens Rare Native Grassland Ecosystem

Written by Warrick Baijius, Endangered Grassland Alliance

Saskatoon, SK, is a vibrant and growing prairie city within an agricultural landscape. But in and around Saskatoon there are some enchanting and ever-changing natural sites, gems that provide a glimpse into pre-settlement landscapes. These areas include complex and diverse combinations of native plant and animal communities, housed and fed in a mosaic of diverse habitats influenced by erosion, grazing, and fire. Some of these areas have fescue and mixed grassland prairie —globally the most threatened ecosystem, and regionally an increasingly rare occurrence (at 5% of original extent for fescue, and 9% to 15% for mixed).

Wild Child Spring Programming Was a Huge Success! Big Thanks to All Our Participants!

Picture this:
There is a group of fifteen five year old kids exploring a nearby forest. They are wandering around, digging holes, walking on logs, listening for birds - even stopping to look at rabbit droppings! With a magnifying glass in hand, these nature detectives are on the hunt to discover all the hidden treasures nature has to offer.

This is a typical day for our participants at our Wild Child Nature Immersion Program. 

               

Wild Child - Edmonton & Area


About Wild Child Sierra Club

The Wild Child program of Sierra Club Canada Foundation has been connecting children, youth, and families to nature since 2010. The mission of our Wild Child programs is to provide child led, play based learning through repeated exposure to nature helping to foster a lasting relationship with the natural world.

Wild Child Edmonton & Area

It was a great time for learning outdoors at Riverfest in Edmonton!

Dear Friends:
Thank you to all our volunteers, friends, and families for supporting Sierra Club Canada Foundation's Big Nature Tent for public education at Edmonton's inaugural Riverfest 2017.
At the Big Nature Tent
We appreciate your time, expertise, and creativity as a generous donation to conservation advocacy and a wonderful fall outing on the weekend of September 16th.

Nature is Home at Canadian Parks Conference 2017

“Is there anyone among us who has the courage to stand and say, will tomorrow’s child know the wonders I see today?”

Wonders I’ve Seen by The Bills  (2016)


This year the Canadian Parks Conference 2017 was held in Banff National Park at the Banff Centre, overlooking Banff town and the Bow Valley from March 8-11..

Hosted by the Alberta Recreation and Parks Association with its partners the Canadian Recreation and Parks Association, and the Canadian Parks Council, the conference, which included many invited speakers and three hundred attendees, was an inspired four days of discussion.

Return of the Buffalo for Canada’s 150 Celebrated at Canadian Parks Conference

Bison thundered back into the wild Panther Valley of Banff National Park on Feb. 1, 2017. It was a history making event. Bringing to life a long-held dream, the restoration of bison to their natural habitat is a move designed to promote biodiversity and cultural reconnections.

Conserving Edmonton’s River Valley and Ravine System

Most of Edmonton’s natural lands lie within its extensive river valley and tributary ravine systems – an area of 7,400 ha and 48 km in length, including 22 ravines, for a combined total length of 103 km. Much of the area is either under private ownership or targeted by City Parks for recreational infrastructure. Golf courses, gravel quarries, a velodrome and other sports facilities, freeways, boat launches… have all been proposed over the past decades for what is often “free land” to the City. Fortunately there are a growing number of local ENGOs actively involved in conservation of these lands with whom we partner or support on a project basis.

Sand Dunes? In Edmonton!

The Edmonton Group has traditionally focused on parkland creation and conservation. These are usually multi-year projects; our favorite, going on fifteen, is the Sand Dunes Natural Area (our name - bureaucratically known as NW384) in the far southwest of Edmonton.

We identified the feature in 2001, characterized its pro-glacial origins, and with the support of the Curator of Geology from our Provincial Museum, induced the City to purchase the lands the following year. The dunes lie on the easternmost extent of the 200 sq km glacio-lacustrine Devon Dune Field to the west of Edmonton.

Oil Sands Independent Toxins Report

Publication Date: 
September 1, 2010

On August 31st, 2010, a study which was led by University of Alberta researchers was published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, which conclusively shows that numerous highly toxic pollutants are being released into the Athabasca River and its tributaries by the development of the oil sands.

The levels exceeded both federal and provincial government guidelines.

The report is available for download here.