One of the priority actions in the Plan for Parks is an inclusion strategy. The goal is to increase opportunities and invite the full participation of all Albertans in parks.
The Push to Open Nature Initiative aims to increase environmental and recreational literacy among people of all abilities. Many Albertans face some sort of barrier to active living. Every Albertan will be affected by disability in their life due to injury, aging or as a caregiver to a loved one.
The Push to Open Nature Initiative builds on:
Nature has no building codes. We must work to ensure that people of all abilities can participate in nature-based experiences and outdoor recreation. We are trying to remove barriers in new and existing facilities, as well as in programs and daily operations.
We'd also love to hear about exceptional places or people in Alberta's parks that provide truly inclusive experiences. Please send your stories and photos to firstname.lastname@example.org.
To provide access without impacting wilderness, we develop and support programs that modify the user, not the environment. Adaptive nature challenges require:
Adaptive nature challenges prove that teamwork, determination and creativity can break down barriers, smooth out mountains and build communities.
Check our Events listing for upcoming adaptive nature and inclusion programs.
Check out our past adaptive challenges
Push to Open Nature Society is a non-profit charitable society that works with Parks Division on inclusion initiatives by:
Get involved and help push open nature in Alberta's provincial parks.
Thank you to the hundreds of volunteers and dozens of leaders who have helped so far. A huge thanks also to our many valued partners.