We're committed to an inclusion strategy to increase opportunities and to invite the full participation of all Albertans in parks. This is one of the priority action items in the Plan for Parks. The Nature as a Second Language initiative aims to increase environmental and recreational literacy among Alberta's newest residents.
There is lots of information for newcomers on this website:
Everyone is welcome at all interpretive programs in Alberta's parks. There are also special events in parks.
Check our events listing for activities and events happening near you that are specifically designed to help newcomers experience the outdoors.
Nature as a Second Language Ambassador Tours
Do you work or volunteer for a settlement services agency? Are you a leader in your community? Join us on a full‐day tour of Kananaskis Country - a 4,000 square kilometer, multi-use recreation area west of Calgary. The tour takes you to various sites in the Rocky Mountains and foothills within 90 minutes of Calgary. Learn how to help your clients and community members connect with nature and outdoor recreation. We will tailor the topics based on your input.
Tours begin at 8:30 a.m. and end by 5:00 p.m. Space is limited to 10 participants per trip. Tours are free - just bring your lunch and appropriate clothing.
Alberta Environment & Parks is proud to work with the Institute for Canadian Citizenship. Canadians in their first year of citizenship are able to enjoy admissions and camping benefits at provincial parks through the Canoo App.
We work with many partners to help new Canadians participate in Alberta's provincial parks.
This research project explored how barriers can be removed for immigrant newcomers. It also looked at how inclusion strategies can be built that create accessibility for newcomers, especially those in Canada for less than 5 years.
This outreach program in Kananaskis Country aimed to introduce new Canadians to provincial parks and the opportunities available in them. The developmental program evaluation provided recommendations for program improvement and suggested a direction for an inclusion strategy for the Parks Division.