A major environmental and conservation group held a unique tribute to Canada’s 150 anniversary July 15, and it was all natural.
The Edmonton and Area Land Trust, a not-for-profit group which works to protect natural areas to benefit wildlife and people, and to conserve biodiversity and all nature’s values, for everyone forever, invited the community to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the nation by delving into their Pipestone Creek property located near Coal Lake east of the City of Wetaskiwin.
“’Celebrate 150 Acres of Canada’s Natural Heritage’ is a unique project that encourages participation in nature walk events hosted by the Edmonton and Area Land Trust in urban and rural locations, to mark Canada’s 150th birthday,’ stated a press release from EALT.
“While EALT gratefully acknowledges that Canada’s Aboriginal peoples were the original stewards of the land, this project celebrates 150 acres of the over 2,000 acres of land that EALT stewards.
“Participants joined us for guided nature walks in the sanctuary to introduce environmental stewardship, inspire a deeper appreciation of our natural heritage, and understanding of how nature has shaped our communities and country.
“Guided walks were held all day.”
At the event, EALT outreach coordinator Stephanie Weizenbach said talking about conservancy is one thing, but experiencing the outdoors is another. “We wanted to introduce people to the nature that the Edmonton and Area Land Trust is conserving,” she said at Pipestone Creek July 15.
About two dozen guests took in the event, and EALT also had educational displays set up to educate about conservation issues and solutions in the area.
Weizenbach also stated the public can enjoy the tour online by following the Virtual Tour Guide for Pipestone Creek on smart phone as guests walk along the trail and locate the numbered signs, as the self-guided signs will remain all year. More information is available online at https://www.ealt.ca/pipestone-creek.