Protect park ecosystems as a volunteer
Some areas in Waterton Lakes National Park are now open to the public after the Kenow Fire. Closures are still in effect for other areas due to safety hazards and infrastructure damage. Please see the up-to-date list of open and closed areas.
Thousands of visitors every year are mesmerized by the park’s abundant wildlife and the globally significant landscape where mountains rise directly out of the prairie. For those who want to get an even deeper perspective, the park offers a range of volunteer activities.
Sitting at the confluence of multiple ecosystems, Waterton is home to endangered wildlife and a vast number of plant species, including many rare varieties like pygmy poppy, mountain hollyhock and mountain lady’s slipper. Help preserve these ecosystems by joining park staff on a mission to control invasive, non-native plants and collect seeds of native flowers and grasses. Once these native plants are grown, volunteers help transplant them to park restoration sites and demonstration gardens.
Eco-conscious volunteers can also take part in the annual Knapweed Rodeo. Volunteers fan out in an effort to wrangle up invasive spotted knapweed and make way for native plants and the wildlife dependent on them. You can even adopt a piece of the park to maintain on an ongoing basis.
Want to really get your hands dirty? Put on your hiking boots, roll up your sleeves and help plant endangered limber and whitebark pines - rare native trees in danger of disappearing from Alberta and Canada.