Recreation Programs

The Parks and Recreation department is pleased to announce it will be hosting a number of Outdoor Recreation and Environmental Education programs over 2017. The County's overall goal is to provide residents and the public with opportunities to be active and form a connection to nature, to increase their overall health and quality of life. There will be programs available for families, youth and adults to attend.

The following information is brief descriptions of some of the programs that will be offered in 2017. All programs require pre-registration.

Upcoming Programs

Shutterbugs in the Park: An Introduction to Landscape and Nature Photography 

Monday, July 24, 2017
6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
$15 + GST per participant
Registration deadline: July 23, 2017

Join professional photographer Keenan Geer for Shutterbugs in the Park: An Introduction to Landscape and Nature Photography. In addition to producing eye-catching images, photography provides many mental and physical benefits, including encouraging mindfulness and connection to the outdoors.  

In this course, participants will learn about camera equipment, proper framing and composition and how to edit photos while exploring the beautiful Kleskun Hills landscape. This course is suitable for beginners, or for more experienced participants looking to sharpen their photography skills. For more information and to register for this program, visit Summer Programs.

Past Programs

Outdoor Safety FUNdamentals - April 25, 2017, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Be prepared for the backcountry - includes AdventureSmart and BearSmart presentations where participants will learn about various outdoor safety practices including trip planning, travel and packing tips and how to minimize negative encounters with wildlife. For more information, visit Spring Programs.

Nordic Pole Walking - May 6, 2017, 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
This introductory to Nordic Pole Walking is a low impact but great total body workout. Take your outdoor walks to a new level and prepare for an urban or backcountry hike. All skill and fitness levels welcome. Poles will be supplied. For more information, visit Spring Programs.

Other Programs

More details on the programs specified will be posted as more information becomes available.

Exploring My Sense of Nature
Participants will be encouraged to explore nature by tapping into their five senses (Sight, Smell, Taste, Touch, Hear) while participating in a variety of activities.  Participants will be encouraged to ‘tune out’ of distractions and focus inward in order to connect with the nature around them. 

Camping FUNdamentals
Discover the joy of camping and connect with nature in the introduction to camping program.  Participants will learn the basics - how to select a campsite, set up a tent, build and cook over a fire.

Snowshoe FUNdamentals
This program will introduce participants to the wonderful activity of snowshoeing.  Participants will learn about snowshoe equipment, the history of snowshoeing,  basic snowshoe manoeuvres, how to dress for the activity and how to recognize hazards.

For more information on the County's Recreation Programs, contact the Recreation Program Coordinator at 780-532-9727 or parksandrecreation@countygp.ab.ca.