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 2018. 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.

Have your say!  What recreation programming would you/your family like to see?  Complete our recreation program survey by April 30, 2018. 

 The following information is brief descriptions of some of the programs that will be offered in 2018. All programs will require pre-registration.

Upcoming Programs

Nordic Pole Walking

Saturday, April 28, 2018
1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Wapiti Nordic Ski Trails
$10 per participant
Poles are supplied
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Participants will be introduced to Nordic Pole Walking, a low impact and great total body activity that promotes physical health for non-athletes and athletes alike.  Take your walks to a new level under the guidance of Grande Prairie's Nordic Pole Walking enthusiast, Bethe Goldie. 

Gardening FUNdamentals

Seed Starting & Transplants
Heritage Farm ~ Down to Earth Workshop
Wednesday, May 16, 2018
6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Pipestone Creek Park
$50 per participant (includes organic heritage seeds and nursery materials)
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Students learn, hands on, how to start their own garden and landscape plants from seed. Learn the cultural requirements to care for your plants, how to set up grow lights, greenhouse ideas and transplant techniques for northern gardening. Students will be taking home 18 varieties of heritage plants. All nursery supplies, seeds and resources are included. 

Zone 2 Gardening ~ Raised Beds and Companion Planting
Heritage Farm ~ Down to Earth Workshop
Wednesday, May 23, 2018
6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Pipestone Creek Park
$25 per participant
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Students learn hands on how to build a raised bed. New gardeners learn how easy it can be to start a small garden, with little weeding and time commitment. Experience gardeners will also learn how to be creative with rock beds and landscape design. Working with Heritage Seeds, this class explores direct seeding and companion planting techniques for northern zone 2 gardening. 

Heathy Soils & Holistic Gardening
Heritage Farm ~ Down to Earth Workshop
Wednesday, May 30, 2018
6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Pipestone Creek Park
$25 per participant
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Students learn how to organically amend their garden or greenhouse soil to promote healthy happy plants. This session also includes information on composting, disease and pest control, as well as holistic gardening techniques to attract pollinators to your landscape.

Future Programs

Outdoor Safety FUNdamentals 
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.

Exploring My Sense of Nature
Kids participating in this program 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 Program
This program will introduce participants to the wonderful activity of snowshoeing.  Participants will learn about snowshoe equipment, the history of snowshoeing, basic snowshoe maneuvers, how to recognize hazards, and have the opportunity to meet new people

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