Recreation Events & Programs

The Parks and Recreation department is pleased to announce it will be hosting a number of Outdoor Recreation and Environmental Education programs. 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.

Upcoming Programs & Events:

Kids Can Catch

July 8, 2020  3:00 pm- 8:00 pm. Registration is required, Register here to book your 45 minute timeslot.

The County of Grande Prairie has teamed up with Alberta Conservation Association to host a province-wide program, Kids Can Catch Event at the County Sportsplex Pond located at 7407-108 Street Clairmont (on the east side of the Crosslink County Sportsplex parking lot behind the playground.) This event is free to attend and create a non-competitive family-fishing atmosphere to hook new and young anglers on fishing. It is a chance to fish and learn about fish conservation and responsible angling.  

This event is open to families with kids under 16 years of age. You can bring your own fishing gear or use the event fishing rods. Kids under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult to participate in the event. The program will accept up to 15 participants in each 45-minute time slot. 

COVID-19 Guidelines:

  • Please do not arrive more than 15 minutes before your scheduled time.
  • Quickly exit the venue once your time slot is complete.
  • Maintain Physical distancing of 2 m at all times with those outside your cohort (this will limit # of persons allowed on docks)
  • Hand Sanitizer available onsite

 Keep in mind that fishing regulations still apply.In the event of inclement/poor weather, the event may be cancelled. It is recommended the participants dress appropriately according to weather conditions, and bring insect repellent.

 

Spring Gardening Workshops

The County of Grande Prairie is excited to offer some gardening workshops instructed by Wendy Smith of Heritage Farms. Wendy has a diverse background of agriculture experience in the Peace County including bees, seed production, mixed farming, nursery crop production and many years as a research technician at the Beaverlodge Research Farm. As a certified Permaculture Design Instructor, her focus at the workshops are on northern growing techniques, many of which are featured in Heritage Farm magazine. 

Heritage Tomato Seeding Workshop Monday March 30, 2020 - 6:00 p.m. -8:00 p.m. - County Parks Shop.  CANCELLED

Students will learn hands on, how to start their own tomato transplants from seed. The session includes instructions on seeds, planting media, water and nutrients.  Learn how to keep plants happy and healthy as you grow them out at home. Each student will plant and take home 18 varieties of heritage tomatoes hardy for northern climates.

Raised Bed Workshop- Wednesday April 15, 2020 - 6:00 p.m. -8:00 p.m. -County Parks Shop. Cost :$75.00 CANCELLED

Students will learn how to build their own raised bed at home. The session includes instructions on preferred materials, design, best placement in the landscape, soils, nutrients water and planting techniques. Learn how to keep plants happy and healthy all summer. Students learn how to extend the northern growing season from a certified Permaculture Instructor.

Northern Gardening Workshop- Wednesday May 6, 2020 - 6:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m. Community Services Building. Cost :$75.00 CANCELLED

Students will learn how to garden in northern climates, no experience necessary. The session includes instructions on transplanting techniques, direct seeding, soil amendments, nutrients, water and harvesting. Students learn how to grow their own organic food from a certified Permaculture Instructor.

 Full refunds will be issued in the event the cancellation of program is due to low registration. Participants have up to 7 days prior to event to cancel and receive a refund minus the Eventbrite service fee, after this time no refund will be issued.  Registration can be transferred up to the start of the event.

 


 

Future Programs

 

Nordic Pole Walking Fundamentals

This introduction to Nordic Pole Walking is a low impact. but great total body workout. Take you outdoor walks to a new level and prepare for an urban or backcountry hike. All skill and fitness levels welcome. Poles will be supplied

 Outdoor Safety FUNdamentals 
Be prepared for the backcountry. This FUNdamentals program 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 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 on 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 manoeuvres, 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.