September 15, 2021

Are You One of Our First Biosphere Laureates?

We are very pleased to announce we are now seeking people interested in taking on the inaugural positions of Historian Laureate and Visual Arts Laureate for the Beaver Hills Biosphere. The first Canadian biosphere to do so, and with funding support from the Edmonton Heritage Council, we are now accepting applications for one (1) Historian Laureate and one (1) Visual Arts Laureate.

This unique approach will assist and further our efforts to capture share the rich and diverse history and culture associated with and the creativity inspired by the Beaver Hills. For more information read the:

Historian Laureate Position Description

Visual Arts Laureate Position Description


We have extended the deadline for applications to September 30. To apply, send a CV and cover letter to detailing why you are especially suited to one of these important new positions. 

September 9, 2021

Take the Cooking Lake-Blackfoot PRA Recreation Survey

This study is collecting valuable information to help us understand how hunters and non-hunters share the landscape in the Cooking Lake-Blackfoot Provincial Recreation Area (PRA). The University of Alberta, Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation is collaborating with the Alberta Conservation Association and the Alberta Ministry of Environment and Parks to help them understand your outdoor recreation experiences and what you think might improve those experiences.

Learn more and take the survey.

August 28, 2021

Golden Ranches: A gem in the heart of the Beaver Hills Biosphere

Just east of Edmonton, and in the heart of the UNESCO-designated Beaver Hills Biosphere, lies Golden Ranches. CBC's Our Edmonton host and producer, Adrienne Lamb, recently visited this 550 hectare conservation area. Stewarded collaboratively by numerous organizations including the Nature Conservancy of Canada, Alberta Conservation Association, Edmonton and Area Land Trust, and Alberta Fish and Game Association, Golden Ranches is an important wildlife corridor and opportunity for people to experience nature first-hand. The video feature and the entire episode is now available.

Watch it now.

The last chance to catch the entire episode on CBC TV and the CBC GEM before it goes into the CBC archive vault is today at 11 a.m.

Read the article.

August 19, 2021

Indigenous Engagement in the Biosphere

This morning, our Indigenous Engagement Coordinator, Bob Montgomery, spoke with Edmonton AM host Mark Connolly from CBC Radio about the relationship building, engagement activities and efforts to reconnect people with the land that are underway in the Biosphere.

Listen to the interview

August 18, 2021

Bison in the Balance

Recently published in Beside magazine, this engaging and informative article explains the efforts underway in the Beaver Hills Biosphere to find a balance between the Biosphere’s protected areas and the humans who live nearby, as local ecologists strive to invite more participation in the parks while still respecting nature’s limits.

Read the article.

July 14, 2021

Join Us for an Introduction to Invasive Plants

Date: July 28, 2021
Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Elk Island National Park
Meet in the Mud Lake parking lot at Elk Island National Park at 6 PM

The Beaver Hills Biosphere and Elk Island National Park invite you to this informative event to learn about invasive plants on grasslands.

At this free event you will learn about:

  • Invasive plant theory and classification
  • What makes a plant a weed
  • Issues faced by the park
  • Species of concern and how to identify them
  • Control methods used in the park

Space is limited to 20 people.

Register today

July 2, 2021

Become a Strathma Explorer!

Are you between the ages of 8 and 12 and curious about the world we live in?

The Beaver Hills Biosphere is thrilled to team up with the education team at the Strathcona County Museum and Archives (Strathma) to deliver this exciting new summer program series. In July and August, we will be popping up at various locations throughout Strathcona County and the Beaver Hills Biosphere. Join us as we play, discover, inquire, and connect.

  • July 15 - Beaver Hills Biodiversity Trail
  • July 29 - Sherwood Park Natural Area
  • August  12 - Strathma Garden (at Strathma)
  • August 26 - Beaver Hills Biodiversity Trail

All activities are from 9am - 12pm.

For more information and to register visit

June 22, 2021

Help Us Advance Nature-Based Education in the Biosphere

Public Survey

We are exploring meaningful learning in the Beaver Hills Biosphere and will be creating a plan for the future of education in the Biosphere, but we can’t do it alone. We invite you to share your experiences, ideas and hopes as inspiration for continued connection with nature through the Beaver Hills Biosphere. Your experiences are important to us and this survey helps us connect with you and your knowledge.

Take our public survey.

Teacher Survey

The Beaver Hills Biosphere is committed to offering meaningful learning opportunities for students and teachers. We are creating a plan for the future of education in the biosphere, but we can’t do it alone. The thoughts and ideas that you share through this survey will directly impact the way that young people engage with the incredible stories of Alberta’s newest Biosphere region, the Beaver Hills Biosphere. Thank you for participating and contributing to these efforts.

Take our teacher survey.

June 21, 2021

National Indigenous Peoples Day: It's more than just a day

Sarah Jacknife, a friend of Bob Montgomery, our Indigenous Engagement Coordinator, wrote a good piece on her reflections on National Indigenous Peoples Day.

We invite you to read Sarah's reflections and her suggestion for ten ways to stay engaged in reconciliation.

Read Sarah's post.