10 Reasons to Start Family Camping NOW

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Guest blogger Holly LaRochelle is an Alberta Parks enthusiast that blogs at The Inspired Home. Her family endeavors to complete their outdoor adventure bucket list this summer, and teach the next generation – her children (3 and 1 year olds) – outdoor appreciation. You can find more of her outdoor family adventures here.

Oddly shaped tents. The comforting soft sleeping bag. The smell of campfire. Gooey s’mores. As a kid, you would probably chalk it all up to a great adventure outdoors.

As a parent, everything seems to take on a different slant – toddlers trying to crawl through the tent wall. A soft sleeping bag becomes a suffocation hazard. Campfires need to be guarded from small hands. S’more sticks seem lethal as they start waving in the air.

This camping season, it’s time to focus on the rewards instead of just the risks. Here is the top 10 reasons on why you should get family camping NOW: Continue reading

More than a plan; It’s a playbook

Sport Plan blogImagine if you took 12 people, put them on a field against another 12 people, gave them a ball and said “Win the game!” Without defining “win” or the game, you’re going to end up with 24 very different paths towards “victory.” As the coach of this team, you’re going to need a plan. Continue reading

The South Saskatchewan Regional Plan is finished. Here’s how the final version reflects your feedback.

Originally posted on Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development:

SSRP bannerThe SSRPhas been a long time in the making. Over three phases of consultation we heard from 7,500 Albertans and received 2,000 online workbooks and written submissions.

The views and ideas we heard were diverse to say the least (you can check out all the summaries of the consultation sessions here). But there were also some concerns and ideas that we heard in almost every community we visited. We’ve made changes based on those comments.

Today, we’re happy to announce that the SSRP has been finalized. Here are some of the changes we’ve made to reflect your feedback: SSRP sign Taber 2013

  • More land for the Castle Wildland Provincial Park (now 54,588 hectares) and Pekisko Heritage Rangeland (34,356 hectares)
  • A formal commitment to work with our stakeholders to explore conservation opportunities in the Twin River and Onefour Heritage Rangeland Natural Areas of the grasslands
  • Improved connectivity for wildlife habitats, both within…

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Taste the Land at Alberta’s Open Farm Days

Taste the LandFood is always best when it’s fresh, and it doesn’t come fresher than off the farm. There’s no better time to explore Alberta-grown cuisine than during Alberta Open Farm Days, August 23-24.

Reward your taste buds with something fresh and fantastic, and discover some great hidden gems in our province. Family-based agri-businesses want to bring something new, something better, or even a lost culinary tradition to your table. Continue reading

Helping more people connect with nature is goal of new plan

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Recently, I released Alberta Parks’ plan to make provincial parks more inclusive. The plan is called Everyone Belongs Outside and outlines how my department plans to implement a province-wide strategy to remove barriers and create opportunities for all Albertans to be able to connect with nature. Continue reading