Various educational programs and services are offered to help teach residents and visitors to live smart with wildlife:
- Education Materials
- Social Media Resources
- Living with Wildlife Workshops
- Volunteer & Partnership Programs
- Community Events
- Children's Programs
- Speaker Series
- Nature for Newcomers
We develop and distribute educational materials.
For hotels, restaurants and businesses:
- tent cards for restaurants and hotels
For community residents:
- backyard attractant flyers
- garbage bin decals
- WildSmart signs
- bumper stickers
Social Media Resources
These include an interactive website, Twitter and Facebook page, Youtube channel and WildSmart on Banff Centre Radio.
Wildsmart.ca provides information on how to be safe on the trails and at home.
Members of our online newsletter "On the Wild Side" receive weekly bear activity reports and, in the winter, a monthly wildlife report.
Subscribers to our newsletter and Facebook page can post questions, add comments on wildlife activity and learn about upcoming events and volunteer opportunities.
WildSmart Twitter is used to post bear warnings, closures and upcoming events.
Living with Wildlife Workshops
Our workshops offer online and print resources designed to provide young families, newcomers, residents with English as a second language, weekend recreationists, youth, and outdoor educators with the tools to be WildSmart in the Bow Valley and Kananaskis Country.
Participants will join in wildlife safety orientations; bear spray training, learn about the challenges of coexisting with wildlife and gain a sense of stewardship for wildlife conservation in the region.
Programs will be provided in multiple languages and free child care will be made available to young families.
WildSmart engages residents and visitors at community events year round.
- In the winter we hold a monthly Speaker’s Series to inform residents of recent wildlife research and issues.
- In the summer and fall our WildSmart On The Trail travelling kiosk is present at numerous recreation events, trail heads and dog off-leash areas to provide on-site wildlife safety information.
- We also provide bear spray demonstrations on site at recreation-based events.
We provide specifically designed children’s programs for local schools, clubs and summer camp programs.
WildSmart programs offer local children an opportunity to learn about wildlife safety and share their experience with the public through radio spots, videos and newspaper articles.
The WildSmart volunteer program provides opportunities for the public to become volunteers by helping distribute educational materials and assist with outreach programs such as berry bush removal projects.
Volunteers can also apply to join our advisory committee, a group that provides program advice, support and occasion for community input and engagement.
Over the past seven years WildSmart has been working in a partnership program with Alberta Tourism, Parks, and Recreation to facilitate a community-based volunteer program.
The Wildlife Ambassadors are a growing group of trained volunteers who rove trails throughout the Bow Valley and Kananaskis Country to provide wildlife safety information to visitors and locals.
Nature for Newcomers
This program offers new Canadians, English as a second language residents and newcomers wildlife safety programs so they can enjoy Alberta's protected areas more safely, reduce conflict between people and wildlife, and instill a value for wildlife conservation.
The Nature for Newcomers web pages provide wildlife safety information in French, Spanish, English, Japanese and Tagalog
To learn more about the WildSmart program, see:
To follow WildSmart on Facebook, see:
If you'd like to follow WildSmart on Twitter, see:
To read more about the Nature for Newcomers program, see:
Updated: Jun 19, 2014