A chance to discover backcountry skills, eat delicious food, enjoy hands-on activities and learn to be a steward of the land is being offered this Saturday by a consortium of outdoors organizations.
The third in a series of free Recreational Stewardship Fairs is being held on Sept. 24 from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Waiparous Creek Campground day-use area, northwest of Cochrane on Hwy. 40.
Marina Krainer, executive director of the Ghost Watershed Alliance Society (GWAS), says it's a drop-in event of value to both motorized and non-motorized users.
"It is a family-friendly event with a lot of interactive activities and tours to learn how to be a steward of the land while recreating in Alberta's Eastern Slopes. So, this is not specific to the Ghost but offers skillsets you can apply to the entire Eastern Slopes when you're out enjoying yourself.
"We're really happy to say that we have a good representation of motorized recreational user groups, such as the Calgary ATV Riders, Rocky Mountain Dirt Riders, and the Calgary Jeep Club, to make sure we have a wide variety of offerings and information to share.
"The mountain bike club from Calgary will be joining us, and we'll have information on fish habitat, and on how to keep the watershed in good shape, so a really nice cross-section."
It's being spearheaded by Cows and Fish in partnership with Alberta Environment and Parks, Trout Unlimited Canada, Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society, Elbow River Watershed Partnership, Trails4Tomorrow, Alberta Off-highway Vehicles Association, Calgary Jeep Association, Clearwater County, Ghost Watershed Alliance Society, and the Oldman Watershed Council.
In August, the first two fairs were held in Nordegg and the Crownest Pass. The fair was first held last year and is larger in its second year. Krainer says they hope to do more in the future.
"We're hoping for a great turnout this year to connect with as many of as many recreational users as possible."
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