EALT Natural Areas as an Outdoor Classroom

Every year, students have the chance to engage with EALT in meaningful ways. Whether as summer interns, or through class field trips and projects, students can gain an inside look into wildlife and habitat conservation in the Edmonton region.

 King's University students at Larch Sanctuary

King's University students at Larch Sanctuary

For the fourth consecutive year, EALT's Project Coordinator and King's alumna Rebecca Ellis led second year Environmental Studies students from the King's University on a tour of Larch Sanctuary in Edmonton. Located at the confluence of Whitemud and Blackmud creeks, this natural area within the city is an important place for wildlife and the perfect backdrop for discussions about the role of land trusts in habitat conservation.

 University of Alberta students cleaning a nest box at Pipestone Creek

University of Alberta students cleaning a nest box at Pipestone Creek

In partnership with the University of Alberta's Augustana campus and Community Service Learning, two students from the campus in Camrose have been assisting EALT staff in annual monitoring and maintenance at our Pipestone Creek property. The students worked with staff to remove black knot, a fungus that affects members of the Prunus genus, such as pin cherry and choke cherry. They also cleaned and monitored the 33 nest boxes located at this site, and will help EALT in working with this data to determine how well the nest boxes at Pipestone Creek are being used, and by what species.

EALT is happy to be able play a role in teaching these future environmental leaders.