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Push to Open Nature

One of the priority actions in the Plan for Parks is an inclusion strategy. The goal is to increase opportunities and invite the full participation of all Albertans in parks.  

The Push to Open Nature Initiative aims to increase environmental and recreational literacy among people of all abilities. Many Albertans face some sort of barrier to active living. Every Albertan will be affected by disability in their life due to injury, aging or as a caregiver to a loved one. 

The Push to Open Nature Initiative builds on

Removing Barriers - Accessibility in Parks

Nature has no building codes. We must work to ensure that people of all abilities can participate in nature-based experiences and outdoor recreation. We are trying to remove barriers in new and existing facilities, as well as in programs and daily operations.  

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Report a barrier or idea

We'd also love to hear about exceptional places or people in Alberta's parks that provide truly inclusive experiences. Please send your stories and photos to

Park Events for Everyone - Adaptive Nature Challenges

To provide access without impacting wilderness, we develop and support programs that modify the user, not the environment. Adaptive nature challenges require

Adaptive nature challenges prove that teamwork, determination and creativity can break down barriers, smooth out mountains and build communities.

Check our Events listing for upcoming adaptive nature and inclusion programs.

Check out our past adaptive challenges in Push To Open videos and Adaptive Challenge 2008 booklet.

Get Involved

Get involved and help push open nature in Alberta's provincial parks.

More Information about Push to Open Nature Initiative

Thanks to our Partners

Thank you to the hundreds of volunteers and dozens of leaders who have helped so far. A huge thanks also to our many valued partners.  

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