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Nature as a Second Language

We're committed to an inclusion strategy to increase opportunities and to invite full participation of all Albertans in parks. This is one of the priority action items in the Plan for Parks. The Nature as a Second Language initiative aims to increase environmental and recreational literacy among Alberta's newest residents. 

Alberta Parks Publications Available in Multiple Languages

  1. Our 45-page guidebook "Introduction to Alberta's Provincial Parks" includes information such as campfire safety tips and checklists on what to bring camping.
  2. The regulations brochures explains what is and is not permitted in Alberta's provincial parks and recreation areas. 

Guide to Provincial Parks       

Regulations Brochure


Other Resources for Newcomers

There is lots of information for newcomers on this website:

Park Events for Newcomers

Everyone is welcome at all interpretive programs in Alberta's parks. There are also special events in parks.

Check our events listing for activities and events happening near you that are specifically designed to help newcomers experience the outdoors. 

Nature as a Second Language Ambassador Tours

Do you work or volunteer for a settlement services agency? Are you a leader in your community? Join us on
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Calgary. Learn how to help your clients and community members connect with nature and outdoor recreation. We will tailor the topics based on your input.

Tours begin at 8:30 a.m. and end by 5:00 p.m. Space is limited to 10 participants per trip.  Tours are free - just bring your lunch and appropriate clothing.  

For more information or to register, contact

Cultural Access Pass

Alberta Environment & Parks is proud to work with the Institute for Canadian Citizenship. Canadians in their first year of citizenship are able to enjoy admissions and camping benefits at provincial parks through their Cultural Access Pass

Get Involved

We always need volunteers to help host park events with newcomers such as Free Fishing Weekends. To volunteer as a Nature as a Second Language Mentor, contact

There are also other volunteering opportunities in Alberta's parks.

Thanks to our Partners

We work with many partners to help new Canadians participate in Alberta's provincial parks.

Reports on Nature as a Second Language

This research project explored how barriers can be removed for immigrant newcomers.  It also looked at how inclusion strategies can be built that create accessibility for newcomers, especially those in Canada for less than 5 years.

This outreach program in Kananaskis Country aimed to introduce new Canadians to provincial parks and the opportunities available in them.   The developmental program evaulation provided recommendations for program improvement and suggested direction for an inclusion strategy for Parks Division.

Updated: Jul 24, 2017