The Boreal Centre for Bird Conservation is more than just a beautiful building, it is a vibrant year-round education, research and tourism centre for Lesser Slave Lake Provincial Park and the residents of the Slave Lake region.

Since the centre opened in 2006, staff from the Lesser Slave Lake Bird Observatory Society, Alberta Parks and our amazing program partners have worked tirelessly to establish well recognized, high quality education and outreach programs that are enjoyed by our community and beyond. Each year, thousands of people take part in our special events, community outreach programs and school field trips  to learn more about the boreal forest and the birds who depend on it.  And did you know that half of these people are visiting us in the winter as demand for new winter outdoor programs keeps growing?

CURRENT SITUATION

Due to recent budget cuts, Alberta Parks has notified the LSLBO that they will be closing the Boreal Centre for Bird Conservation facility to the public during the winter as a cost cutting measure. The centre will be closed for public access at the end of September, and reopen again in April.  Education and community outreach programs will not be available at the Boreal Centre facility this winter including:

  • Special events for families such as Halloween at the BOOreal Centre, Winter Fun Day, and  Frost Fest Events
  • Curriculum-based Education Programs during a time when COVID will actually be increasing demand for our programs by families/teachers seeking support for online learning and safe outdoor learning experiences.
  • Winter program opportunities for local community organizations
  • Easy access to Cross-County Ski and Snowshoe equipment during drop-in visits by local residents.

The LSLBO is extremely proud of the programs and services that we deliver for our local community, regional schools, academic researchers, and our many stakeholders.  But more importantly, we are proud of the connections that we have made with so many of our local families, teachers and students!  They love the centre and the boreal forest!  All of the partners have worked hard to build these wonderful programs at the Boreal Centre and we don’t want to loose our momentum now.

So we need your help to keep our winter programs for them and for you!

WHAT CAN YOU DO TO HELP?

Time is of the essence. We encourage you to contact our government officials and express your support for the year-round education and community programs that happen at the Boreal Centre for Bird Conservation.  Our winter Programs, special events and winter recreation opportunities are important for our community especially for local families, teachers and students.  They need to hear from you!

Minister of Environment and Parks,  Jason Nixon
Phone: 780 427-2391
Fax: 780 422-6259
E-mail: aep.minister@gov.ab.ca

Lesser Slave Lake MLA,  Pat Rehn
Phone: 825 219-1000
Fax: 780 849-4132
E-mail: lesser.slavelake@assembly.ab.ca

Alberta Parks Northwest Regional Director, Calvin McLeod
Phone: 780 538-8010
Fax: 780 538-5617
E-mail: calvin.mcleod@gov.ab.ca

You can also contact me at info@lslbo.org  or call 780-849-8235 to find out more about how you can do to help support our winter programs.  Thank You!

Patti Campsall
Executive Director
Lesser Slave Lake Bird Observatory