The County has supported several community organizations and their environmental projects, including:
- Ellis Bird Farm
- Red Deer River Watershed Alliance
- Lacombe Junior High School
- Lacombe Lake Watershed Stewardship Society
- Pheasants Forever
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Ellis Bird Farm
In 2016 the Ellis Bird Farm undertook a major beaver educational project. A beaver education node was built complete with signage demonstrating how beavers and humans can successfully co-exist and how the landscape that the beavers create can also draw in other species, including butterflies and birds. The Ellis Bird Farm team maintained, modified and expanded upon the trees snags and stacked logs in order to create beaver habitat. Bird boxes and bee houses were added to encourage further biodiversity to the location. For human visitors a “touching node” was added for school programs and contemplative seating for visitors to enjoy the landscape further and observe the butterflies, birds and bees that make their home in this space.
Red Deer River Watershed Alliance
The Red Deer River Watershed Alliance utilized the Environmental Improvement Grant to bring X-Stream Science (developed by 3 of the 11 Watershed Planning and Advisory Councils (WPAC’s) to high school student in Alberta. The program provided hands-on, real life, inquiry –based learning opportunities for students within Lacombe County. The objective of the program was to engage high school students in stewardship activities that relate to the quality of water in Lacombe County.
Lacombe Junior High School
Lacombe Junior High School created a community garden with numerous fruit trees, raised beds and picnic tables. The community garden taught students about agriculture, composting and the environment. A school-wide indoor and outdoor composting program was created and several contests and celebrations were held to promote and educate other students and the community about agriculture and gardening.
Lacombe Lake Watershed Stewardship Society
The Lacombe Lake Watershed Stewardship Society utilized the Environmental Improvement Grant to monitor water quality in Lacombe Lake. The group also organized an Aquatic Invasive Plant Workshop in an effort to help protect Lacombe Lake from invasive species.
Pheasants Forever planted over 7000 trees of various species to provide habitat for pheasants to protect the banks along several creeks from erosion and degradation. Community involvement was created during the planting of the seedlings (50 volunteers) which involved dozens of volunteers.