Supporting nature appreciation in Lethbridge, Alberta

Our Mission:

Nature appreciation.

Friends of the Helen Schuler Nature Centre Society supports Lethbridge's Nature Centre to foster a community of environmentally responsible citizens through interactive nature-based experiences.

We want to further position the Helen Schuler Nature Centre as a world-class facility that connects visitors and residents to the many benefits of the great outdoors.  We will facilitate interactive experiences and memorable moments by supporting the Nature Centre's growth in our community through:

  • Environmental education programs and special projects;

  • Enhancement of the resources of the Helen Schuler Nature Centre;

  • Fostering the importance of nature!

Our Strategies:

We are: actively seeking grant opportunities for current projects and initiatives of the Helen Schuler Nature Centre; hosting nature-based education in Lethbridge; and working with Nature Centre staff to bolster community support.

Creating Change:

We have raised funds for the Nature Centre's diverse exhibit programs, conservation projects, and special events. We are now fundraising for improvements to the outdoor learning classroom and amphitheatre - join us to be a part of something great!


In support of:


Together with Nature!
Our community values and cares for our local environment.


To support and inspire closer relationships between people and the natural world around us. Our team of volunteers, staff and partners work together to foster environmental awareness and leadership.


  • Learning from nature

  • Memorable outdoor experiences

  • Accessibility

  • Creative, quality programs

  • Balance and conservation


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"Thank you so much for a fantastic day yesterday! I have been bragging all over the school about what an incredible program that was! Thank you for keeping it affordable and so relevant and engaging! My class loved it! "

— Cali, Lethbridge, AB


Our Impact

We exist to provide support to the Helen Schuler Nature Centre! We provide opportunities to build a community rooted in nature appreciation through education programs, fundraising initiatives, grant writing, and advocacy.



Active Members

Our membership is an important indicator of the support from the community and those that passionately agree with our mission and mandate. Show your support by becoming a member for only $10.



Program Attendees

Since 2014 the Friends of Society has delivered 68 programs to the community, including Snake Safety Talks, Travel Adventures, and Wildlife of the Oldman River Valley documentary screenings.





Charitable Status Achieved

On August 22, 2017 the Friends of Helen Schuler Nature Centre Society was registered as a charity with Canada Revenue Agency. Help us grow by making a charitable donation today.



Gain access to our field trips, newsletter, and voting privileges at our General Meetings. Membership fees are an important part of our annual revenue - allowing us to cover insurance costs and pay speaker fees.  Your membership helps to sustain our society.

Show your support of our mandate and mission by purchasing a membership for $10 per year ($5 per year for students). Membership payments are processed through PayPal and are valid for the calendar year purchased.

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Our Programs

We are committed to delivering programs to the Southern Alberta community that bolsters nature appreciation and support of the Helen Schuler Nature Centre. Our purpose is to increase nature appreciation, improve our Nature Centre, while supporting and fostering our local environment!


Snake Safety Talks

Offered to the community in an effort to increase awareness of the local snake population; providing practical advice on how to minimize confrontations with rattlesnake while answering questions people may have about snakes. 

Conservation Projects

Since 2012 the Friends of the Helen Schuler Nature Centre Society have encouraged participation in the annual Coulee Clean-Up program and have stewarded an area near Popson Park and Cottonwood Park in West Lethbridge.

Travel Adventures

A presentation of local world travelers sharing their adventures with photographs that will help you discover the plants, animals, and people of places you’ve always dreamed of exploring! Offered quarterly, be sure to stay tuned for the next adventure.

Outdoor Learning Classroom Amphitheatre Project

The Outdoor Amphitheatre is a central part of all Nature Centre programs. It is an excellent spot to bring together groups of people to learn and connect with the local environment. Help us raise funds for this project to improve the Amphitheatre!


Thank you to our donors & supporters

It takes a community to build and maintain an amazing interpretive centre that supports over 53,000 visitors every year. These amazing organizations make our work possible in addition to the many private donors who financially encourage our work.

Follow their lead and help us change the world!


TD Friends of the Environment Foundation

Supporting the Outdoor Learning Classroom & Amphitheatre at the Helen Schuler Nature Centre. This donation will support major capital enhancements of the Nature Centre - updating this important space for the next generation. Thank you for your support!

Alberta Eco Trust Foundation

Supporting conservation projects for positive action in protecting Lethbridge’s natural landscape through education and focused volunteer efforts that will remove garbage from coulees and shorelines, remove invasive species, and raise awareness of the need to clean up after pets in natural areas.

Oldman River Chapter of Trout Unlimited Canada

Supporting programs like Extreme by Nature, Story Walk, and Mystery Walk (coming soon!), in addition to capital support of the new Outdoor Learning Classroom & Amphitheatre. Thank you for being an active supporter!


Rotary Club of Lethbridge East

Supporting youth environmental education program “Extreme by Nature,” this contribution helped us to deliver the “Inspired by Nature - Youth Art Exhibition” with 45 participating youth artists! Rotary has been a fantastic supporter of the Nature Centre’s role in the community - connecting visitors and residents to the great outdoors.

City of Lethbridge

Through the annual Community Capital Project Grant (CCPG) the City of Lethbridge provided matching funding to support capital enhancement of the Outdoor Learning Classroom and Amphitheatre at the Helen Schuler Nature Centre - updating this important space for the next generation.

TD Canada Trust

Supporting youth environmental education program "Extreme by Nature" at the Helen Schuler Nature Centre. This donation helped to provide this program at no charge, benefiting our community through monthly programs that help Lethbridge youth to discover the possibilities of environmental sciences and pursuits.


Farm Credit Canada

Supporting the Nature Centre volunteer program, Farm Credit Canada’s contribution will help ensure volunteers are well equipped to connect visitors to Lethbridge’s river valley! FCC is a fantastic supporter of our Nature Centre. Thank you FCC for supporting our volunteers.

Alberta Environment and Parks

We are proud to lead advocacy efforts to recognize the role of municipally funded nature-based interpretive centres resulting in significant funding from the Climate Leadership Plan! This will benefit all nature centres across Alberta.


Serving Communities Internship Program (SCIP)

With the support of Volunteer Alberta, we are proud to provide student internship opportunities that assist with our programs and special events. Click here to see current student SCIP opportunities.


Public Service Alliance of Canada - Alberta Members Agriculture Union 

Members provided a generous donation from the proceeds of their annual silent auction charity fundraiser in support of the Outdoor Learning Classroom & Amphitheatre project at the Nature Centre. Thanks to all PSAC Agriculture Union Members across Alberta!

ParticipACTION - Community Better Challenge

We are proud to receive support from ParticipACTION for Nature Play Day - a free community event designed to get everyone outside and moving! With this support we are hoping to position Lethbridge as Canada’s most active community!!

Community Foundation of Lethbridge and Southwestern Alberta

We gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the Community Foundation of Lethbridge and Southwestern Alberta, a public foundation serving the community of Southwestern Alberta. Their financial encouragement will help us realize a new Outdoor Learning Classroom & Amphitheatre at the Nature Centre!


Co-Op Community Spaces

We are a proud recipient of the Co-Op Community Spaces 2019 grant towards a new Outdoor Learning Classroom & Amphitheatre at the Nature Centre! Thank you to all Co-Op members for their generous support!!

Techsoup Canada

We are fortunate to benefit from the great recipes of Techsoup Canada - they help to keep us powered by donations of industry-leading software - from QuickBooks to Microsoft Office! Thank you for helping us access these programs at a reasonable rate.

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Alberta Real Estate Foundation

We are fortunate to receive funding from the Alberta Real Estate Foundation towards the Outdoor Classroom project at the Nature Centre! This funding will help us ensure the space is fully accessible and provide an amazing view for visitors and residents of Lethbridge.


Lethbridge Auto Dealers Association

We are fortunate to receive support from L.A.D.A. towards the Outdoor Classroom project! Thank you to all member dealerships for supporting outdoor learning in Lethbridge!!

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Carol Leriger

We are the proud recipient of a major personal donation from Carol Leriger! Her support of a new Outdoor Classroom will have a positive impact for many years to come for our community. Thank you Carol!

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ATB Cares

Did you know? Online contributions made through ATB Cares can add 15% to your donation! Thanks to ATB’s support, our donor dollars add up even quicker! Make your donation today.