Fort Saskatchewan Prairie Public Tour
FORT SASKATCHEWAN, ALBERTA, July 20, 2017 – The Naturalist Society is hosting a public tour of the Fort Saskatchewan Prairie Saturday, July 29, 2017 from 2 - 4 p.m. The Prairie’s main entrance is locatedsouth-west of the Red Coat Landing Boat Launch and adjacent to the River’s Edge Wetlands Conservation Area.
Guides will educate visitors about the native plants and animals that thrive there and will help to identify threatened or scarce species. Great Horned Owls, Crocuses, and Tiger Salamanders, along with many other species once common to this region still call this area home and can be observed by visitors.
The Fort Saskatchewan Prairie, one of the last remaining prairie remnants in the Capital Region, is located on the western edge of the city bordering the North Saskatchewan River. The City of Fort Saskatchewan acquired this 13-hectare parcel of land to protect its natural heritage so that the community can continue to enjoy and study its diverse plants and animals. This area has only experienced minimal human development and remains as a thriving natural ecosystem.
Seeds from many of the plants located at this site have been collected by the University of Alberta Herbarium and have been utilized in the restoration of other natural areas.
The tour will be cancelled in the event of a storm or heavy rain.
The city of Fort Saskatchewan is a vibrant economic and cultural hub located just 15 minutes northeast of Edmonton on the banks of the North Saskatchewan River. Home to more than 25,500 people, the City proudly manages state of the art recreation, culture and historic amenities including 75 km of outdoor trails, a performing arts theatre and fitness centre within the Dow Centennial Centre and the 1875 – 1885 NWMP Fort Representation in historic downtown.