Past News and Events

  • Event Date: Saturday, November 4, 2017
    Location: Wahkohtowin Lodge, UofA Augustana, Camrose.

    Now is your chance to be part of a round dance! Learn about why we dance, and get moving. Stay for some drinks and bannock! 

    The Wahkohtowin Lodge is downstairs from the forum at UofA Augustana in Camrose. You can also meet at the Faith and Life Chapel before 4pm to join the group down to the lodge. 

    This is part of the BRWA's "Hike, Bike, Paddle, and Dance" 2017 series. The dance is alligned with the conclusion of the Spirt of the Land Conference ( You do not have to be part of the conference to join the dance.

  • Event Date: Tuesday, August 22, 2017
    Location: Riverdale Mini-Park, M.D. of Wainwright

    Join us on the banks of the Battle River to learn about:

    • the health of the Battle River
    • measuring the health of riparian areas
    • riparian and aquatic plant ID
    • riparian management, including fencing, watering and grazing options
    • mechanical and biological control of invasive weeds
    This field day is being held in support of the Buffalo Trail Riparian Restoration Program.
    See the poster below for more details! (or click here for the PDF)
  • Event Date: Friday, August 18, 2017
    Location: Lion's Centennial Park, Ponoka

    This summer, our annual watershed festival heads east to Ponoka! 

    Join the BRWA and the Town of Ponoka for a fun day for the whole family.  

    Activities start at 2pm and are ongoing until the sun goes down. The day is completed with a movie in the park, and fireworks!

    We will also be hosting our Annual Saskatoon Pie Baking contest


  • Event Date: Wednesday, August 9, 2017
    Location: County of Vermilion River

    Join the County of Vermilion River on a tour of agricultural stewardship projects in the county, including tree planting, native seeding, riparian fencing, and wetland enhancements on both livestock and crop operations.

    8:30am-4:00pm, meeting at Lakeland College, Vermilion (parking lot B & C, north)

    Registration 8:3oam

    Bus Leaves 9:00am

    Lunch and refreshments included!

    See the poster for more details.

  • Event Date: Thursday, July 27, 2017
    Location: Viking and Ponoka

    Nothing speaks of the joys of summer better than a homemade Saskatoon pie! Our annual pie baking competition is open to all bakers of every skill level. We invite you to roll up your sleeves, pull out the flour, and show off your creativity in the kitchen. If you aren't a baker, come out and be a judge in the People's Choice vote and experience the deliciousness of one of our finest native berries. 

    2017 Contest Details:

    Viking Pie Contest: Thursday July 27th, 2017. 
    Viking Farmers Market
    Click these links for an event poster and rules and guidelines page.

    Agenda for Viking Contest
    9am - 11am: Pie Drop off
    11am-12pm: Pie Judging by our volunteer judges for the 2016 Alberta's Best Saskatoon Pie Award 
    12pm-12:45pm: Pie Judging by the public for the 2016 Alberta's Best Saskatoon Pie People's Choice Award
    12:45pm-1:00pm: Announcement of both Saskatoon Pie Awards!  

    Ponoka Pie Contest: Friday August  18th, 2017 
    Ponoka Day in the Park Event, Lions Centenial Park
    Click these links for an event poster and rules and guidelines page

    Other details:

    • Contact the BRWA to enter as a pie baker.
    • Every pie baker receives a gift.
    • A refrigerator will not be available 
    • No previous pie baking experience necessary!


    • Pies must be homemade (including crust!)
    • Pie filling must be at least 80% Saskatoons
    • One pie submission per person

    Contest Judges will be scoring the pies based on:

    • Flavour (/25 points)
    • Filling (/25 points)
    • Crust (/25 points)
    • Overall appearance (/15 points)
    • Creativity (/10 points)
      For an overall maximum score of 100 points. 

    The People 's Choice Award will be marked by the public who are welcome to taste as many pies as they like before voting for one (no score sheet will be used).  

    To enter the contest, please call 1-888-672-0276 or email
    Stay up-to-date by checking out the Saskatoon Pie Contest event on our Facebook page. 

  • Event Date: Saturday, May 13, 2017
    Location: Alberta-Reynolds Museum, Wetaskiwin

    Open to the public, watch the 10 finalists in this year’s competition present their ideas on what they can do to help improve their watershed.

  • Event Date: Saturday, May 13, 2017
    Location: Reynolds-Alberta Museum, Wetaskiwin AB

    Every year, students in grades 7-12 from across Alberta are asked to write a 1000 word proposal on what they would do to help improve their watershed. In 2017, we recevied 143 proposals from 251 students representing 17 schools.  Of those proposals the judges choose 11 groups whos ideas were most clearly defined and if implemented, would have the greatest beneficial impacts on their watershed. Those 11 groups are now invited to participate in the final competition. 

    The Final Competition will be held on:
    Saturday May 13th, 2017
    Reynolds-Alberta Museum
    Wetaskiwin, AB

    Students will be sharing their ideas to improve their watershed in a 5 minute verbal presentation.  Familiy and community members are welcomed.

    2017 CFW Finalists

     Are you one of the finalists? RSVP with our registration form here!
    Also, please remember to bring this signed waiver

    Student or Parent and need more details? Please see the final competition invitation here

    Watch this video to see clips of the 2013 CFW Finals!


    Learn more about the CFW contest at: 

  • Event Date: Wednesday, March 15, 2017
    Location: Webinar

    Beavers in our Landscape Webinar

    Wednesday, March 15, 1:00-2:30 PM

    You are invited to join Cows and Fish staff for this webinar from the comfort of your home or office to learn more about a Canadian icon, the beaver! Topics covered will include a short history of beavers in our landscape and beaver biology/ecology, the benefits of beaver, their role in watershed function and health and the use of beavers as a restoration tool. Case studies from across North America will provide some real-life and current examples of beaver management and the use of beavers as a restoration tool.

    Link to register:

    Check out the event poster for more details - CLICK HERE!

  • Event Date: Tuesday, March 14, 2017
    Location: Millet, AB

    Contact Heather Dickau for workshop details or to register: call 780-352-3321 or email:

  • Event Date: Saturday, March 11, 2017
    Location: Camrose Stoney Creek Centre

    In March of 2017, 10 watershed community members came together to map out their special places in the Battle River watershed.

    Posed with the questions- “what places in the region are important to you, and what values make them special?” the map makers set out to create the beautiful and personal maps (see images below).


    Mapping our home places, often called bioregional mapping, has been a powerful tool used by communities to identify and protect community assets. Conventional mapping has often been used by colonial explorers or exploitive industries to conquer or deplete areas. Bioregional mapping puts the power back into the hands of the people who live there.  Bioregional maps build a place up, building stronger connections between people and their place, and to each other.

    The participant’s maps told the BRWA two main things: what places were important to these people (Word Cloud 1), and what values formed that sense of connection (Word Cloud 2).  Although many of the places would be different for everyone in the watershed, understanding the values which made them important are likely more universal. According to these maps, there are 5 major themes to personal place connection, which represent 31 specific values.

    The workshops were part of a research project lead by Nathalie S Olson, BRWA staff member, for her MA in Environmental Education and Communication degree. Her completed thesis will be available on the BRWA website by searching “Make your Map”.  You can contact the BRWA if you are interested in hosting a mapping project in your community.


    What do you love about living in your watershed? These 31 personal values (grouped into 5 themes) show why some community members love this region. Look at one of the values- does a place come to mind for you?  

    Think of a place that you love- can you find the reasons you feel connected to it in this list of values?


Rolling Down the River EventWolf Creek WMP Meeting