Past News and Events

  • 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?

  • Event Date: Wednesday, March 1, 2017
    Location: Camrose County

    Camrose County Council Chambers. Learn about maintaining your septic system. Register with Camrose County 780-678-3070.

  • Event Date: Saturday, February 18, 2017
    Location: Across Alberta

    No permit required "Catch a Memory” - more details are provided at

  • Event Date: Thursday, October 27, 2016
    Location: Homeglen Community Hall

    Come hear about the importance of proper winter feeding site selection, including impacts to surface and groundwater quality, as well as soil health and quality. An update on the Growing Forward 2 program will also be provided.

    Guest speakers include Sharon Reedyk (Agriculture and Agrifood Canada), Chris Ullmann and Mike Hittinger (Alberta Agriculture and Forestry).

    Check out the poster here for all the details.

    Please register by contacting the Grey Wooded Forage Association at 403-844-2645 or

  • Event Date: Saturday, August 20, 2016
    Location: Miquelon Lake Provincial Park

    Join us to celebrate our favorite watershed! 

    The annual Battle River Watershed Festival is always a fun day full of activities, crafts, and food (including Saskatoon pie!).  Come for a short visit or stay the day, there is lots to do and see.

    Battle River Watershed Festival
    Saturday August 20th, 2016
    Miqeulon Lake Provincial Park 

    This year we have a pollinator theme so you will have a chance to see and learn about these important little insects, and even build them a condo! 



  • Event Date: Saturday, July 23, 2016
    Location: Camrose Farmers Market, Duggan Mall in Camrose

    For more details visit

  • Event Date: Saturday, July 23, 2016
    Location: Camrose and Ponoka, Alberta

    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:

    Ponoka Pie ContestFriday August 18th, 2017. 
    Ponoka Day-in-the-Park event, Ponoka Centennial Park. 

    Ponoka Schedule:

    4:30pm - 5:00pm: Pie Drop off
    5:00pm-5:45pm: Pie Judging by our volunteer judges for the 2017 Alberta's Best Saskatoon Pie Award 
    5:45pm-6:30pm: Pie Judging by the public for the 2017 Alberta's Best Saskatoon Pie People's Choice Award
    6:30pm:              Announcement of both Saskatoon Pie Awards! 


    Viking Pie Contest: Thursday July 27th, 2017
    Viking Farmers Market at the Community Hall.

    Viking Schedule:

    2pm - 2:30pm: Pie Drop off
    2:30pm-3:00pm: Pie Judging by our volunteer judges for the 2017 Alberta's Best Saskatoon Pie Award 
    3:00pm-3:30pm: Pie Judging by the public for the 2017 Alberta's Best Saskatoon Pie People's Choice Award
    3:30pm-4:00pm: Announcement of both Saskatoon Pie Awards!  

    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 or Instagram page. 

  • Event Date: Wednesday, July 20, 2016
    Location: Ponoka Arena

    Ponoka Saskatoon Pie Baking Contest Poster

    More details are available at


Rolling Down the River EventWolf Creek WMP Meeting