Waterton Lakes National Park

Make a difference in nature at Waterton Lakes National Park by volunteering.

Volunteer projects

Information about volunteer opportunities that directly contribute to conservation, research and science.

Citizen science

Join Parks Canada scientists and everyday people in biological inventories, monitoring, and scientific research.

Volunteer opportunities

Information to find an ongoing volunteer event or one happening soon.

Go behind the scenes, learn something new and make a difference in protecting and presenting the ecological and cultural integrity of this World Heritage Site.

Volunteer opportunities are open to visitors and residents alike. Park entry is free for the days of your volunteer activities. You are responsible for your own travel and accommodations while volunteering in Waterton Lakes National Park.

Be a citizen scientist
Report what you see through iNaturalist or assist with collecting flowering, wildlife and shoreline litter records for future scientific use and long-term monitoring.

Be a habitat hero
Help control non-native invasive species or maintain the salamander byway system and their habitat.

Be a restoration hero
Plant to restore endangered species or disturbed sites. Help collect native plant seed.

Be a steward
Keeping the Canadian side of the Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park World Heritage Site pristine or help at the native plant demonstration garden.

Volunteer opportunities

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iNaturalist - Waterton Lakes National Park

When: Anytime using website or free smartphone app

Busy beaver cleanup crew

When: April through September, self-directed after orientation

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Spring flower count

When: Saturday, May 27, 8:30 a.m. to noon

habitat hero

When: Runs through mid-October. Kickoff: Saturday, May 27, self-directed after orientation

Peace Park native plant garden

When: Orientation and first work bee, late May, then ongoing through September

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Spring bird count

When: Saturday June 3, Sunday June 4

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Eco Ambassadors

When: Training: June 10; 3-hour weekend shifts for July through October 22

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Group volunteer projects

When: Wednesdays July 5 to August 30; seed collection or litter cleanup

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Butterfly BioBlitz

When: Friday, July 21, 11:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (Alternate date, July 28) Registration deadline: Wednesday, July 5

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Wildflower and native grass seed collection

Wednesdays, July 5 to August 30

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Seedy Saturday

When: Saturday, July 22, 8:30 a.m. to noon (alternate: Saturday, July 29)

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Knapweed Rodeo

When: Saturday, August 12, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Registration deadline: Thursday, August 3

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Great Canadian shoreline cleanup

When: Saturday, September 9, 10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

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Burdock control

When: September. Dates TBD

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Tree planting: Limber pine

When: September through October. Dates TBD

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Tree planting: Whitebark pine

When: September through October. Dates TBD

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Christmas Bird Count

Count day: Saturday, December 16. Count week: December 13-15 and 17-19.

Campground Hosts 2024

When: Two or more weeks, May 17 through Sept. 2, 2024
Application deadline: February 21, 2024

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