Waterton Natural History Association

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Waterton Natural History Association

The Waterton Natural History Association is a cooperating association dedicated to "supporting and enhancing the values and purposes of Waterton Lakes National Park through personal service, displays, publications and educational programs." Read More

Their Natural History Education Program offers educational courses and field trips to further understanding and appreciation of the Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park. Participants may choose to enroll in the entire program or in individual courses.

The Waterton Natural History Association promotes understanding and appreciation of the park.

Waterton National Park is where some of the most ancient mountains in the Canadian Rockies abruptly meet the grasslands of the great plains prairie. Located near the narrowest point in the Rocky Mountains, several natural regions meet with dramatic results.

The park contains 45 different habitat types, including grasslands, shrublands, wetlands, lakes, spruce-fir, pine and aspen forests, and alpine areas. This means Waterton National Park has an unusually rich and varied number of plants for its size.

Waterton National Park contains 45 different habitat types.

There are more than 970 vascular plant species, 182 bryophytes and 218 lichen species. Indeed, more than half of Alberta's plant species can be found in Waterton.

More than half of Alberta's plant species can be found in Waterton.

The park's variety of vegetation communities provides homes for many animals, including more than 60 species of mammals, over 250 species of birds, 24 species of fish, and 10 reptiles and amphibians.

Large predators include wolf, coyote, cougar, grizzly bear, and American black bear. The grasslands are important winter range for ungulates such as elk, mule deer, and white-tailed deer. In the fall, the marsh and lake areas of the park are used extensively by migrating ducks, swans, and geese. Some animals found here are considered rare or unusual, like the trumpeter swans, Vaux's swifts, and vagrant shrews.

The grasslands are important winter range for ungulates.

Heritage Center: Located in Waterton Park, it is operated by Waterton Natural History Association. There are exhibits and literature on the history of Waterton Lakes National Park, the town site, and animals and plants found in the park.

Waterton Natural History Association
Box 145, Waterton Park, Alberta,T0K 2M0 Canada
Phone 1-403-859-2624
Heritage Center
117 Waterton Avenue, Waterton Park, Alberta