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Information for Parents

How exciting! Your child is coming to the Ann & Sandy Cross Conservation Area (ASCCA) for an Education Program!  We need your help to make this a fun, educational and safe time for your child.

The Ann & Sandy Cross Conservation Area (ASCCA) is a 4800 acre day use natural area.  It is located southwest of Calgary on 160 St SW off Highway 22X. The ASCCA covers a mix of aspen forest and grassland habitats.  Over 400 plant species and an abundance of insects, birds and mammals call this place home.  The ASCCA has offered conservation education programs for adults, families and children since 1993.

For information on what your child needs to bring and what to expect,

please see the Parent/Guardian Information Sheet.

If you are joining the school trip as a volunteer, please see the Adult Helper Information Sheet to learn what you can expect when you arrive.

Safety is a top priority for our organization and all of our programs.  Conservation Discovery programs are led by Conservation Educators, either an ASCCA staff member or volunteer educator.  We have the following measures in place to ensure a safe program for you and the students:

  • All Conservation Educators are trained in first aid
  • Conservation Educators carry a radio and first aid kit
  • Students and parents are given an on-site orientation to the Area and emergency procedures on the day of the program
  • Teachers are given program and safety information and an Area orientation at the teacher inservice, held prior to the day of the program
  • Checking that all participants are prepared for the weather
  • Staying together as a big group
  • Attention to weather conditions and adjusting programs accordingly

Remember that safety is a shared responsibility between you, your child’s teacher, and ASCCA staff and volunteers. If you have any questions or concerns, please give us a call at (403) 931-2042.

Take Action!

During the program, your child will learn about various conservation issues and may show an interest in taking action. Check out our take action! pages for ideas and conservation information. 

area wildlife + plants

Pale Swallowtail
Papilio eurymedon

Habitat: You are most likely able to see this Swallowtail in May or June.  It is a species that is rare in Alberta and can only be found in the extreme southwest. Predominately a forest butterfly, it prefers dry, open forests.

Description: A black and white butterfly, its wings are covered with thick black stripes with a small tail protruding off each hind wing.


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