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Day Camp & Leadership Camp Registration now open!
Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Nature Safari Day camp or Leadership camp REGISTRATION OPEN! Age 6-15, Cost $140-175 Subsidies available.

Or email Laura for more information: lgriffin@crossconservation.org

We look forward to seeing you this summer.


Winter Newsletter
Monday, March 11, 2019

Read our 2019 winter newsletter! Click the link below to download.

Dark Sky Country
Thursday, October 5, 2017

From The Municipal District of Foothills No. 31.

"Along with the Rothney Astrophysical Observatory and the Ann & Sandy Cross Conservation Area, the MD Dark Sky Committee would like to create awareness about Dark Skies in a friendly manner and lead people to more information.

The ASCCA is a nocturnal preserve for local wildlife that faces the threat of light pollution, and the Rothney Observatory depends on dark skies to accurately measure astral phenomena.

We hope you'll be inspired to participate in reducing light pollution, which will also help with the overall health of our own connected neighboring landscapes and allow us to continue to view the stars from our own back yards, which is part of the enjoyment of country living! When more people are made aware through this Dark Sky Country initiative, we can take action together to preserve our night skies. Looks for new signs in Div. 4, MD Foothills"

Feel free to browse through the links below:

International Dark Sky Association

·     http://www.darksky.org/resources/public-outreach-materials/

·     http://www.darksky.org/light-pollution/

Rothney Astrophysical Observatory

·     https://www.ucalgary.ca/rao/

Dark Sky Finder (a map showing light levels at night around the world)

·     http://darksitefinder.com/maps/world.html

Watch the ASCCA's webinar with the Saskatchewan Prairie Conservation Action Plan Engaging Communities in Nocturnal Conservation: Why Nocturnal Preserves are needed.

Download a PDF of the MD Foothills current Dark Sky Bylaw and Strathcona County's Dark Sky Community Handbook (links below)


Volunteer Recruitment and Training for Spring 2017
Sunday, June 26, 2016

Interested in volunteering with the Ann & Sandy Cross Conservation Area?

ASCCA has hired a new volunteer coordinator, who will be organizing new volunteer recruitment and training sessions in Spring 2017.

Please check our website for updates and feel free to contact our coordinator Anna Aldridge at info@crossconservation.org or (403) 931-1042 with any questions. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer next year, we recommend you join our email list.




Nature Safari Daycamp Registration now open!
Friday, February 6, 2015

Please check out what weeks work best for your child's awesome summer experience.

Or email Laura for more information: lgriffin@crossconservation.org

We look forward to seeing you this summer.

Check out our Winter Newsletter!
Thursday, December 11, 2014

Hello Everyone!  Please find our Winter Newsletter attached to this page to get to know the ASCCA a little bit better!  If you have any questions, comments, or would like a hard copy please contact us at info@crossconservation.org or call Jen at 403-931-1042



As a result of growing concern about a need to protect the environmental sensitivity of the area along Pine Creek Trail the Staff at the ASCCA have decided to CLOSE PINE CREEK TRAIL until further notice.

A new, less intrusive trail has been opened in it's place. This trail will be known as the Paradise Trail and the grass has been cut on the new trail to help hikers identify it.  This trail is shorter than Pine Creek Trail was, however it encompasses much of the upper portion of the old Pine Creek Trail and displays many of the same spectacular views.

We are sorry for any inconvenience but have to support our first guiding principle to protect habitat and provide space for native species of wildlife through the careful management of the Ann & Sandy Cross Conservation Area's natural resources.

New maps is available via the PDF below and if you would like the .gpx file to load into your gps device please contact us.  
If you have any questions, comments or concerns please feel free to contact us at 403-931-1042 or at info@crossconservation.org.

area wildlife + plants

Acmon Blue
Plebejus acmon

Habitat:  These butterflies love to lounge by mud puddles

Description:  The Acmon Blue is very similar in appearance to the Melissa Blue.  Both species have dull undersides with an orange band and bright blue inner wings.  However the Acmon blue is typically smaller in size and also has orange band across the inside of its hind wing.

Size:  20-25mm

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