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See you at the Mayor's Expo!
Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Please join us June 3-5 from 9am - 3pm at the Mayor's Environmental Expo to learn more about the native species we have at the Cross Conservation Area!

We will be one of many booths showcasing environmental projects taking place in the Calgary area so come by, say hello and test out your native species knowledge! 




Thursday, February 20, 2014


Are you a Student Looking for the BEST Summer Job? You're in Luck because the ASCCA is Hiring! 

Do you have a passion for nature and want to share it with youth in your community?  Or love working with your hands spending sunny summer days outdoors?  Perhaps you want to escape the city and work in an office with views of the mountains and rolling foothills... 

Make your dreams a reality and work at the ASCCA as a summer student!  This summer the ASCCA is hiring 3 students to fill the positions of an Environmental Archivist, Education Assistant and a Habitat Management Assistant.  Please see the jobs tab for job descriptions and more details. 


Please Note the Following Announcements:
Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Notice: Hike by Donation

The Ann & Sandy Cross Conservation Area has now waved the $2 hiker fee, but still gratefully accepts donations at the kiosk at the parking lot.  Come out and enjoy the changing fall colours and experience a new perspective of the foothills while the season continues to change. 

Notice: Fire Hazard - Extreme

Please note that at this time of year the fire hazard has been deemed as extreme.  Please remember that fires and smoking are not permitted on the conservation area.  Hike at your own risk.

Notice: Cougars Active in the Area

On October 2, 2013 there was another Cougar sighting just north of the parking lot at the ASCCA.  A mother and her two cubs have been spotted twice now in the same area, so keep an eye out for them when signing in at the Kiosk.  We suggest that you do not hike alone, and make yourselves known while traveling throughout the area.  Please remember that Cougars are always present on the ASCCA, but a few people have been lucky enough to spot them recently.

Day Camp Registration is OPEN!
Friday, March 15, 2013

If you have a child who loves nature, animals, bugs or fun this is the place to be! Check out the week offerings on the Day Camp page. We hope to see you this summer!

Signs of a Cougar
Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Fresh cougar tracks have been reported on the Aspen and Pine Creek trails at the ASCCA. Please use caution and make your presence known on the trails. See the reverse side of our trail  map for tips on What to Do If You See Wildlife.

Ann Cross Obituary
Wednesday, January 23, 2013

October 9, 1920 - January 20, 2013

Our mother, Veronica Ann Abbott Cross, passed away Sunday, January 20, 2013 at Sarcee Hospice, Calgary. Mom lived a very full 92 years.

With her first husband, Brian Martin Abbott, Mom had a family of five children: Michelle, Maureen, Patrick (Pamela), Martin (Jane), Marshall (Paula). Upon Dad's untimely death at age 41, our exceptional mother raised her five children with humour and determination. Our Elbow Park home was full of friends and neighbours looking for a warm cinnamon bun or an opportunity to join in the shenanigans.

In 1974, Mom married Alexander Rothney "Sandy" Cross. They created a life together in the Foothills of the Rockies and traveled the world.

Before Sandy's death in 2003, their donation of 5000 acres of rolling Foothills land to the people of Alberta established the Ann and Sandy Cross Conservation Area. It was the largest private land donation in Canada at the time and continues as a welcoming nature preserve that has, to date, hosted 100,000 school children in enriching educational programmes.

Our mother enjoyed a family that has grown to thirteen grandchildren and one great-grandchild, all with a passion for learning and adventure.

Rest in peace, Mom.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Ann and Sandy Cross Conservation Area www.crossconservation.org.

area wildlife + plants

Meadow Vole
Microtus pennsylvanicus
Brown to blackish body with a grey belly, short round ears and a short tail.
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