Stewardship and Habitat Preservation

The Red Deer River Naturalists participate as stewards in the Government of Alberta’s Stewardship Program. A number of areas located on crown land in the province have been identified as significant and worthy of protection. They vary greatly in size. Individuals and organizations are invited to act as stewards for these areas. RDRN has accepted responsibility for three.

Butcher Creek Natural Area

Innisfail Natural Area

Sylvan Lake Natural Area

Rows of trees to the west of the parking lot. Copyright 2008 W. Heinsen.
stewardship ina innisfail natural area
One of the meadow areas in the Innisfail Natural Area. Copyright 2008 W. Heinsen.
sylvan lake na into photo
Entrance to the Sylvan Lake Natural Area from RR24. Copyright 2008 W. Heinsen.


N 53.3209031622

W 114.535178437

Drive southwest of Dickson Dam or west of Bowden to the intersection of Township Road 350 and Range Road 35. The entrance to the natural area is about 100 metres west of the intersection on the north side of the road.


N52 – 01 – 36.42

W114 – 46 – 15.07

From Innisfail: east on Highway 590. The natural area is on the NW corner of the intersection with Range Road 272. There is a small pull-off on Highway 590 about 100 metres west of RR 272.

From Red Deer: south on 30th Ave to Highway 590. There is a small pull-off on Highway 590 about 100 metres west of RR 272.


N52 – 23 – 36.94

W114 – 14 – 29.83

Northwest corner of Sylvan Lake. From Rainy Creek Road, go south on Range Road 24 to the end of the road. The natural area is on the east side. Do not enter the private property.

For information about and how to join the Alberta Government Natural Areas Stewardship Program:

  • go to their website by Clicking here, or
  • phone 866-427-3582, or
  • by mail at Volunteer Steward Coordinator, 2nd Floor, Oxbridge place, 9820 106 St NW, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, T5K 2J6.