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It is very important for the organizers of the Waterton Festivals to have the most knowledgeable specialists available for the many festival sessions.

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June 14th – June 19th, 2018

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Alan Dyer is an author of several books, and associate editor of SkyNews, Canada’s magazine of stargazing, and a contributing editor to Sky & Telescope magazine. His photos and videos have appeared on, National Geographic, CBSNews and more. The main belt asteroid #78434 is named in his honor.

Barry Adams is recently retired Head of Rangeland Resource Management for the Environment and Sustainable Resource Development Department of the Alberta Government, in Lethbridge. He is currently a private rangeland consultant. While with the Government he was responsible for a team of 9 rangeland management specialists who work across the province of Alberta to assist ranchers in applying the principles and practices of range management to promote healthy range and sustainable livestock operations.

Brenda Holder is a Professional Interpretive Guide, Interpretive Guide Group Management Instructor, First Aid instructor, and Keeper of her Medicine Lineage. She takes great pleasure in sharing the knowledge that she has researched and gained through talking to elders about the rich Métis traditions of her heritage. Brenda offers Native Medicine classes in Canmore, Alberta.

CPAWS The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) is Canada’s voice for wilderness. Our 13 chapters nationwide are working to protect Canada’s public lands and waters. Since 1967, the Southern Alberta Chapter of CPAWS has been dedicated to protecting the ecological integrity and connectivity of the southern Alberta landscape, as well as increasing environmental awareness and engagement among Albertans. Without CPAWS SAB, our national parks would look very different than they do today and we wouldn’t have areas like Kananaskis, the Whaleback and the Castle. We are the leading chapter in environmental education and have won provincial and national awards for our programs. During the past 20 years, CPAWS SAB has engaged over 120,000 participants in environmental education.

Dark Sky Guides The Dark Sky Guides are a group of brothers that were fortunate to grow up in Waterton Lakes National Park. As third-generation tourism service providers, sharing Waterton Park’s rich human- and natural history has always been a part of their lives. A er the Kenow Mountain Fire burnt a significant portion of Waterton Lakes National Park in September 2017, the brothers knew it would be more important than ever, to show people that there is more to Waterton than just daytime hiking through [the once forested] mountain landscapes. And so, Dark Sky Guides was born. Between them, the Brothers o cially have 40 years of experience acting as tour guides in Waterton Lakes National Park. And over the years, the brothers have traveled to many destinations around the world, picking up best practices from other tour guides and companies across the planet. Dark Sky Guides o er small, personalized tours that will open peoples’ eyes to a completely new area of Waterton Lakes National Park – the night sky above. The brothers hope to encourage every single tour participant to connect on a personal level with the National Park, in their own particular way.

Ian Wilson has spent many years exploring and photographing northern Canada. His photographs have appeared in many books and magazine across the country. His most recent books are Waterton Wild, Wildflowers of Waterton Park, and Wildflowers of Banff Park. Ian has also written five bestselling outdoor adventure books. He is now pursuing his passion of photographing wildflowers and wildlife. When he’s not wandering in the mountains, Ian lives in Canmore, Alberta.

Jacinthe Lavoie has been a flower-bug since her childhood days. With training as a researcher, she has observed and enjoyed nature through each season. Her most recent books are Waterton Wild, Wildflowers of Waterton Park, and Wildflowers of Banff Park. Jacinthe has also written twelve educational books. She is now fulfilling her dream of writing about wildflowers and painting their beauty in watercolour. During the seasons when flowers are dormant, Jacinthe lives in Canmore, Alberta.

Joe Desjardins works as a professional photographer out of the Calgary, Alberta region, focusing mainly on wildlife and landscape photography. He spends a lot of his time sharing his knowledge and enthusiasm through teaching, workshops and speaking engagements. Joe is an award-winning and nationally published photographer that has garnered multiple national accreditations in a variety of disciplines including equine, landscape, nature, wildlife and more. Joe has also garnered the designation of Master Photographer (MPN) in Nature Photography with MPIO, Master Photographers International.

Joyce Sasse For the past years Joyce Sasse has been working with a goodly number of South Alberta volunteers to bring the almost forgotten story of Annora Brown back to life. Identifying her legacy is now recognized to be significant by the likes of Parks Canada, programs in Lethbridge College and University, through initiatives to have her work published (and re-published) and by sharing her story through various forms of media. See .

Julie Strong grew up on a ranch in Mountain View and has always loved spending time in the great outdoors. At an early age she had a love for drawing and art was one of her favourite subjects in school. She attended Grant McEwan Community College in Edmonton in the Commercial Arts Program, and has always enjoyed the creative process. Watercolours are her medium of choice and the mountains in Waterton Park have been a constant source of influence and inspiration.

Kim Pearson works as an Ecosystem Scientist for Parks Canada coordinating grassland restoration, wildlife movement and species at risk projects, among others. She collaborated for ten years on the Nature Conservancy of Canada’s neighboring Waterton Park Front Project and has consulted on various projects for organizations such as the Southern Alberta Land Trust Society, Alberta Fish and Wildlife and Canadian Wildlife Service. Kim has been identifying birds by ear for nearly twenty years; it is a practice she honed while conducting point counts for Parks Canada prior to the advent of digitized surveys. She and her family are proud to call the Waterton area home.

Lyndon Penner grew up in rural Saskatchewan and has spent all of his time and energy on gardening since he was very young. He started working in the horticulture industry at the age of 16, and now writes, lectures, and teaches all over western Canada. When he is not pulling weeds in the garden or tromping all over the mountains in search of some obscure wildflower, Lyndon likes to spend time with his nephews or sitting quietly somewhere with a good book to read and a cup of coffee. His passion for Canada’s native plants is what first brought him to Waterton and he is thrilled to be your guide to some of the country’s most beautiful flowers.

Mary Ann Reeves is a Certified Yoga Teacher and Yoga Therapist (CYT 500, Yoga Studio College of Canada) and a livelong Watertonite and lover of Waterton Wild Flowers!
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Robert Dale Rogers has been an herbalist for over forty-five years, and is a professional member of the American Herbalist Guild. He earned a Bachelor of Science from the University of Alberta, where he is presently an assistant clinical professor in Family Medicine. He teaches plant medicine, including plant and mushroom medicine, aromatherapy and flower essences in the Earth Spirit Medicine faculty at the Northern Star College in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. He is a Fellow of the International College of Nutrition, past-chair of the medicinal mushroom committee of the North American Mycological Association and on the editorial boards of the International Journal of Medicinal Mushrooms, Fungi magazine and Discovery Phytomedicine. He is the author of 50 books on medicinal plants and fungi of the boreal forest.

Roger Riis Since learning about Mason Bees a few years ago Roger has spent a lot of time researching the effects of pollination on our environment. He takes great interest in teaching about pollination to all that show interest. He especially enjoys talking to younger people because they are the ones having to deal with mistakes made by his generation.

Ron McNeil is a soil and land resource scientist who specializes in natural resource inventories, ecological land classification, soil survey and interpretative products from inventories. Ron was instrumental in developing the link of soils and ecological range sites to native plant communities, which has been valuable for habitat management and species at risk. Ron also helped develop the 2010 reclamation criteria for native grasslands and cultivated lands in Alberta.

Dr. Roy Golsteyn is an Associate Professor of Biology and the Director of the Cancer Cell and the Natural Product Laboratories at the University of Lethbridge in Canada. He undertook his PhD in biochemistry in Sir Tim Hunt’s laboratory (Nobel Prize 2001) at the University of Cambridge. Roy completed his studies as a research fellow in Switzerland, and the Institute Curie in Paris. Prior to joining the University of Lethbridge, he was a senior research scientist in drug discovery with a pharmaceutical company in France. He has published more than 80 scientific papers and holds 5 patents. Roy was born and raised in Lethbridge and has always been fascinated by plants and animals of the great outdoors.

Valerie Webber is a studied lover of everything floral with a repertoire of over 500 wildflower species. Valerie is also a gardener for hire and is involved with invasive species control.


Meeting Place

Unless otherwise stated, meet your event leader at Waterton Community Centre - 201 Cameron Falls Dr, 20 minutes prior to the event start time (washrooms available).


Waterton Festivals
201 Cameron Falls Dr.
Waterton Park T0K 2M0

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Ruth 4/6/2018
Great memories of attending Waterton Wildflower Festival 2009 - 2010 and my own explorations Spring, Summer and Autumn on trips to beautiful Waterton Lakes in '11 - '13. Hoping my schedule will allow me a return visit from BC, this June! Thank you for keeping me informed.