The Dandelion Project
The Southern Alberta Chapter of the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society’s mission is to safeguard, connect, and expand Alberta’s parks, public lands and waters, and wilderness. We work toward these goals through education, engagement and collaboration with Albertans of all backgrounds — including government, Indigenous Peoples, industry, other environmental organizations, grassroots groups and local communities. Our vision is a landscape with a growing abundance of parks, protected areas and wilderness, where nature thrives because of the conservation efforts of and for all Albertans. We firmly believe that nature, wilderness, and wild spaces and species have intrinsic value — and that nature thrives when ecosystems are healthy, functioning resilient and diverse.
Our work to protect and conserve Alberta’s forests is rooted in the knowledge that forests give us so much — not only do they help mitigate climate change and create resilient ecosystems and communities, but they also support biodiversity, maintain healthy watersheds, connect wildlife, and provide us with incredible opportunities for recreation. Unfortunately, our province’s legislation is not adequately informed by the last 50 years of advancements in our understanding of climate change, species-at-risk, forest ecosystems, ecological integrity, or community impacts. CPAWS Southern Alberta believes that Albertans should have a voice in forest management. The future of these ecosystems should not be determined by private companies, and we encourage all Albertans to demand a better future by supporting changes to forest policy that prioritize ecosystem values over timber values, and that steward a sustainable future for our forests.
Spring 2023 - Bow River Bar
The Bow River Bar Soap
Get into the flow with the Bow River Bar Soap. Named after the Southern Alberta river, this bar boasts the fresh aromas of bergamot, spearmint, geranium, and juniper all in a delicately swirled blue and teal pattern. Made with nutrient-rich oils and butters, your skin will love it too! As part of the Dandelion Project, $2 from every bar sold will be donated directly to Alberta Institute for Wildlife Conservation.
Since 1993, Alberta Institute for Wildlife Conservation (AIWC) has been a champion for injured and orphaned wildlife through rescue, rehabilitation and release. Since our founding, we have admitted more than 34,000 animals into care. We believe our responsibility to wildlife includes an educational component that emphasizes the importance of environmental protection, and as such, AIWC offers engaging public education programs to inform all ages of the importance of wildlife to our ecosystem and way of life.
As a trusted Canadian-registered charity, we are permitted by federal and provincial governments to care for wildlife in need. In addition, we are an accredited veterinary hospital through the Alberta Veterinary Medical Association, which allows us to provide high standards of care to our wildlife patients. We are funded entirely by donations.
Fall 2022 - Wildflower Bar Soap
Wildflower Bar Soap
Sunbeams dance across your face and tall grass brushes against your legs as you take in the breathtaking view of an alpine meadow. Geranium, lavender, sage, ylang ylang, bergamot, and palmarosa delicately combine to make you feel taken care of with this uplifting, floral soap. Made with nutrient-rich oils and butters, your skin will love it too! As part of The Dandelion Project, proceeds from every bar will be donated to Alpha House.
About Alpha House Calgary
Alpha House has been a part of the Calgary community for over 40 years as a non-profit, charitable agency working to provide safe spaces for vulnerable men and women whose lives have been impacted by alcohol and other substance dependencies. By building relationships and meeting people where they are at, Alpha House helps connect clients to the resources they need to improve their circumstances. As a result of this continuum of care, individuals can be diverted away from unnecessary uses of health care, criminal justice, and emergency systems. Alpha House operates a Shelter and Detox/Transitional facility, Outreach Programs, including the DOAP Team, Encampment Team, and the Needle Response Team, and Housing Programs with intensive case management support.
Summer 2022 - "Put the Lime in the Coconut" Bar Soap
"Put the Lime in the Coconut" Bar Soap
Be instantly transported to a hot, sandy beach with a juicy book in one hand and a fruity drink in the other with our limited-edition summer bar soap! Infused with zesty lime and tropical coconut, you'll feel the joy and relief of a warm vacation no matter where you are. Made with nutrient-rich oils and butters, your skin may love it even more! As part of The Dandelion Project, proceeds from every bar will be donated directly to Grow Calgary, Calgary's 100% volunteer-run fresh food bank.
About Grow Calgary
Grow Calgary is a community farm in Balzac, AB that grows food for vulnerable populations throughout Calgary and the surrounding area. 100% of all the food grown is donated to local organizations and groups, and it is entirely volunteer run. After six successful years in Calgary, the farm moved to its current location in Balzac in 2020 and added its F.A.R.M (Farm Animal Rescue Mission) to give animal rescues a safe place to live. Along with donating its produce and caring for the animals, Grow Calgary advocates for system-level change to address food insecurity in local communities and provides education on this issue as well as small-scale farm management. Everyone has fundamental rights to access food and shelter and Grow Calgary views local urban agriculture as one feasible response to food access and food dignity.