Forget the Box

Just Think Outside.

Our mission is to engage our community in our natural environment and cultural heritage through interpretation and education. 

Land Acknowledgement

We are fortunate to work and play on both sides of the Red Deer River. 

These are the ancestral lands of the Cree people, Blackfoot Confederacy, and the traditional home of Central Alberta’s Métis people. 

We commit ourselves to steward the land, to advocate for the people, and to amplify Indigenous voices. 



Have an Adventure

The Kerry Wood Nature Centre and Historic Fort Normandeau provide fun, educational programs and workshops for all ages.

Programs at The Nature Centre
Programs at Fort Normandeau

Host an Event

Whether it is a business meeting with your peers or a wedding ceremony in a picturesque park, celebrate the way you want with us. The Kerry Wood Nature Centre and historic Fort Normandeau offer a range of different settings for your special event or meeting.

Site Rentals at The Nature Centre
Site Rentals at Fort Normandeau

Gaetz Lakes Sanctuary 100th Birthday

On June 27, 1924 something remarkable happened. Catherine Gaetz, her son John Jost (Jack), and his wife Grace, gave a significant portion of their land to the Federal Government so that it could become Alberta’s first Dominion Bird Sanctuary: the Gaetz Lakes Sanctuary.

Join the Kerry Wood Nature Centre as we celebrate this milestone throughout 2024!

Read more about the Sanctuary
Tell us your Sanctuary Story
Info & Buy Tickets for Beers for Birds

Green Deer

Green Deer encourages all residents of Red Deer to pick up litter and "leave it better than you found it!"

Participating in Green Deer is a great way to build social connections and give back to your community—not to mention both the physical and mental benefits of spending time outside!

The Green Deer Spring Cleanup Campaign is on from March 21 to May 31, 2024. During this time, residents pick up litter anywhere in Red Deer at their own pace. Fill out our short online registration form to get free cleanup supplies and be entered to win some great prizes!

Spring Cleanup Campaign Registration Form
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