Calendars for Conservation

           Whitetail Fawns by Dianne Seamans

Did you know that your purchase of a calendar supports our conservation and stewardship efforts?

Thirty-one photographers have generously donated their work, filling the pages with more than 50 full-colour images of animals, plants and landscapes taken in and around Mountain View County.

The calendars sell for $20. You can pick yours up at our office in Olds (Monday to Friday). For a small fee we’d be happy to mail it to you. Do you have nature lovers on your gift list? Let us know and we’ll mail it directly to them.

We accept cash, cheque, credit card (VISA and MasterCard) and e-transfer. Call (403) 556-1029 or contact us.

Summer on the Land

Each summer students monitor Legacy’s conservation properties. They record their findings, take photographs and write reports on the state of the lands Legacy is responsible for stewarding. Here they share some of their experiences.



The Bearberry Barn

log barn

Our series of barn stories recalls the significance of these structures to individuals and communities. Edna Bakken tells how a Ranger Station barn evolved into her rural community’s Heritage & Arts Centre …


Share A Barn Story

The Leach Barn

The telling and sharing of stories is one way to conserve the past. We’re looking for stories and photos of barns to share on our social media and website. Do you have one to share?








Art From The Heart


Last June Alberta artist and Circle of Friends

member Lorene Runham approached us

with a fundraising idea …




She planned to open her garage on weekends during the summer to showcase her art work and wearable art. She offered to donate 50% of her proceeds to Legacy. We were delighted to accept her offer.

Lorene recently presented Legacy with a cheque from her summer sales. Her generosity is deeply appreciated.

“I have a very strong loyalty to place—rural Alberta,” says Lorene. “Legacy Land Trust is a perfect fit with my artist statement. I intend to continue supporting Legacy through the sale of my creative works!

Lorene has a beautiful array of nature-related work on her website, including richly coloured original and digital artwork, art cards and art-themed clothing. She currently has a solo show in Red Deer running to November 14.

We’re Over the Top

What a birthday we had!

Our goal was $888.88 to buy much-needed equipment. By the time donations were counted we’d raised $1288.88!

Thanks to everyone who helped turn our wishes into reality. (Yes, someone donated $88.88 🙂)

It’s hard to put into words what these donations mean.

With the additional funds, we’ll be able to expand our stewardship and educational toolbox—additional stories, better videos, new educational trips to Legacy’s conservation easements, more opportunities to attend community events.


We’ll be ordering the equipment soon. We’re eager to get the cameras on the land so we can share stories with you about these special places.

Sarah Leach
Legacy Stories Coordinator

Let’s Celebrate!


Happy BirthdayLegacy’s turns 8 on October 20 …

and we’re celebrating with a virtual party! We’d like to raise $888.88 in the next 7 days.

Donations will help us purchase two new game cameras and their accessories, educational items like botany hand lenses, and items to make putting on events more impactful.

In this video Legacy’s Stories Coordinator shares what gifts we’d like to buy with your help.


It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3 …

1. Visit our DONATE page.

2. Select Legacy’s 8th Birthday Fund and enter the amount you’d like to donate.

3. In the message box, tell us what item you’d like your money to go towards.

Questions,? Contact our Stories Coordinator, Sarah Leach.

Our Wish List




Calendars on Sale!

Legacy Land Trust Society

Great Blue Heron by Colleen Kaiser-Gill

Our New Calendars Are Here!

Inside you’ll find 55 full-colour photos of animals, plants and landscapes taken by 28 local photographers.

The calendars sell for $20. The money goes toward our conservation and stewardship work.

You can buy your copy at our office in Olds, Monday to Friday. We accept cash, cheque, credit card (VISA and MasterCard) and e-transfer. For more information contact us.


Is Blite a Blight?

Strawberry Blite Strawberry Blite pops up in my garden almost every year. I don’t plant it and I have no idea how it arrived.

At a time when many plants are winding down, it always surprises me with its bright colour and enthusiasm.

It goes by many names including Strawberry Spinach (the leaves are edible), Strawberry Goosefoot, Indian Ink and Beet Berry.

The berries (shown here) form in tightly packed clusters that to someone with a good imagination might resemble strawberries. Each tiny berry contains a shiny black lens-shaped seed. The fruit is edible though I haven’t sampled it.

Strawberry Blite is native across Canada and much of the US. I’ve found it growing in wild places—open woods and fields—as well as gravel pits and along roadsides. Ornamental varieties are sold by some garden centres.

What’s a word worth? Blite is a group of herbs. Blight is a plant disease or injury; or, something that causes an unwanted outcome or is an eyesore. Strawberry Blite is always welcome in my garden.

Sally Banks
Legacy Volunteer

Art Show & Sale

Join Legacy

and Paint the Barn Red artists!


Olds Evergreen Centre 5237-52 St Olds, AB

Sept 17   4:00 –  8:00 pm
Saturday Sept 18  10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sunday Sept 19  12:00 noon – 4:00 pm

Although we’ve had to postpone the Art Show because of new Covid concerns you can still purchase a copy of this beautiful book at our office in Olds 4801 – 49 Ave. (403) 556-1029.