Address: 12350 84 St. S.E. (at the time of this post Highway 22X is closed for construction. Access to the park is off 84 St. S.E. from 114 Ave. S.E.)
Gordie’s Review: “I liked collecting the eggs” (virtual eggs in the OISEAU app)
Nicky’s Review: “Go!” (Nicky liked running around)
Parking: free parking lot.
Park Features: Man made wetland area used to naturally improve stormwater quality before it enters the Bow River system, picnic tables and shelter. It is home to the Environmental Education and Ethics Centre (indoor classroom, resource library, art studio, interpretive signage, meeting space), Beverly Pepper’s Sentinels art sculpture and a community orchard. It is also one of the locations for the OISEAU Agents of Nature App program. It offers numerous on-site programs and events and can also be booked for private functions and birthday parties.
OISEAU Agents of Nature Mobile App
Ralph Klein Park is one of the 9 Calgary sites for the OISEAU Agents of Nature Mobile App. This free app is aimed at getting Calgary kid’s outdoors discovering the city’s parks and other green spaces. The app (available on itunes and the goggle play store) unlocks fun interactive place based challenges about nature and local wildlife. The app can also be used at: Bowmont Park, Devonian Gardens, Elbow River Pathway, Nose Hill Park, Prairie Winds Park, Ralph Klein Park, Sue Higgins Park, Calgary Zoo and Fish Creek Provincial Park.
Each location has QR codes placed in the parks that when scanned unlock challenges. The challenges are structured around becoming an ‘agent of nature’ with the fictional secret agency known as OISEAU, an “inter-species” group dedicated to solving the great mysteries of nature.
With each question you answer correctly, you earn points which in turn earn you eggs as you level up. Each site also has 4 nest eggs that you collect by scanning the QR code where it is hidden. More information can be found at www.agentsofnature.com
We really enjoyed using the OISEAU Agents of Nature App at Ralph Klein park. Gordie was a little young to answer many of the questions, but he liked the process and LOVED collecting the eggs. I highly recommend downloading the app and giving it a try.
Ralph Klein Park
The Centerpiece of Ralph Klein Park is the Environmental Education and Ethics Building. The building design is pretty cool, it’s built as a bridge over the water.
This is a close up of the exterior.
Inside, they have a classroom, art studio, bathrooms and a place where you can refill your water bottle. They also have a small area set up with interactive and interpretive exhibits.
Both of the kids really enjoyed playing with the giant magnet wall near the classroom.
There were a few more exhibits down the other side of the hallway including touch screens as well as an elevator to get you to the area on top of the building if you can’t use the stairs.
On top of the building, you’ll find great views and interpretive signage (as well as one of the OISEAU QR codes).
Behind the building is a picnic area and a pathway for viewing the wetlands more closely.
By the parking lot you’ll find the community orchard as well as the 2nd pathway which contains many of the OISEAU QR codes. We didn’t end up walking either of these pathways on our visit. The day was quite hot and and though there are benches there is very little shade along the pathways.
This is a great place to learn about Wetlands and get away from the city. It’s still relatively undiscovered in Calgary, the morning we went we were the only family there visiting. Make sure when you visit you bring your bug spray, sunscreen and hats. The centre also offers a number of $5 family drop-in programs in the afternoon.
Have you been to Ralph Klein Park? What did you think?