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AHEIA Conservation Education Youth Programs

AHEIA's youth camps and seminars are designed to help young people develop the basic skills that will help them explore and enjoy the outdoors with confidence. 

The Youth Hunter Education Camp is a five-day event of fun-filled learning activities. Experts will be sharing their knowledge and providing instruction in the Alberta Conservation and Hunter Education Program and the Canadian Firearms Safety Course. Other areas covered are shooting, archery, survival, hypothermia, first aid, ethics, role of the hunter, wildlife identification, legal responsibilities, equipment, field techniques and more. The camp is open to all boys and girls age 12 to 17. Upon successful completion of the appropriate exams, students will be certified in the Alberta Conservation and Hunter Education Program and the Canadian Firearms Program. They will then qualify to apply for their Wildlife Identification Number (WIN Card) through any private license issuer and be able to apply for their Minor’s Possession License for firearms.

The goal of the Outdoor Youth Seminar is to increase awareness of outdoor recreational opportunities. To this end the Alberta Hunter Education Instructors’ Association (AHEIA) holds their annual Outdoor Youth Seminar for young outdoor enthusiasts (ages 7 and up) and their parent(s) or guardian(s). All youngsters must be accompanied by at least one adult. The seminar is a two-day event filled with fun and learning activities. Some of the sessions the participants get to choose from are; outdoor cooking, archery, crossbow basics, rifle and shotgun shooting, black powder shooting, survival, introduction to trapping, fly fishing, GPS and geocaching, waterfowl hunting basics, and much more.

These vary year to year but are primarily based out of the Alford Lake Conservation Education Centre for Excellence.


Registration information to be released soon.

Alford Lake Facility Features

  • Archery ranges
  • Firearm safety training ranges
  • Wildlife and Fisheries identification
  • Map and compass course
  • Fishing education area
  • Wilderness survival training area











How to get to Alford Lake

Proceed west from Innisfail on highway 54 to Caroline. Continue west 24 kms then 1.6 kms north.

Alberta Hunter Education Instructors' Association
Alford Lake Conservation Education Centre for Excellence

Box 369
Caroline, AB T0M 0M0

(403) 722-2423

(403) 722-2445



Youth Hunter Education Camps and Outdoor Youth Seminar, Outdoor Women’s Program, Mentored Hunt Programs.

The project was undertaken with the financial support of:

Ce projet a été entrepris avec l'appui financier de:


Canadian Wildlife Habitat Conservation Stamp

Since 1985, Wildlife Habitat Canada, a national, non-profit, charitable conservation organization, has invested over $50 million to support hundreds of conservation projects on private and public lands across Canada, through its granting program. Wildlife Habitat Canada works through partnerships with communities, landowners, governments, non-government organizations, and industry to conserve, enhance, and restore wildlife habitat. 

To learn more about the projects that Wildlife Habitat Canada has funded or to see our annual report, please visit www.whc.org. Without habitat...there is no wildlife. It’s that simple!