The Society

The Society of Grasslands Naturalists (GN) is a non-profit charitable organization based in Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada.


  • To encourage study and protection of the natural world.
  • To provide educational opportunities such as lectures, field trips and publications.
  • To encourage the preservation of natural habitat and aesthetic natural features.
  • To assist in the collection and provision of records of species for statistical and educational purposes.
  • To act as stewards of the environment.



Yearly membership based on calendar year:

Individual: $20
Family: $25
Organization: $25

See Contact us for mailing address.

Membership Form


Donations to Grasslands Naturalists are another great way to support local nature and nature education.

Tax receipts are issued for all donations over $10. Your generosity is greatly appreciated!

Donations can be made by cash or by cheque payable to Society of Grasslands Naturalists and delivered either

  • in person at the Police Point Park Nature Centre or
  • by mail (cheques only) to Grasslands Naturalists, Box 2491, Medicine Hat, AB,T1A 8G8

Medicine Hat Interpretive Program

GN manages the Medicine Hat Interpretive Program (MHIP) located at the Police Point Park Nature Centre.

Society Bylaws

These are the current bylaws.

Executive and Directors

  • President: Phil Horch
  • Vice-President: 
  • Treasurer: Angela Turner
  • Secretary: Betty Rainville
  • Past-President: Hugh Armstrong
  • Directors at large:
    • Ian Turner
    • Linda Fisher
    • Eileen Cowtan


Bird Tales

  • Dee Armstrong and Paul Thibault (Co-chairs)

Birding Trail

  • Phil Horch (Chair)
  • Hugh Armstrong
  • Lloyd Bennett
  • Marty Drut
  • Mackenzie Fai
  • Bob Frew
  • Rob Gardner
  • Colton Prins
  • John Slater
  • Milt Spitzer
  • Paul Thibault

Budget Committee

  • Paul Thibault (Chair)
  • Hugh Armstrong
  • Eileen Cowtan

Communications Committee

  • Chair: Angela Turner
  • Emails: Eileen Cowtan
  • Facebook: Tina Regehr
  • Newsletter: Milt Spitzer
  • Website: Paul Thibault
  • Corlaine Gardner
  • Ian Turner

Field Trips

  • John Slater (Chair)

Fund Raising Committee

  • Hugh Armstrong (Chair)

Governance Committee

  • Paul Thibault (Chair)
  • Hugh Armstrong
  • Eileen Cowtan
  • Linda Fisher

Indoor Program

  • Linda Fisher (Chair)

Issues Committee

  • Martha Munz Gue (Chair)
  • John Slater
  • Marty Drut
  • Tina Regehr
  • Gerry Ehlert

Operations Committee

  • Hugh Armstrong (Chair)
  • Bob Townsend
  • Eileen Cowtan
  • John Slater
  • Elaine Spitzer
  • Simone Flynn

The GN President, Phil Horch, is an ex-officio member of all committees with voting right.

Projects and Programs

Carol Porter Bluebird Trail Project

  • Milt Spitzer (Chair)
  • Peggy and Mike Hansen
  • Lorraine and Randy Stotz
  • Mel Bender
  • Ann and Dennis Hall
  • Ennyd and Cled Jones
  • Phyllis and Ross Strobel
  • Beth and Ted Turner
  • Ric Carrier
  • Carol and Brian Lowery
  • Dee and Brent Cowan
  • Jim and JoAnne MacFarlane
  • Donna Steele and Sue Higgins

Interpretive Program, Police Point Park

  • Corlaine Gardner (Chief Interpreter)
  • Marty Drut

Webcam Project

  • Hugh Armstrong (Chair)
  • Paul Thibault

External Organizations

Nature Alberta

  • Angela Turner
  • Ian Turner (alternate)