A huge thank you goes to "Ember Resources" for sponsoring our Education Program for 2018. The program would not be possible without the support of the community.
A friendly reminder to keep dogs on leashes so they don't surprise other canines, people or resident wildlife. Your continued respect for others is appreciated ensuring safety for all.
It's the responsibility of all to keep our trails free of garbage and waste. Please pick up after your dog, this ensures a pleasant experience for other canines, members and the grooming crew. With respect, please take your "doggie poop" home with you.
If you witness/encounter a problem with dogs visiting the natural area, submit a complaint to:
For any questions or concerns about the Natural Area, please call the Red Deer District Office at 403-748-3939. To report wildlife sightings, hunting violations, vandalism, public safety concerns, or any other matter that may require a Conservation Officer, please call the Alberta Parks Enforcement Line 24/7 at 403-350-5066”.
Please provide description of problem canine, handler, date, time and a license plate number, as this information is essential to correct any issues that may arise.
ATTENTION ALL JJ COLLETT USERS: May 2015-Present
We have had a reported encounter with a cow moose.
She is very protective of her twin calves.
As a result we suggest that if you see her and/or her calves you should not approach, instead change your course.
She has also been seen during the course of the winter, 2018/19.
JJ Collett Board of Directors.
Please be aware that a porcupine has set up home base at the half way point on Trail #5. Dog walkers, please keep your dog on leash in order to avoid a bad confrontation. Remember, it's their home, not ours. Humans large and small, please be aware and cautious.
Please be aware, we do not allow weddings to take place at JJ Collett, however, you may take photographs/pics. Remember to stay on trails to help preserve our area. Thank you.
WE NOW HAVE A FACEBOOK PAGE. SEARCH JJ COLLETT NATURAL AREA FOUNDATION. IT IS UP AND RUNNING. IF YOU HAVE ANY INTERESTING INFORMATION, COMMENTS, OR PHOTOS PLEASE FEEL FREE TO POST.
The area is used year round with many people jogging, walking, exercising their canines, bird watching, snow-shoeing, cross-country skiing and simply enjoying the area daily. We have approximately 15,000 visitors yearly. The Calgary Field Naturalists, Red Deer River Naturalists, Edmonton Orienteering Club, 1st Parlby Scouts, Lacombe 4H Outdoor Club, and Red Deer Ramblers have been some of our known guests. The area is open to the general public.
There is no charge to use the area. However, donations would be greatly appreciated from groups such as orienteering and special events. Donations go towards the costs of maintaining the area.
JJ Collett is not a dog park. Lacombe and Ponoka both have off leash dog parks. Blackfalds now has one and Red Deer hosts a couple. We encourage you to keep your dogs on leash while at JJ Collett. (Ongoing)
THANKS TO "LITTLE JON'S" FOR THE PORT-A-POTTY THEY HAVE PLACED AT THE MAIN STAGING AREA, JJ COLLETT. THE DONATION IS APPRECIATED. THANK YOU!!
Please contact us if you are interested in grooming trails. It is necessary for the comfort and safety of everyone using the area. Trails and projects are maintained and improved year round by volunteers through your "MEMBERSHIPS & DONATIONS". Become a "Friend of J.J. Collett Natural Area" & help support a unique & beautiful area in our own backyard.
The Board of Directors for JJ Collett Natural Area would like to thank all the volunteers at JJ Collett. We would also like to thank Barb & Dale Olsen for volunteering their time with tree removal on the trails and looking after the washrooms. Thank you all so much.May 2019.
Thanks to the Spring Clean Up crew at JJ Collett. Ron, your countless hours of help is appreciated. Thank you for your time.
Donations can now be made online. ATB Financial has teamed up with JJ Collett Natural Area and each dollar donated to this cause will be matched 15% by ATB Financial. Please find the link to donate in the "Links" section on the left hand side of the page. Thank you ATB.
May 6, 2019.
Mother nature is beautiful, yet unpredictable. For your safety, please do not walk the trails during high winds. Trees may fall and cause serious injury to yourself, canines and wildlife. In the event you do head out, be careful. May 06, 19.
Please advise the Board of Directors of any events you plan on having at JJ Collett. Requests can be made via email at firstname.lastname@example.org