Please find an extensive article written by Dr. Lu Piening on “Mushrooms”.
A huge thank you goes to "Ember Resources" for sponsoring our Education Program for 2016. 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 droppings" home with you.
If you witness/encounter a problem with dogs visiting the natural area, submit a complaint to:
Nick Mandrusiak, Conservation Officer with Alberta Parks. 403-748-3939 or
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, 2015/16.
Lots of wind and rain recently. 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 25, 17.
JJ Collett Board of Directors.
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 10,000 to 11,000 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, a suggested donation of $100 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!!
PHOTO CONTEST 2017
Get your cameras out for the opportunity to enter our photography contest. Photos must be taken at JJ Collett Natural Area. Enter wildlife, birds, plants or landscape. Photo must be of landscape orientation and not portrait. No professional photography, amateur photography only. Submission deadline is Sept. 15, 17.
Please advise the Board of Directors of any events you plan on having at JJ Collett. Requests can be made via email at email@example.com
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 Chris & Keith Meyers for all the volunteer work with trail maintenance at JJ Collett. We would also like to thank Barb & Dale Olsen for volunteering their time with tree removal on trail one and looking after the washrooms. Thank you all so much. April 24, 2017
Thanks to the Spring Clean Up crew at JJ Collett. Ron, your countless hours of help is appreciated. Thank you for your time.
Thanks to Gary H. a neighbour of JJ Collett, who volunteers his time clearing the parking lot for us. Give him a big hello and thank you if you see him volunteering. He has a really nice dog named Teddy who is often seen in the area helping out the grooming unit.
The reason he is often seen in the area "off leash" during the spring, summer and fall, is that he lives up the road and he is obviously bored. So he wanders down to be with other dogs and people. If you see Teddy, please tell Teddy "Go Home", and he will. If you look in the gallery section, I will post pics of "Teddy". Thank you for your cooperation.
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.
June 13, 2016