MH Interpretive Program
The MH Interpretive Program is managed by the Society of Grasslands Naturalists — a local nature club and registered charity. Through a contract with the City of Medicine Hat Parks and Outdoor Recreation Department, the Grasslands Naturalists has managed the MH Interpretive Program since 1994. We celebrate Southeastern Alberta’s natural history and share stories of the people who have lived, explored, and thrived on this land.
Chief Park Interpreter
Alicia has worked with the MH Interpretive Program since January 2020 and currently serves as the Chief Park Interpreter. She earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees at the University of Victoria, specializing in biology along with earth, ocean and climate science. Alicia has been a science educator for over 10 years in a variety of settings, from leading public programs to teaching undergraduate classes. She enjoys horseback riding, illustrating, trekking, traveling and generally being active outdoors.
Assistant Chief Park Interpreter
Mhairi – pronounced Varry – joins us from Irvine, Scotland where she worked as an Interpreter for five years, having gained her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Countryside Management from the University of Glasgow. She is especially interested in social/cultural heritage and ecosystems service. Being new to Alberta, Mhairi is looking forward to exploring her new home and getting outdoors with her husband.
Caelan moved to Medicine Hat from Calgary in 2003 and joined the MH Interpretive Program in April of 2023. Caelan is an avid gardener, citizen scientist, and hobby survivalist who is looking forward to studying environmental sciences in the future. If they aren’t puttering in the garden, you can find Caelan attending live music events, volunteering in the community, or at the gym with their partner.
Genevieve has been a community educator for 15 years, covering a range of topics including bicycle mechanics, kitchen literacy, welding and gardening/agriculture. She is a Master Gardener, horticulturist and executive board member of the Medicine Hat Horticultural Association. Born and raised in Medicine Hat, she is passionate about food security, environmental conservation and community capacity building. In her spare time, she is likely to be crafting delicious food or frolicking in a garden.
Hannah is a Redcliff local who grew up going to programs in the park and joined the MH Interpretive Program in the summer of 2023. She is currently working towards a Bachelor’s in History and has a self-proclaimed “passion for old things”. When not studying, Hannah likes to spend her time reading, going for walks, or working on her many in-progress artworks.
Isaiah is a student at Medicine Hat College and joined the MH Interpretive Program in May 2023. It was his love of the outdoors, gardening, and botany that inspired him to pursue an environmental reclamation diploma. When not caring for his many plants, you will most likely find Isaiah working on one of his sewing projects or theatre roles.
Rhys Mah Poy
Rhys is new to Medicine Hat, having grown up in BC and spending a few years in Ontario. Rhys has a background in wildlife rehabilitation, science education, conservation education and paramedicine. Working for the Calgary Wilder Institute, Science North, and the Calgary Humane Society, Rhys has a passion for nature and is excited to be part of the Interpretive Program team. In their spare time they enjoy hiking, swimming, dancing, video games, cosplaying, embroidery, baking, playing DND, cuddling their cats, and more!