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 and 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 illustrating, trekking, camping, horseback riding, and generally being active outdoors.
Assistant Chief Park Interpreter
Ian moved from Calgary to Medicine Hat in April of 2021 and has been working with the MH Interpretive Program since May of 2021. He has a Biological Science degree and is currently in the process of getting his Education Degree from the University of Calgary. Ian brings with him over 5 years of working as an environmental educator with the City of Calgary and the Bow Habitat Station. When he isn’t working or in school, he enjoys camping, hiking, birding, or watching reality T.V. shows.
Grace is a Medicine Hat local who began working with the Interpretive Program as a summer student in 2021 and has since returned as a full-time Park Interpreter. She has a diploma in environmental reclamation from the Medicine Hat College, where she also played soccer and volleyball for the Rattlers. Grace enjoys spending her free time outdoors rollerblading, running, camping, and hiking—or snuggled up indoors with her cat and a coffee.
Bethany has been with the MH Interpretive Program since October 2021. She is involved with both the Earth Club and Interact Club at her local high school. For the future, Bethany aspires to study marine science at university. She enjoys getting outdoors through running, biking, kayaking, and skiing.
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.
Tamara has been with the MH Interpretive Program since February 2022. Her background is in land resource management and she earned her diploma from Olds College. Her biggest passion as a Park Interpreter is working with kids of all ages and teaching them about the local environment and the critters that call it home.