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Not Your Average Retirement Path: Studying the Natural Systems of Southern Alberta

December 1, 2015

Wild Lands Advocate article from December 2015 by Reg Ernst.

In 1988, after working in the public service for more than 20 years, I decided to take advantage of an early retirement program the government introduced. The program offered up to two years of retraining at an educational institute so I enrolled in an agricultural program at Olds College. At the time I owned a small hobby farm of 70 hectares near Leduc. There I grew hay and raised some horses, in part because I enjoyed trail riding in the mountains.

Providing the location of cushion townsendia during a rare plant survey. Photo: C. Olson.

Providing the location of cushion townsendia during a rare plant survey. Photo: C. Olson.

The adage: “Find a job you love and you will never have to work another day in your life” seems so true at times. Deciding to take early retirement and go to university was so right for me. I consider my time at university and then working as an ecologist one of the best parts of my life.

To read the full article, click here: Not Your Average Retirement Path (Dec 2015 WLA)

There is an urgent need to engage people with nature. All aspects of it. Not just the pretty bears and cute snakes. Also the realities of it, the death, struggles, and pain. Not only are people losing touch with nature, they are losing touch with the realities of nature.
- Clayton Lamb, January 2018
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