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Alberta Hunter Education

The goal of Conservation Education is to “increase the level of public commitment to wildlife and fisheries conservation”. We are proud to provide education services for Conservation Education, Youth Programs and Firearms Safety.

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Membership Information


A membership with AHEIA provides you with a myriad of benefits. These benefits range from magazines and correspondence, resource kits and videos, invitations to special events and programs, access to all our facilities, reduced fees and most impressively a $10,000,000.00 general liability insurance policy for instructors.

Our magazines and correspondence are mailed out on a regular basis to keep our members informed of everything from upcoming special events, course instruction, additions to our facilities, to changes in government regulations. Our goal is to keep our members informed.

We offer an extensive video library and resource kits consisting of the following:

  • Fur Kits
  • Wildlife is Everywhere Kits
  • Making Tracks Kits
  • Owl Kits
  • Horns & Antlers Kits
  • Firearms Kits
  • Slide Kits

You as a member will receive notices and/or invitations to special events hosted by AHEIA

  • Open Houses
  • Outdoor Youth Seminars
  • Women's Seminars
  • Instructor Academy
  • Teachers Workshops
  • First Time Hunter Programs
  • Hunter Education Courses, both basic & instructor
  • Fishing Education Courses, both basic & instructor
  • Canadian Firearms Safety Course, both basic & instructor
  • and much more

Membership will gain you access to all our facilities:

Alford Lake Conservation Education Centre for Excellence

  • camping facilities including cabins, RV stalls, and tent stalls
  • wilderness survival courses
  • firearm safety courses
  • archery programs
  • fishing programs
  • map & compass sources

Calgary Firearms Centre & Conservation Centre for Excellence

  • 80 acre trap & skeet shooting facility
  • 10 trap houses, 4 skeet fields
  • parking for 250, RV & tent trailer area
  • club house with all the conveniences
  • open all year round for your enjoyment

Calgary Conservation Education Centre for Excellence

  • Full access to a fully operational facility complete with boardroom

Edmonton Conservation Education Centre for Excellence

  • Full access to a fully operational facility complete with boardroom

Members are offered reduced range fees at the Calgary Firearms Centre.

Membership also includes an impressive $5,000,000.00 general liability insurance policy that covers all instructors and their students. This policy covers all activities that take place in either classroom or outdoor activities and covers all activities that include the use of legal firearms, archery and angling equipment.

Click here for a list of corporate sponsor discounts!

(Membership benefits may change from time to time at the discretion of AHEIA.)

Annual Individual Membership $45.00 + GST
Annual Family Membership                                          $45.00 + GST
3-Year Individual Membership $115.00 + GST
3-Year Family Membership $115.00 + GST
Lifetime Individual Membership $600.00 + GST
Lifetime Family Membership $675.00 + GST
Calgary Firearms Centre Shooting Membership

$160.00 per year + AHEIA membership + GST
You must have a current AHEIA membership to purchase a shooting membership.

Memberships available to:

- Certified Conservation and Hunter Education Instructors
- Fish and Wildlife staff
- Interested groups and individuals as Associate Members

To purchase or renew a membership online, click HERE. Memberships can also be purchased or renewed by contacting one of our Conservation Education Centres for Excellence.



Hunting and Conservation have always gone hand in hand. Hunter Education is a vital contributor to wise conservation practices today, tomorrow and the future. AHEIA is doing a wonderful job and will continue to do so. I thank you all for that.

- Jim Dougherty (June 12, 2002)

Working together, our organizations can have a positive impact on the future of hunting, fishing and habitat. Congratulations to the Alberta Hunter Education Instructors’ Association Volunteers and keep up the great work!

- Gerry Kaumeyer (Pheasants Forever, Calgary Chapter)

AHEIA continues to do positive and pro-active work bringing on the next generation of Conservationists. Congratulations to all the Volunteer Instructors and keep up the great work!

- Dave Powell (Alberta Fish and Game Association)

Volunteers play an integral role and I truly appreciate your efforts to educate residents about our connection with the outdoors, and the importance of conserving Alberta’s fish and wildlife resources. Importantly, your leadership helps inspire more stewards of our natural resources.

- The Honourable David C. Coutts, Minister, Alberta Sustainable Resource Development (January 2006)

The Alberta Hunter Education Instructors Association is clearly committed to conservation education and is known for its strong volunteer spirit. Albertans benefit from your values and knowledge and generations to come will appreciate your efforts.

- The Honourable Ralph Klein, Feb 11, 2006, Premier of Alberta

You are among the finest stewards of land in Alberta. Your work over 45 years has ensured the youth of the province continue to play an active role in conserving Alberta’s fish and wildlife resources. Your assistance in establishing Provincial Hunting Day as an annual event is appreciated.

- The Honourable Ted Morton, Feb 2008, Minister, Alberta Sustainable Resource Development

Alberta has benefited from 45 years of conservation education. More than 55,000 students took part in this program in 2008, and each year that number grows. With more than one million students since the program began, it is difficult to find a hunter in Alberta who has not been positively influenced by your conservation education programs.

- The Honourable Ed Stelmach, Premier of Alberta, Feb 14, 2009

…this program is much more than a course on safe hunting practices. Course participants not only learn about conservation, they also become ambassadors, passing on knowledge and passion to their children, parents, friends and neighbors. For that and the many other contributions your organization makes to the quality of life in our Province, I thank you.

- The Honourable Ed Stelmach, Premier of Alberta, Feb 6, 2010

I would like to thank the many volunteers in your organization who generously give of their time and wisdom. They are to be commended for their dedication, stewardship of our resources, and for being positive role models in the lives of others.

- The Honourable Mel Knight, Minister Alberta Sustainable Resource Development, Feb 2010

My thanks to all of you for being ambassadors and educators in this great province.

- The Honourable Ed Stelmach, Premier of Alberta, February 5th, 2011

You reached a major milestone in in the one-millionth graduate of the Alberta Hunter Education program. Continued excellence is demonstrated by those involved in your organization that pass on their knowledge and passion to the next generation of hunters, anglers and trappers.

- The Honourable Frank Oberle, Minister, Alberta Sustainable Resource Development, January 2012

Everyone involved with your wonderful organization has helped make Alberta a better place by inspiring and educating the next generation. For that, the Government of Alberta thanks you.

- The Honourable Allison M.Redford, QC, Premier of Alberta, Feb 11, 2012

Thanks for your dedication and hard work. It is no surprise that the number of hunters continues to increase in Alberta, bucking trends in other jurisdictions. You should be proud of this accomplishment.

- The Honourable Diana McQueen, Minister, Environment and Sustainable Resource Development, January 2012

While hunting is a hobby for some, it is a way of life for others. Hunting is a life-skill and we must ensure the new generation of hunters is adept, responsible and knowledgeable. Thanks to the thousands of hunter educators across Alberta, our new hunters are well informed and will continue the tradition in good stead.

- The Honourable Robin Campbell, Minister of the Environment and Sustainable Resource Development, February 2014

You have inspired many Albertans by sharing your passion for our natural resources and leading by example. Together with Albertans like you, I know we can protect our natural legacy for future generations.

- The Honourable Alison M. Redford, QC, Premier of Alberta, February 9, 2013

This year marks the 50th Anniversary of conservation education across our province. I am pleased to note that more than 1.6 million Albertans have enrolled in conservation education programs, which are provided by more than 3200 volunteers.

- The Honourable Alison M. Redford, QC, Premier of Alberta , February 8, 2014

From the Outdoor Women’s Program, to instructor workshops, and Canadian Firearm Safety courses, the Association has consistently demonstrated its leadership on conservation education. The Association continues to offer the online Hunter Education, Kidwise Firearm Safety, and essential training including the very popular Archery Essentials and Bear Essentials. All of these components add up to a strong and resilient culture of conserving wildlife, which takes the continuous commitment of each and every participant.

- The Honourable Kyle Fawcett, Minister of Environment and Sustainable Resource Development, February 7, 2015

The efforts of the association and its hard-working members play a crucial role in forging a culture of responsible and ethical hunting and fishing. As Albertans we look forward to many more years of successful conservation education programs, workshops, and activities.

- The Honourable Jim Prentice, Premier of Alberta, February 7th, 2015

I appreciate your outstanding role in helping ensure that Alberta’s proud hunting and fishing tradition continues to play an important role in our culture and communities. For more than half a century, your growing success has resulted in the most successful education program of its kind in North America.

- The Honourable Rachel Notley, Premier of Alberta, February 6, 2016

Your dedication to educating Albertans about environmental stewardship and wildlife protection has created a legacy in the more than 1.8 million graduates of your programs. This year alone, the Alberta Hunter Education Instructors’ Association will reach almost 100,000 students Province wide through programs that teach all aspects of conservation education.

- The Honourable Shannon Phillips, Minister of Environment and Parks, February 6, 2016