AN ALBERTA PROVINCIAL NATURAL AREA                                        
Wagner Natural Area is approximately
1.6 km west of the junction of Yellowhead Highway 16 and Highway 44.Turn south on to Atim Road (Rge. Rd. 270), then east on to the service road. Follow the service road east to the gravel parking area and the entrance gate to the Natural Area.
Mailing address:
30531 - 118Ave.
Acheson,  Alberta  T7X 6M5 
                Wagner Natural Area now has a Facebook page!



The Marl Pond Trail is open.

We hope you get an opportunity to visit the natural area as one activity that is still allowed during these pandemic days.


Stay safe!

Check out our "Newsletters" page for new editions of our newsletter "Friends of the Fen"

     See our: 

2021 Jan-April Issue here

2020 Sept/December Issue here

                   2020 July/August Issue here





Spring is coming - come and enjoy a walk in the Natural Area!

Download our 2019 brochure here

Natural Areas are Alberta Government-owned and protected lands with a dual purpose: To allow some recreation but also to preserve aspects of the province's biological and physical diversity. Alberta's Natural Areas are not highly developed for recreational use because of the fragile nature of the property. Natural Areas are valuable for educational purposes, for research studies, and observation of a minimally-changing natural landscape.

In 1983, the Registered Charity, Wagner Natural Area Society, was accredited, and became the Volunteer Steward and Manager of the property under the provincial Stewards program, presently within the Tourism, Parks, Recreation and Culture department of the Alberta Government. The Society holds a recreational lease on the Natural Area and has a Water License covering the water that passes through and under the Natural Area and its surrounds.

Located between Edmonton and Spruce Grove, in the middle of fields and industrial development, Wagner Natural Area stands out as a microcosm of boreal forest. Its varied habitats include calcareous fens and marl ponds, willow swamps, drier coniferous and deciduous forests, creeks, and hay fields. These habitats, most particularly the fens, account for the rich diversity of plant life including several wild orchids, carnivorous plants, and mosses. Insects, amphibians, and birds are abundant, with larger mammals such as white-tailed deer and moose also inhabiting the area.

A special ecological feature of Wagner is its fens - areas of water-saturated peat existing because groundwater, carried through underground sands and gravels called aquifers, rises in the form of springs to the surface of the ground. The water then moves overland towards Big Lake, or accumulates in marl ponds.

Known to naturalists since the 1940's, the Natural Area was named for William Wagner, the owner of the property, who was instrumental in having the Alberta government give the original property of 320 acres (129.5 hectares) formal protection in 1975. Subsequent land purchases by the Alberta government and the Nature Conservancy of Canada have extended the protected area to 251 hectares (620 acres) covering a range of vegetation communities.

Because of the moisture content in much of the soil, it is advisable to have waterproof boots with you when visiting the Natural Area. In the spring and summer, it is also advisable to have insect repellent with you to fend off any mosquitoes who may find you. While there is no drinking water in the Natural Area, a Picnic Shelter and Outhouse is provided near the head of the Marl Pond Trail. Wagner Natural Area is not an off-leash area for dogs because of the fragile nature of the Area. Prohibited in the Natural Area are: Lighting Fires, Cutting Trees, Camping, Hunting. The Natural Area is a pedestrian-use only area.  There is no garbage removal from the Natural Area, so visitors are requested to pick up after their dogs, and to take all garbage away with them.

A 1.5 km self-guiding Marl Pond Trail  leads southwards from the main gate.


2018 May 26 Bird Count

Check out our "Wildlife" page for 

pictures and count results

 Thank You to our Volunteers! 

Just a reminder for all new and returning visitors: please remember to take your garbage with you when you leave Wagner Natural Area, including dog waste and especially cigarette butts. Unfortunately, we found many cigarette butts on the ground and along the trail--we strongly discourage this as it contributes to environmental and health hazards in our natural area.

If you are interested in volunteering with Wagner Natural Area Society or checking out our upcoming events, please visit the "Events" tab on the website for more information! 


Montropa uniflora

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This video is courtesy of Andrew and Mike Hendry, shot with a quadcopter in August of 2014



Website is maintained by the Wagner Natural Area Society    
Updated Mar.19.2020