Today at FortWhyte Alive we are feeling extremely grateful. You can bet that we're still feeling the love from all of you that came out to our Earth Day Celebration this past weekend to help us ring in 50 years of FortWhyte Alive.
But today is special because 50 years ago today -- on April 27, 1966 -- the Act to incorporate the Wildlife Foundation of Manitoba was passed into law. This marks the early beginnings of FortWhyte Alive as we know it today.
From our roots in habitat reclamation and wildlife conservation to our role today as a leader in environmental education, a lot has happened over the past five decades. Some of you might remember when our trails and Interpretive Centre opened in 1983, followed by the Alloway Reception Centre, Buffalo Stone Cafe and northern expansion in 2000.
But so much more has happened. We've seen hundreds of thousands of visitors walk through our doors and marvel at the sights and sounds of the natural world. What's more is that we have seen how a moment of true connection with nature can inspire us to take action in our own communities to take care of our planet. That's our goal here at FortWhyte -- to inspire, educate and encourage actions leading to sustainable living.
Changing how you see our world. Making a world of difference.
We're looking forward to what we can build together over the next 50 years.