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Sustainability

We're fighting climate change and building a community of environmental stewardship.

Individual walks with bike to look at solar panels in summer

Building a Green Culture

FortWhyte Alive’s existence demonstrates the possibility of environmental renewal and regeneration. Through community cooperation, what began as an industrial site is now 660 acres of green space. More than 125,000 people visit us each year to find their own connection with nature. The deeper our relationship with nature, the stronger our commitment to protecting it for generations to come.

FortWhyte Alive believes that sustainable communities are built on three essential and interconnected cornerstones: a healthy natural environment, a vibrant economy, and a healthy and equitable social environment. These three pillars ground and motivate everything we do at FortWhyte.

Stories of Sustainability

7 Ways to Save Water

There are so many ways to reduce your water footprint, starting with making just a few minor updates in and around the home. Save money and conserve water using these tips.

The magic of migration is back

Every autumn countless geese take part in the breathtaking ritual of migration, using FortWhyte Alive's lakes to prepare for their long journey ahead. This year, we want to help give you every opportunity to be part of this beautiful experience by offering you three different ways to embrace the season.

The Bees are Back

Over four sampling sessions from July- August, Joel Gardner identified 8 species of bumble bee occurring here, by catching and releasing 127 individual bees in our Solar Pollinator Garden, as well as other wildflower patches at FortWhyte.

Holding Down the Fort: Spittlebugs

Nature's calendar reveals itself in the species that we see on the trails. Like clockwork, around the end of June or beginning of July you'll start to notice spittlebugs. Marking the end of the school year, you'll see the foamy "spit" they leave behind in plants.

Holding Down the Fort: Poison Ivy

It's not always clear whether a plant is poison ivy or not. There are plenty of other plants that share similar characteristics to poison ivy, making your day in nature a little harder to navigate. Use our tips and tricks for identifying poison ivy to stay safe and healthy on your adventure.