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Donor Spotlight: Pat Adams

Posted on February 22, 2023

FortWhyte donors are something special.

It’s their generosity that makes everything we do possible.

Inspiring the next generation, making the earth a little greener, and creating a space for you to learn or spend time with loved ones is all possible thanks to our donor community.

And it’s these same reasons that many of our donors choose to donate to FortWhyte Alive themselves.

Donors like Pat Adams, who has been a proud member of the FortWhyte community for decades and now shares her love of nature with her grandchildren. As a monthly donor, Pat’s reliable monthly gifts support hands-on education while supporting FortWhyte as we plan for the future.

Pat Adams, stands in front of snowy covered sod house.

1. Tell us a bit about yourself!

I am thoroughly enjoying all the joys of retirement. While my career as an educator in the public school system was wonderful, having the freedom now to pursue other passions is truly a blessing.


2. How did you learn about FortWhyte?

We first learned about FortWhyte in the late 80’s through one of my husband’s colleagues whose husband worked at FortWhyte. Once our sons arrived we had a family membership and enjoyed many, many visits to FortWhyte together. Later we continued our membership as a couple and gave a gift of membership to my parents.

Selfie of Pat Adams with her granddaughter.

3. Why did you choose to become a monthly donor to FortWhyte?

FortWhyte’s guiding principles fit with what I value, protecting our environment, education and a love of nature. While I am still trying to find ways to lessen my impact on the environment by making wise consumer choices and creating a wildlife friendly habitat in my own garden, I know that I still have so much to learn. FortWhyte Alive continues to be a place of learning for me.

FortWhyte is an excellent example of how to live with nature and learn from nature.

4. What is your favourite memory at FortWhyte?

During the pandemic lock down, I was so glad that I could still walk the trails, often with a friend, trails that offer both physical and mental benefits. My favourite memory was when my friend and I were stopped by the loud and persistent noise of two blue jays in the trees at the top of the hill on the south trail. As we stood quietly to try to find the source of their frustration, the most majestic grey owl flew out of the trees and across the marsh. It was awe inspiring.

It's nice to enjoy a space that has mental and physical benefits.

5. What would you tell someone who is considering donating to FortWhyte?

Our children and grandchildren will face tough decisions in the years ahead, problems created by my generation and those before me. If all of us are going to make the changes necessary then we need to learn and we must value nature. The work done at FortWhyte Alive offers us that future.


Thank you Pat for donating, thank you for making environmental education possible!

Interested in becoming a monthly donor or making a one-time donation? Visit Make a Gift to learn more.