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Virtual Outdoor Education

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FortWhyte Alive offers virtual programs for all Manitoba teachers. We know that you and your students are full of inquiry and would like to learn more about local plants and animals, cultural history, outdoor skills and environmental sustainability, themes also contained in our onsite school programs. Let our FortWhyte interpreters share their knowledge with your classroom virtually!

We will join you on your platform of choice: Microsoft Teams, Zoom or Google Meets. If you require us to supply the virtual platform, we can host you on Zoom or Google Meets.

Grades: K-4: 30 minutes ($60)

Grades: 5-12: 45 minutes ($70)

Your program package includes:

  • A themed PowerPoint presentation facilitated by a FortWhyte interpreter 
  • Live Q&A period
  • Teaching resource with indoor and outdoor pre-program and follow-up activity ideas to expand your students’ learning experience

When booking, please provide your classroom’s grade level, number of students, program requested, and three preferred date and time options, and any other details we should know about your group.

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Waste Reduction

Kindergarten – Grade 8

Reduce, reuse, recycle!  Learn the ABC’s of recycling, you might be surprised about what can and can’t go in the blue bin.  Plus discover ways to reduce how much waste you produce as well as tips on packing a waste free lunch.


Réduction de pollution de déchets

Maternelle – 8e année

Réduire, réutiliser, recycler!  Apprenez l’ABC du recyclage, vous pourriez être surpris de ce qui peut et ne peut pas aller dans la poubelle bleue.  Découvrez également des moyens de réduire la quantité de déchets que vous produisez, ainsi que des conseils pour préparer un dîner sans déchets.

Waste Audit: What’s in Your Waste?

Grade 5 – Grade 8

We throw things in the garbage rarely thinking about the impact it’s having on our planet – out of sight, out of mind. But our trash is adding up, we’re running out of room for our garbage and landfills are contributing to global climate change. Conducting a waste audit is a great way to assess what your school is throwing away and how to come up with alternatives to the trash.  We’ll explain the process step by step so you can help to fight the war on waste.



Kindergarten – Grade 8

Did you know that ⅓ of household waste is compostable?  When food and plant material go to the landfill, they create greenhouse gases, which are contributing to global climate change.  Discover how composting can help reduce our impact on the planet and get tips on how to start composting at home or at school.


Manitoba Mammals

Kindergarten – Grade 12

Manitoba is full of magnificent mammals from north to south and east to west. Learn to recognize some of our most exciting mammals, and discover their biology, behaviour and the human impacts they face.


Mammifères manitobains

Maternelle – 4e année 

Ici au Manitoba, nous avons beaucoup de mammifères magnifiques de chaque côté! Apprenez comment reconnaître bien les mammifères extraordinaires du Manitoba et découvrez leurs biologies, comportements et les défis auxquels ils font face à cause des humains.


Wacky Weather

Kindergarten – Grade 8

Cloudy, rainy, sunny, snowy, hot, cold…we have so many weather words to learn.  How water and sunshine combine to make our weather. Discover how weather impacts animals and plants, and how we can protect our atmosphere and climate.


Météo farfelu

Maternelle – 8e année 

Nuageux, pluvieux, ensoleillé, enneigé, chaud, froid… nous avons tant de mots météorologiques à apprendre. Comment l’eau et le soleil se combinent pour créer notre temps. Découvrez l’impact du temps sur les animaux et les plantes, et comment nous pouvons protéger notre atmosphère et notre climat.


Amazing Adaptations

Grade 4 – Grade 8 (45 min)

Animals and plants are adapted to their habitats in many ways. Learn about some fascinating physical and behavioural adaptations which make different animals fit perfectly into their role in a forest, wetland or grassland.


Adaptations admirables

4e – 8e année (45 min)

​​Les animaux et les plantes sont adaptés à leur habitat de nombreuses façons. Découvrez des adaptations physiques et comportementales fascinantes qui permettent à différents animaux de s’adapter parfaitement à leur rôle dans une forêt, une zone humide ou une prairie.


Local Biodiversity

Grade 5 – Grade 8

In Manitoba, there are so many different living things and ecosystems around us to discover. Learn all about different plants, animals, fungi, and microbes that live locally – you’ll discover a world of difference in our own backyards!


Biodiversité chez vous

5e – 8e année 

Au Manitoba, il y a beaucoup d’êtres vivants et d’écosystèmes différents à découvrir autour de nous. Apprenez tout sur les différentes plantes, les animaux, les champignons et les microbes qui vivent localement – vous découvrirez un monde de différence dans nos propres cours!


People of the Prairies

Grade 4 – Grade 8 (45 min)

Learn the history of peoples local to the prairie lands in what we now call Manitoba. Discover the past ways of life of First Nations, Métis, and European settlers. Where did they live? What animals and plants did they depend on for food, shelter and more? Many cultures, a shared history and the unique plants and animals of the prairies all influence our lives today.


Peuples des prairies

4e année – 8e année (45 min)

Apprenez l’histoire des peuples des prairies de la place que nous appelons aujourd’hui le Manitoba. Découvrez les modes de vie passés des Premières Nations, des Métis et des colons européens. Où vivaient-ils ? De quels animaux et de quelles plantes dépendent-ils pour se nourrir, s’abriter et plus encore? De nombreuses cultures, une histoire commune et les plantes et animaux uniques des prairies influencent nos vies aujourd’hui.


Winter Birds

Kindergarten – Grade 8

Discover the birds in our community who stay all winter long. Where do they find food? What shelter do they live in? How do they stay warm? Discover the birds in your community and learn about safe ways to enjoy and support them.


Oiseaux d’hiver

Maternelle – 8e année

Découvrez les oiseaux de notre communauté qui restent pendant tout l’hiver. Ou trouve-t-il de la nourriture? Dans quels abris vivent-ils? Comment reste-il au chaud? Apprenez à propos des vies incroyables des oiseaux et des façons sécuritaire d’apprécier et supporter les oiseaux dans votre communauté.


Snow and Winter Weather

Kindergarten – Grade 8

Living in a Manitoba climate means that we live in a winter world for nearly half of the year. Embrace the winter weather by learning why we experience winter, learn about snow’s amazing properties, and how animals and plants survive and thrive in a winter world.


Wilderness Survival

Kindergarten – Grade 8

Learn the importance of preparation and sound decisions in a wilderness survival situation. Learn how to pack a survival bag, tools to help in a survival situation and steps to follow when confronted with the need to survive in the wilderness.


Slow the Flow

Kindergarten – Grade 12

Book a FortWhyte Alive educator to talk with your students about water’s importance for humans and habitats, water conservation, and Winnipeg’s drinking water source. Available to City of Winnipeg schools free of charge.

Program Sponsor : City of Winnipeg Water and Waste Department 

Learn more about Slow the Flow.

Présentation EcoL’eau

Maternelle – 12e année

Réservez un(e) éducateur/éducatrice de FortWhyte Alive pour discuter avec votre classe de l’importance d’eau pour les humains et habitats, la conservation d’eau et la source d’eau potable de Winnipeg. Disponible pour les écoles à Winnipeg seulement.


And so. much. more.


  • Goodness Gracious Geese
  • Water Quality
  • Available September 20 – October 29


  • Winter Birds
  • Snow and Winter Weather
  • Available November 1 – December 17, January 17 – March 25


  • Spring has Sprung
  • Life Cycles
  • Goodness Gracious Geese
  • Water Quality
  • Available April 14 – June 24


Looking for another topic?

Contact us directly if you have a nature topic that didn’t make the list. With advance notice, our FortWhyte Educators will customize programs to meet the needs of you and your students. 

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