You’ve made it a goal to spend more time outside this summer – now what? Introducing a line-up of inspired exploration to allow you connect, learn, and explore our intrinsic connection with the natural world. These self-guided experiences will help you see and interact with nature in a new way – and inspire you to keep looking for way to connect and do good for the planet, long after your visit.
Take part in various nature inspired activities, crafts, games, and exploration, and let your adventurous side come to life with us! Each week we will feature a different activity geared towards varying ages, helping you get connected with nature. This program is great for nature-newbies wanting to learn to get outside, and nature experts alike.
Every Saturday 1 - 3 pm
Saturday, June 2 - Wild Seeds Walk - Plants rely on seeds to spread so they can sprout into new plants in other places! Seeds travel in different ways, including in the wind, on waterways, attaching to animals, or being eaten and digested! Go on a seed hunt and find different kinds of seeds along the ground or in waterways! Come back to the interpretive centre with your find, and plant them to take home and grow!
Saturday, June 9 - Kids Craft - Nature Paint Brushes - No paint brush? No problem! Make your own using natural materials you find outdoors! Start with a hike and collect 2-3 different types of leaves, grasses, mosses and other natural materials to bind to a stick. Head back to the interpretive centre to create a Vincent Van Gogh replica with your brush! Remember, leaves of 3, let it be! Keep your eyes out for poison ivy along the way.
Saturday, June 16 - Dandelion Bubbles - Dandelions are weeds, but they are also pretty neat plants! For instance, every part of the dandelion is edible, which makes it safe to put in our mouths! Head outside and pick a dandelion stem. Head back to the Interpretive Centre to grab some bubbles and make your own natural bubble blower!
Saturday, June 23 - Sink and Float - Go on an adventure through the trails, collecting different natural items you find along the way! End your walk by putting the things you found in the water of the Floating Boardwalk Trail to see if they float or sink! Suggested things to collect include sticks, rocks, leafs, sand, pine needles and pine cones!
Saturday, June 30 - Kids Craft - Leaf Art - Head out on the trail and collect some different shaped leaves. When you have a variety of leaves, create some negative space art with them in the interpretive centre! Remember, leaves of 3, let it be! Keep your eyes out for poison ivy along the way.
Saturday, July 7 - Critter Dipping and Discovery Recording - Explore the ponds and marshes of FortWhyte Alive, dipping for critters along the way. Look at the critters, and observe different characteristics about them using our guided sheet! Head back to the Interpretive Centre, and try and identify these critters under the microscope, using a critter identification key.
Saturday, July 14 – Measuring Biodiversity – Help FortWhyte Alive by becoming a citizen scientist! Explore the fields, marshes, lakes and forests of FortWhyte Alive, and record all the species of plants and animals you see on our worksheet! Calculate a “biodiversity index”, and hand in this sheet at the front desk to receive a fun prize for participating!
Saturday, July 21 - Nature Photo Challenge - Head outside with a photo challenge guide and see how many creative nature photos you can take! Tag @fortwhytealive on social media for your photo to be featured!