There's always something new to discover at FortWhyte Alive.
Join us at FortWhyte Alive this May for wet and muddy fun as we watch nature wake up from its long winter nap and spring into action! We're sure that you are just as ready as we are for warm(ish) outdoor adventures. Check out all the great things this season has to offer:
Jump on a Bison Safari
Climb aboard and go beyond the gates, deep into our bison prairie to experience your first up-close encounter with a herd of grunting, munching bison. These striking animals are stoic, hairy and huge! But don’t take our word for it -- you’ve got to see it to believe it. This rare opportunity to get acquainted with these iconic prairie giants is not only wildly entertaining, but also an adventure that will leave you knowing more about how these magnificent beasts have shaped the history of the prairies. Join us on one of our weekly safaris, happening every Thursday this May, and check out our newborn crew of baby bison. Click here for all the info!
Springtime Sustainable Living
While the world celebrates Earth Day every year on the third Sunday in April, we try to remind everyone that Earth Day should be every day! As we watch buds blossom on the trees and fuzzy yellow gosling take their first steps into the world this spring, try to think about the daily choices that you can make to ensure that the world is a healthy place for new growth. Celebrate social sustainability by purchasing Fair Trade goods during Fair Trade Month – enjoy 15% off of fair trade coffee and tea from the Nature Shop during the month of May! Get down and dirty with a sustainable backyard through the purchase of a rain barrel or a composter, also available at the Nature Shop. The babies who are being welcomed into this world will thank you for it!
Spoilin’ our Mamas
Mothers Day is upon us and we can’t wait to spoil our favourite ladies. Brunch at FortWhyte Alive is quite a popular option – so popular that our annual Mother’s Day Brunch is already sold out! The Buffalo Stone Café serves a delicious and healthy breakfast all day, every day – so maybe this is the year to take your Mom out for breakfast a day or two early, (or late!). If you have been dying to get out to the Nature Shop to pick up a Coal & Canary Candle or locally made art for your Mom this year, this is the week to do it! Spend $20 at the Nature Shop before Mother’s Day and you will be entered to win a fabulous Mother’s Day gift basket. We know that all that Moms really want is quality time shared with you, so why not come out for a relaxing walk to enjoy some fresh air, or a bike ride to get the family moving. She sure deserves it!
Paddlefest & FortWhyte Farms' Open House and Plant Sale
Blooming buds in the backyard and perfect days for paddling… undoubtedly the best parts of warm weather in spring! Visit FortWhyte Farms for their Open House and Plant sale to take part in tours, games, demos, and plant sales – or just stop by to visit with our new Kuna Kuna pigs. MEC will be co-hosting Paddlefest on the same day so that you can celebrate the official start of water-sport season in Manitoba - workshops, voyageur canoeing and bannock baking… oh my!
Get your Adventure On
It doesn’t matter what age you are, spring is the time to get movin’ and shakin’! This May we have programs going on that everyone will love. Families can get competitive (or not) with a Family Photo Challenge –take a picture at each stop on our list and you are guaranteed to have a memorable visit! Older adults are welcome to join us on a one-hour leisure walk for good chats and natures best every Thursday morning for the whole summer. For those who crave a bit of adventure, why not rent a canoe, rowboat or bicycle for a few hours? Check out our Events Calendar for more inspiration for May fun. Notice an abundance of fun activities that you would like to join in on? Consider becoming a member at FortWhyte Alive – 364 days of fun in the natural world.
Learning stations were put together by scientists and experts from Manitoba Agriculture, the South Central Eco Institute, Nutrients for Life and the University of Manitoba – people passionate about soil and nutrient management. In attendance were over 40 Grades 9-12 students and their teachers from 6 different schools, both rural and urban. Many of the students who attended are planning to take part in a Manitoba Envirothon competition this year – the theme this year is Agricultural Soils and Water Conservation Stewardship, and students who attended Dig It! are going to be well prepared for their Envirothon field tests!
Throughout the day, students were given the chance to see how concepts they learn in science and geography such as soil erosion, nutrient cycles, weather systems and climate change, and environmental decision-making, applies in the real world of agricultural land and water management.
Students left with a deeper understanding of what is involved in making decisions that manage soil and water sustainably… and with a stronger interest in possible careers in environmental science, agriculture or soil science.
A big thank you to Manitoba Agriculture and Fertilizer Canada for their support, and to presenters from University of Manitoba and South Central Eco Institute for donating their time to run this great event.
Earth Day 2017 was a blast! We had a great day of outdoor recreation, fun times at the farm, some excellent live entertainment, green transportation, and nature-based learning– all in the name of celebrating our planet. We'd like to extend a big FortWhyte Alive thank you to:
Finally, thanks to all of you that came out to take some time out to honour and appreciate this incredible planet we are so lucky to call home. Let's make Earth Day, every day.
In the early 1970s, key players in the wildlife conservation movement in Manitoba were frustrated with the lack of interest in environmental issues showed by the majority of educated, affluent city people. They knew that seemingly far-removed issues needed to be addressed, but if they couldn’t make the people in power care, who would? Out of this concern rose the idea of the ‘trickle-up’ theory; these individuals bounced around the idea that children visiting a nature centre could develop a passion for conservation and grow up to become stewards of the earth.
These progressive thinkers became the founders of FortWhyte Alive, a destination that has since evolved well past the vision of a modest nature centre, into a premiere multi-use area prioritizing experiential environmental education, outdoor recreation and social enterprise – a true urban oasis educating future leaders about nature… in nature.
FortWhyte Alive would not be what it is without the invaluable support of charitable and socially conscious, community-minded corporate supporters like Stantec.
The environment is a core priority for Stantec and they invest in building better communities through the financial support of projects that are in line with their brand. FortWhyte Alive’s commitment to environmental education fits perfectly with Stantec’s dedication to this area of community development, and as a result both organizations value a strong partnership forged over eight years of support of FWA’s environmental education offerings, like our spring program, Ever-Changing Ecology.
“At Stantec, we are a strong believer in supporting the efforts of local charities to better our communities. As a company that offers environmental consulting services, we take special interest in doing our part to preserve and safeguard our environment. We are proud to support FortWhyte Alive’s imaginative and interactive programs for children as a way to teach future leaders about principles of sustainable development and raise awareness in environmental conservation and management practices.”
Stantec’s efforts allow FortWhyte Alive to connect the leaders of tomorrow with the natural world so that they may learn to enjoy, understand and sustain it. We are truly grateful for their support!
The Leak Detector Challenge provides an opportunity for students and families to become more aware of the amount of water that can be lost due to leaks every day. This conserved water also translates to savings on your City water bill!
Schools that took part involved a range of students from young as Grade 2 up to adult learners. Each group came away with further actions they will be taking to educate others in their school about the importance of water and water conservation. New ideas include changing behaviours, such as not playing with the motion detection water fountain, to developing posters and presentations for the rest of the school, to finding other ways to conserve including using reusable water bottles.
Want to get involved? The Leak Detector Challenge happens every October and March.
Want to start saving water now? Follow these easy tips!
Slow the Flow and the Leak Detector Challenge are supported by funding from the City of Winnipeg Water and Waste Department.