There's always something new to discover at FortWhyte Alive.
What a night! We had an absolute blast hosting the third annual Great Escape, our summer camp for adults, at FortWhyte Alive on Thursday, July 20.
Tasked with completing a list of tasks in order to earn a camp badge, guest 'campers' explored FortWhyte Alive, participating in child-life fun along the way. Attendees were treated to a night of traditional summer camp activities – canoeing, archery, tug-o-war, tie-dying, and more – in addition to some new, more 'adult' favourites, like fire starting competitions, axe throwing, and campfire grilled cheese sandwiches!
Canada is home to 20% of the world’s freshwater, yet most is not available to us because it is frozen or underground. We have about 9% of the world’s renewable (replenished by rainfall and inflow) freshwater, yet Canada only has 0.5% of the world’s population. This makes us very fortunate!
As citizens of a ‘freshwater-rich’ country like Canada, we have an obligation to make sure that our water remains abundant and healthy in order to sustain us, and the natural world well into the future. At FortWhyte Alive, we are embarking on an exciting new project that will educate about freshwater conservation and monitoring; and promote the Lake Winnipeg Foundation Community Based Monitoring (CBM) Network. Engaging citizens in Winnipeg about CBM will not only strengthen local awareness of water stewardship issues, but will also increase the amount of empirical evidence regarding water quality which will support stewardship action for health and environmental issues.
FortWhyte Alive’s Model Watershed program will engage the public through K-12 educational programs, public education and action projects and through partnerships with Universities and other stakeholders. Some of the goals of this program include:
This initiative has been made possible through the generosity of these community-minded organizations:
To learn more about FortWhyte's water monitoring workshops for educators, please visit www.fortwhyte.org/
Walk (and eat) your way to sustainability when you visit FortWhyte Alive!
Enjoy a morning stroll in the forests, then relax over lunch at the Buffalo Stone Cafe – serving local food that not only is socially conscious, but kind to the planet. The Fresh From The Farm Salad is now available all summer, featuring ripe, in-season veggies and herbs grown right here at FortWhyte Farms.
For more tips on how you can sustainable eating, check out Connor's Tips for Eating Sustainably and Supporting Local, or Danielle's Local Food Tips!
Last week, we had the pleasure of celebrating our most dedicated volunteers at our annual Spring Season Wind-up BBQ. 75 volunteers and 20 FortWhyte staffers joined us for this year's Hawaiian themed get-together, which marked the end of very busy spring season. And there was reason to celebrate: our volunteers racked up a whopping 3,200 volunteer hours this spring alone. Thank you FortWhyte Alive volunteers!
This event wouldn't have be possible without the support of our friends. A big thank you to:
In addition to celebrating the end of school programs for the summer, we toasted longtime volunteers Barb & Lloyd Stankey, and Gerry & Willard Land. Beginning in 1988, Barb Stankey and Gerry Land took on the role of Branta Bulletin volunteers. Their husbands, as they retired, eventually joined them – as Lloyd Stankey reminisces, “I remember organizing the labels and Canada Post manilla envelopes on my living room and hallway floors back then.” After years of volunteering in various roles – at FortWhyte events, on the mailing team, and even building Nature Shop giftbags out of recycled copies of Branta/Life newsletters (something Lloyd is famous for around FWA) – the Lands and Stankeys have been working behind the scenes as of late, diligently folding membership letters. We were honoured to recognize both the Lands' and Stankeys' years of volunteer service at this year's Spring Season Wind-Up, and presented the Stankeys with a framed photo by FortWhyte Member John Pelechaty (the Lands were unfortunately unable to attend, but will receive their plaque at a later date).
Want to be in attendance at next year's BBQ? Click here for all the info on volunteering at FortWhyte Alive!
FortWhyte Alive's Trash Can Jam is well under way, with many schools stepping up to the challenge!
A big thank you to all our participating schools this past spring, all of which were successful in completing the Trash Can Jam Challenge!:
And a big congratulations to Ecole Dieppe! They were randomly selected from all participating schools and have won 25 family passes for their students to visit Fort Whyte Alive over the coming months!
Schools can be a significant source of waste production, as the average student produces up to 30 kilograms of waste per year. Congratulations to these schools for taking up the challenge this past winter and tackling their waste production head on!
Are you a teacher visiting looking to visit next school year wondering how to get your class involved in the Trash Can Jam?
Step 1: Pre-register for the challenge by contacting the School Bookings office by phone: 204-989-8355 ext. 206, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Step 2: Complete the challenge! All disposable lunch garbage produced by your group must fit into the provided 5-litre pail (per 30 students).
Visit this page for more details about the rules, as well as resources to help you complete the challenge.
Don't forget to use the hashtag #TDTrashCanJam to boast your student's waste reduction success at both FortWhyte Alive, and in the classroom!
While this is a fun way for classrooms reduce waste while on their field trip to FortWhyte, it would be even better if we could all cut down on the amount of trash we create each and every day. Let's all take the Trash Can Jam Challenge, shall we?