There's always something new to discover at FortWhyte Alive.
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.
FortWhyte Alive's Trash Can Jam Challenge marked it's fourth season this past winter, and the results are in…
A big thank you to all our participating schools this past winter, all of which were successful in completing the Trash Can Jam Challenge!:
And a big congratulations to Polson School! They were randomly selected from all participating schools and have won 25 passes toward a FortWhyte Alive field trip before the end of the school year!
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 us soon wondering how to get your class involved in the Trash Can Jam for your chance at a free field trip?
Step 1: Pre-register for the challenge by contacting the School Bookings office by phone: 204-989-8355 ext. 206, or by email at email@example.com.
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?
“It’s a learning experience and an opportunity to spread environment awareness.”
These are the key reasons 24-year-old Zabrina Yaremko volunteers at FortWhyte Alive. Many young people choose the FWA volunteer program because it offers the hands-on experience they need for their careers and a strong reference for their resumes. Zabrina did not have a lot of experience volunteering and wasn’t even sure where to start, but a lunch at the Buffalo Stone Café sparked fond memories of her school field trips and the FWA website provided the information on how to get connected.
She started volunteering at FortWhyte in 2014 after completing her Four Year Bachelor of Science Degree in Environmental Studies (Forest Ecology stream) and Biology (Four-year stream). She was a great fit for the School Program Leader role because she likes to keep active, appreciates FortWhyte’s diversity of ecosystems, and wanted more leadership experience. She attended training, and after only a few months of volunteering, Zabrina accepted a winter term employment position at FortWhyte in which she gained more experience and a better understanding of the education program.
Zabrina stands out as a volunteer because she makes time for her volunteering, even as she continues to focus on her career goals within the city of Winnipeg’s Forestry Branch. She is a great advocate for FortWhyte Alive, spreading awareness of environmental issues and bringing Canadian history to life for our school program students and families. She says it is very satisfying to show new “critters” to children and adults and to see their wonder at how much life there is where they thought there was nothing.
Zabrina encourages others to volunteer at FortWhyte Alive as it is a great place to gain career skills and a wonderful opportunity to support environmental education.
Want to join our amazing volunteer crew? Click here to learn more about becoming a school program leader.
FortWhyte Alive's coolest party of the year truly lived up to it's name (and reputation) this year! With chilly temperatures in the minus teens, the hardiest Manitobans amongst us came out in droves to celebrate all things winter at our 3rd annual Lake Shaker on Saturday, March 11. A sell-out event once again, the Lake Shaker raised over $7000 in support of nature education programming at FortWhyte Alive. Thank you to our sponsors, attendees, volunteers and staff for being a part of this memorable evening:
The smell of bonfire may have subsided, but memories of this wild fundraiser will stick around for years to come.