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FortWhyte Alive is excited to announce an investment of $4.7 million from the Government of Canada’s New Building Canada Fund in support of capital improvement projects to further expand its acclaimed ecotourism offerings and essential environmental education programs for Manitoba children.
Today, the Honourable Jim Carr, Minister of International Trade Diversification, announced the funding at a press conference held at FortWhyte Alive’s Alloway Reception Centre.
“This critical investment propels FortWhyte Alive into an exciting new phase,’’ said Liz Wilson, President & CEO of FortWhyte Alive. “Increasing our capacity will enrich environmental education for Manitoba children. New outdoor recreation and ecotourism opportunities will draw more local and international visitors each year. We are incredibly grateful for this support.”
Funding will support FortWhyte Alive in two extensive improvement projects:
Improvements will exhibit FortWhyte’s commitment to environmental sustainability with a focus on net-zero construction and renewable energy.
Construction is slated to begin late 2019 with a planned re-opening of the Interpretive Centre in summer 2020 and Buffalo Crossing in summer 2021.
“This commitment, among others from key investors, energizes us as we move towards breaking ground,’’ said Wilson. “We look forward to sharing more in coming months and engaging our passionate and dedicated community on this project soon.”
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Children running carefree down a forested trail. Scanning nearby trees for birds. Building forts from fallen logs. The imagery around Forest School – a worldwide movement focused on bringing pre-school-aged children back outside – is pretty magical.
But, it's more than that. Forest School is ideal for parents who are passionate about sparking a sense of curiosity in their children and laying the foundation for a life of environmental stewardship.
But at the end of the day – what makes Forest School different?
At Forest School, we view children as competent, curious, and capable learners. We trust that they will learn at their own pace and that the natural environment will provide rich learning opportunities.
We use place-based, inquiry-driven learning opportunities to expand their vocabulary, deepen their understanding of the natural world, challenge them physically, and so much more. At Forest School, the children learn to trust themselves and their ability to work through challenging moments, successfully interact with their friends, and learn new skills.
Relationships are in integral part of Forest School. They come in many forms, and flourish in our natural, open-ended setting. Forest School is a sustained process of regular and repeated visits to the same natural space, allowing for time for the children to connect with the land and develop a sense of belonging within the group.
We love watching the children create meaningful relationships with their peers. We also love watching the children develop relationships with other living things, like the plants and animals around our space.
If you could return to the freedom of your childhood, what would you be doing? Probably playing, right? At Forest School, we value play as a vehicle for learning and skill development. We also value the time children need to dive deeply into meaningful play with others, which is why we always allow time for unstructured, uninterrupted free play.
Each day is different. Whether we spend time exploring, climbing, running, make-believing, singing, reflecting, laughing, or creating friendships, it is all just a regular part of our day.
Fall registration for Forest School is NOW open.
Volunteers from all walks of life are the lifeblood of FortWhyte Alive. Volunteers are the ones on the ground, cultivating relationships with nature and making a difference in real time. You make the magic happen, FortWhyte Alive volunteers!
We sat down with Adrian to chat a little bit about his volunteer role at FortWhyte Alive, and what inspired him to get involved in his community.
Within School Programs, I‘ve led many of the nature programs for elementary school kids in both English and French. I also enjoy doing navigation, weather, farm programs, and voyageur fur trading as well as the cultural history program, People of the Prairies.
Occasionally I do Corporate Programs, which are one-time guided experiences with adult groups from anywhere in North America and sometimes overseas. The more exotic the group, the more I like it. Once I guided a group of retired police women from various cities in the US. One of them gave me a City of Milwaukee Police shoulder patch.
There were many reasons: my of love nature, teaching, cultural history, weather and
meeting people. When I found out I could also work in French, that was a bonus!
I’ve met with many volunteers, and they come from varied backgrounds and interests. Younger volunteers can gain valuable experience for careers in teaching, environmental professions, and interacting with the public. For retired volunteers like myself, it’s an opportunity to further develop skills already learned and to learn new ones. Also, working in an outdoor, natural environment is very therapeutic.
In addition to the above benefits, it gave me a reason to continue studying in many areas. One of them was French, which I had studied for many years, but I had never worked with it. Now my spoken French is better than it has ever been.
I invite others to volunteer because I know there is always a need for volunteers at FWA, and I like helping people find ways to fulfil themselves in a way they’ve never dreamed possible.
I have a lot of special memories of kids with stories to tell. One in particular was a boy about grade two-or-three. He was very enthusiastic about telling me about his love for farming. I asked him if he would like to be a farmer when he grew up. He answered, “I’m a farmer now!”
He went on to explain how his father had given him the care and feeding of one hog. This little guy must have had a great father.
From all of us, thank you Adrian for your commitment and motivation to create change in our community.
Head to fortwhyte.org/volunteering to learn more and apply today.
You inspired Dani to take action on the climate crisis.
Outdoor learning leads to a deeper respect for nature. At FortWhyte, students learn by doing. Hands-on experiments help kids establish a direct line of sight from field trip to future fieldwork.
Donors like you lay the groundwork for lasting change.
As a child, Dani learned to dipnet on FortWhyte's boardwalks. And she is still dipnetting today! Her aquatic research contributes to our understanding of climate change in Canada's Arctic.
The countless hours I spent at FortWhyte Alive as a kid taught me to care about the environment. Now I am trying to understand the impact of climate change on the Arctic.
– Dani Nowosad, Research Tech, Polar Knowledge Canada
Hands-on science days connect students with researchers who are dedicating their work to increase our understanding of the impacts of climate change on ecosystems and people. These future climate leaders get their hands dirty learning about water sampling, dipnetting, water chemistry, shoreline remediation and our own watershed.
These experiences at FortWhyte Alive are more than “just a fieldtrip”. These foundational outdoor experiences are eye-opening and result in lasting appreciation and stewardship of our planet. This way, students have environmental experiences that matter and endure – ones that see them learning about protecting nature, in nature.
We’re inspired by you! Your passion and participation prove that every one of us can make a difference as we work towards a more sustainable future. Together, we can continue on a path to change by connecting humans with nature!
Check out more stories of change in our 2018 Impact Report
Wow. Huge thanks to all of you who came out to the 5th Annual Great Escape! We are simply blown away by your enthusiasm, generosity and all around awesomeness. You raised a record-breaking $15,000 in support of environmental education for young people in our community.
What a night it was! By the looks of it, you had an absolute blast at our one-night-only summer camp for adults. We know we did!
Tasked with completing a list of challenges in order to earn a camp badge, guest 'campers' explored FortWhyte Alive, participating in child-like fun along the way. Attendees were treated to a night of traditional summer camp activities – axe throwing, grilled cheese making, crafting, face painting and more.
We owe a giant thank you to our stage sponsor, The North Face. How cool was their Polaroid photo booth? Thanks to our bar sponsor Lake of the Woods Brewery for bringing the craft brews to kick camp up a notch. Thanks to Redbull for ensuring our guests were fuelled up and ready to participate in all kinds of activities.
Further thanks goes out to our event partner Bothwell Cheese for ensuring that there was enough grilled cheese to go around. Thanks to Cabela's Winnipeg for heating things up with a fire starting competition. Last but not least, thanks to Lumberjax Axe Throwing for keeping the night on target. A special shout out to our amazing raffle prizes provided by our friends at Wildwoods Hideaway and Wilder Goods, just to name a few.
Our thanks to FortWhyte Alive volunteers for their efforts in pulling off this one-night-only summer camp event. We couldn't do it without you!
And last but certainly not least, there wouldn't be a summer camp for adults without our super enthusiastic campers, competing for camp badges, and posting hilarious photos along the way.
Thank you for doing good in our community — funds raised support environmental education programs for Manitoba students. THANK YOU!
Take a look at some photos from the evening.