There's always something new to discover at FortWhyte Alive.
Thanks to you, the 5th Annual Lake Shaker was a night to remember.
Huge gratitude to all of you that came out to 'shake a lake' with us last weekend. We continue to be blown away by your enthusiasm and generosity. You raised over $8,000 in support of environmental education for young people in our community.
Yes, you made that happen. Thank you!
We trust that you slept soundly after a night of fresh air, tobogganing, hatchet throwing, crafting and more — all in the name of a good cause.
Thank you to our sponsors, attendees, and volunteers for being a part of this memorable evening.
We're already looking forward to next year.
We truly believe that exploring, learning and connecting with nature is how we can create change in the world. People like you make it all possible. If you’ve been waiting to join us for a visit, there’s never been a better time than now.
Participants from 20+ schools experienced fieldwork activities in “Winnipeg’s Arctic” — outside on a frozen lake at FortWhyte Alive.
We're big believers in the impacts of experiential education — and here it is in action.
FortWhyte Alive hosted the 10th annual Arctic Science Day on Thursday, March 7th, a day of cold winds but bright sun.
150+ junior high and high school students came to FortWhyte Alive last week for a day of hands-on fieldwork to understand the impacts of climate change on the Arctic.
Arctic Science Day is a free educational opportunity that introduces students and educators to the people, ideas and methods behind climate change research in the Arctic.
Learning stations are led by Arctic scientists and researchers from University of Manitoba - Centre for Earth Observation Sciences and Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada.
Scientists teach youth about Arctic science – physics, chemistry and biology – and share how their research is helping us to understand how warming temperatures caused by climate change are impacting Arctic ecosystems and communities.
Over 70 high school students from 15 different urban and rural schools spent the day visiting research stations on remote Lake Cargill, learning about the dynamics of snow, ice, sunlight, heat, freshwater, and saltwater. Stations covered polar bear, seal and whale research, studies of micro-organisms under sea ice, ocean acidification, toxins and contaminants research, Arctic archaeology, remote sensing technology and more.
At the Interpretive Centre, over 80 middle years students from four schools learned about the challenges of oil spill cleanup in the Arctic, what it’s like to research marine mammals (including touching a real narwhal tusk), and how ice, water, and warming temperatures are affecting life in the Arctic Ocean.
The goal is to inspire and inform youth about future career options in science and environmental studies, and to get them thinking about the role they can play in their own communities to reduce greenhouse gas pollution and human impact on our shared environment.
In the words of an inspired high school student, “I realized how important Arctic research is for understanding and conserving Arctic wildlife, as well as how relevant Arctic research is today.”
A big thank you to FortWhyte Alive volunteers, as well as Dr. John Iacozza, Executive Director of CEOS, and more than 20 graduate students and scientists who took time away from their busy schedules to inspire the next generation.
Thanks to support for Hands-On Science Days from:
Interested in getting involved in Arctic Science Day? Send us an email to explore partnership opportunities for this one-of-a-kind learning experience.
On Thursday, February 28, we partnered once again with Bothwell Cheese and The Winehouse, to present our third annual Wine + Skis event. A sold out event with 96 attendees, this evening in support of environmental education programs combined an outdoor ski (or snowshoe hike) with incredible wine and cheese pairings to enjoy.
The evenings' creative cheese dishes were artfully prepared by John Delaat from the Buffalo Stone Cafe/Diversity Foods. All dishes were paired perfectly with a selection of wine curated by Winehouse sommelier Brittany Monk. Brittany took the time to walk us through each course, offering further information and insight into each pairing.
Over all, this event was able to raise $2500 towards environmental education at FortWhyte Alive!
Thank you to our friends at Bothwell Cheese and the Winehouse for working closely together to offer us that amazing spread, and to Olympia Cycle and Ski for providing discounted rentals to attendees. Huge thanks are in order to our volunteers, Joy, Lou, Mary and Joanne, who guided this unforgettable experience for all in attendance.
And last, but not least, thank you to all attendees for supporting FortWhyte Alive through special events like Wine + Skis! Your attendance supports environmental education programs at FortWhyte Alive -- how cool is that?
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!
Twenty years ago, Lorraine was looking for something to fill the space left after the recent loss of her husband. Bev, her sister, wanted to be supportive – when Lorraine saw an ad in the newspaper for volunteer positions at FortWhyte, they decided to sign up together.
The two sisters thoroughly enjoyed their very first volunteer shifts during Migration Season, working together at the concessions. They have many happy memories of meeting visitors and enjoying the big moment when the geese and gulls land on the lakes at sunset.
According to Bev, the sisters say they had “no idea” that they could expect to meet such good people and find such meaningful friendships through volunteering. The two women have found that FortWhyte Alive attracts interesting people who are young at heart, making it a safe place to step out of your comfort zone and learn new things
Their 20+ years of volunteering in nature has also encouraged Lorraine and Bev to be more aware of the environment and make a difference through sustainable living.
Today, the two sisters volunteer in a role administering a key component of our monthly communication with FortWhyte Alive Members. Lorraine and Bev have administrative backgrounds and their keen attention to detail lends well for this role – and means they get to volunteer together.
Lorraine also volunteers regularly on Saturdays as the Information Desk Attendant as one of the welcoming face of FortWhyte Alive. This role requires her to attend regular training and stay up-to-date on seasonal events and happenings. What makes this role special to her is the connection to young families that enjoy their time seeing the wildlife and exploring the Interpretive Centre.
Bev and Lorraine challenge volunteers to invite their friends to be part of the FortWhyte volunteer program. There are many opportunities to get connected, find your fit – and maybe spend the next twenty years with this supportive, volunteer community.
From all of us, thank you Lorraine and Bev for your commitment and motivation to create change in our community.
Applications for School Program Leaders and other spring seasonal volunteer roles are open now. Deadline to apply is April 1, 2019.
This year's Frozen Fiver was one to remember.
You know that this winter has been one for the books — and we were thrilled at the turnout of our 4th Annual Frozen Fiver that took place this past Sunday, February 10. We welcomed 102 racers championing either a 5km or 10km race.
With cool temperatures, but sunny faces, our 5k and 10k racers braved the chill to run or walk in support of FortWhyte Alive's environmental education programs.
The day was capped off with a celebration of community, complete with a toasty bonfire, s'mores, hotdogs and prizes for top finishers!
Thanks to all who came out to connect with nature, build community and get active — all in support of a good cause.
As always, we need to thank our amazing crew of FortWhyte Alive volunteers. We couldn't do what we do without these dedicated folks — they make the real magic happen!
Special thanks to this year’s supporter who provided a Active Techniques Release Treatment for your race day needs:
A big thanks goes out to Winnipeg Search and Rescue for ensuring all racers made it out of our trails safely.
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE WINNERS!
Check out the winner results below:
5 km Top Finalists
1st Place – Alan Hopkins
2nd Place – Matt Morison
3rd Place – Martin Trendota
10 km Top Finalists
1st Place – Milka Kopp
2nd Place – Jonathan Claassen
3rd Place – Hailey Sharpe
Everyone who gets outside to support environmental education is a winner in our eyes, so thank you!
Stay tuned for the Frightening Fiver, returning to FortWhyte Alive this fall.