There's always something new to discover at FortWhyte Alive.
With blustery conditions, and freezing cold temperatures, our 5k and 10k racers showed nature who's boss, braving the chill and running in support of FortWhyte Alive's environmental education programs. The day was capped off with a toasty bonfire, complete with celebratory s'mores and smokies.
Thank you to everyone who participated in this uniquely Winnipeg event- and to our volunteers, staff, and supporters, who made this day possible.
Keep an eye out for our ever-popular Frightening Fiver, returning to FortWhyte's trails in the Fall of 2018.
With over 40 yogis in attendance, FortWhyte Alive's second annual Fire + Ice Yoga festival on Saturday, February 3 was a uniquely Winnipeg outdoor yoga experience!
This very cool practice was lead by Lululemon Ambassador and Creator of Wildpath, Ash Bourgeois. Doors opened at 11am, with the yoga session beginning at 11:30am on FortWhyte's frozen lake. Participants enjoyed a fun and interactive yoga experience in frigid temperatures, and took in the occasional wildlife sighting after practice during snowshoe hikes and exploring FortWhyte!
After practice, participants got to enjoy wildcrafted tea over the fire courtesy of our sponsor, Hollow Reed Holistics. We enjoyed gooey s'mores, an indoor wild tea blend craft, snowshoe adventures and tobogganing down our Richardson Run.
Big thanks to all our volunteers for taking the time out of their day to make this magic happen. A big thanks also goes out to all the registrants for purchasing tickets to this event, which benefits FortWhyte Alive's environmental education programming.
More exciting adventures are on the horizon in the next coming weeks, so be sure to check back at our Events Calendar for upcoming events and programs!
Photo: Amber McGuckin/Global Winnipeg.
February 2 is World Wetlands Day. We know, a strange time of year to celebrate water -- our water is frozen pretty solid in Winnipeg right now. But in 1971, this date marked the signing of the Convention on Wetlands in Ramsar, Iran -- an international treaty for the conservation and sustainable use of wetlands.
Why are wetlands important to FortWhyte Alive?
The wetlands at FortWhyte bring us both a feeling of peace and a boost of energy, depending on the season -- from goslings and ducklings plopping into the ponds for their first swim in spring, to zooming dragonflies and lazy turtles on hot summer days, to spotting the tracks of a mink traveling through the snow looking for muskrats.
What you may not notice is the cattails and plants around the marsh edge quietly sucking up nutrients that could cause algae blooms downstream, and that in the still waters of the pond, soil particles are settling out, leaving behind clearer, cleaner water.
Did you know that a wetland is even an essential component in FortWhyte Alive’s sustainable wastewater treatment system? Our treatment system was the first of its kind in Winnipeg when it was built in 2001.
How it works...
Does it work?
Yes! FortWhyte Alive water chemistry tests have shown that the constructed wetland at removes over 90% of the phosphorus from the wastewater that enters it, returning the concentration to a safe level for lake health.
Why does this matter?
Wetlands must be valued for the services that they provide for ecosystem health, but also for the benefits they can give to us as humans who want to take better care of our environment.
Happy World Wetlands Day!
Water is life. Chances are you’re aware of drought and lack of clean drinking water in far-off places around the globe and places closer to home, too. While these environmental issues have the tendency to make us feel powerless, there are many small actions we each can take to make a positive impact. Why not start by look at ways you can conserve clean water right at home?
While most of us are so lucky to have clean potable water available in plentiful amounts, it’s our responsibility not to flush that privilege down the drain.
The Family Leak Detector Challenge is a fun and easy activity that you complete in your own home, and it is a great way to involve your whole family in conserving precious water.
How to save water and WIN!
Here's how you and your family can participate:
All participants will be entered to win a FortWhyte Alive rain barrel!
Other prizes include FortWhyte Alive memberships, and shower timers will be gifted to all participants.
FortWhyte Alive delivers the Slow the Flow Youth Education program with support from the City of Winnipeg Water and Waste Department.
Did you know the average child spends more than 7 hours per day in front of a screen? Researchers believe that this has contributed to increased rates of both childhood obesity and prescriptions for childhood mental health problems (like ADHD).
It's time to move away from screen time, and try some green time.
The benefits of giving your child the gift of regular and repeated experiences in nature are numerous and overwhelmingly positive. With the natural environment as a our guide, FortWhyte Alive's Forest School offers child-directed, emergent and inquiry-based learning all under the guidance of a Forest School Practitioner.
Click here for information on other FortWhyte Forest School sessions and dates.
New to Forest School?
Check out these Upcoming FREE Learning Opportunities!
Tuesday, February 13 7pm at FortWhyte Alive (Interpretive Centre)
Saturday, March 3 10am – 1pm at FortWhyte Alive (Siobhan Richardson Field Station)