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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.
The 8th Annual Arctic Science Day was held Thursday, March 9th, and brought together students from Grades 7-12 together with research scientists from the University of Manitoba (CEOS) and the Department of Fisheries and Oceans on the frozen lakes of FortWhyte Alive. This year, though the March sun felt warm on the face, our intrepid budding researchers braved -18 Celsius and 30 km/hr winds… and kept in good spirits all day!
This annual event has been made possible through a long-standing partnership with Schools on Board and ArcticNet, an outreach program developed to bridge Arctic research with science education; to increase awareness of issues related to climate change, and to educate youth about the challenges and career opportunities of Arctic research.
On Arctic Science Day, scientists arrive early in the morning to set up the Field Station as a research camp, with a meteorological station, ice coring equipment, ice-fishing tents for water and biota sampling, and displays of baleen and seal skins.
A total of 74 students from 17 high schools arrived onsite, and were greeted and offered additional warm clothes for the day. They soon met up with their FWA volunteer who hiked with them out to their first learning station of the day on remote Lake Cargill.
Stations included aquatic biology, marine mammals, meteorology, archaeology, ice coring and contaminants. Students took an ice core out of the lake, collected and analyzed water samples for aquatic life, measured the weather conditions, tracked a GPS tag on a ‘beluga,’ examined artifacts from Paleo-Inuit archeological digs, and discovered the science behind mercury contamination in the food chain.
In addition, 91 students from 2 junior high schools were hosted by scientists set up at the Interpretive Centre. Students learned about the role of hunting in Inuit culture and got to handle skin clothing and put their hands into a muskox pelt; they then donned gloves to pick through a “seal stomach” (made of grape Jell-O) to find out what it ate; and followed that with helping to extract an ice core from the lake to compare the properties of freshwater vs. saltwater ice.
It was a great day because of the efforts of many. A big thanks to all the participating graduate students and researchers, and to Michelle Watts of Schools on Board for her role in coordinating. Thanks to the Winnipeg Art Gallery who donated a tour of the Inuit Art exhibitions to award one of the attending school groups. Another big thank you goes out to dedicated teachers who bring students each year, and to new teachers who attended for the first time. And of course, this day wouldn’t be possible without FortWhyte volunteers who assisted in leading groups of students out onto the ice.
Finally, to all the students who attended Arctic Science Day, we hope you are inspired to share what you are learning about the impacts of climate change on the Arctic ecosystem and human communities. We hope that this experience has made you think about future career choices, and given you a new perspective on the impacts you can make with a career in environmental science and climate change research.
In partnership with Bothwell Cheese and the Winehouse, FortWhyte Alive presented its first ever Wine + Skis on Friday, March 3! A sold out event with just over 80 attendees, this evening in support of environmental education programs combined an outdoor ski / nature hike with a wine and cheese tasting.
The evenings' creative cheese creations by Chef Erica Reimer of the Buffalo Stone Cafe by Diversity Foods paired perfectly with a selection of wine curated by our Winehouse Sommelier Brittany, who walked us through each course, offering further information and insight into each pairing.
Attendees were encouraged to dress in their cheesiest ski attire – which some took VERY literally! Our best dressed winner took home an excellent prize featuring items from Bothwell, a Winehouse gift card and a FortWhyte Alive Membership.
Our thanks to all attendees, and to our friends at Bothwell Cheese and the Winehouse, and to Olympia Cycle and Ski for providing discounted rentals to attendees! Look for our next wine event, coming this summer to FortWhyte Alive.