There's always something new to discover at FortWhyte Alive.
We've got mothers on the mind here at FortWhyte Alive! We're happy to help you to celebrate the moms in your life with outdoor experiences and fun, earth-friendly gifts.
Need some inspiration? See, smell and taste your way through nature with a wild edibles workshop. Watercolors and Wanderlust and Mother's Medicine are two new offerings, and opportunities to explore your creative side together. There are lots of experiences for you to enjoy this spring – have a look at our events calendar! They make a great last-minute gift.
You know that all Mom really wants is to spend time with you, so perhaps quality time is all that she really needs this spring. Fill up those thermoses with whatever you two fancy and head out for a walk in the fresh spring air. Now is the time to look out for pussy willows, unique birds and all the signs of spring. Wheelchairs are available for anyone with limited mobility so that everyone can enjoy outdoor time together.
There are a lot of awesome things happening at FortWhyte for new moms this spring. A FortWhyte Alive favourite, Born to Be Wild is an opportunity for parents (dads, too!) to take some time for themselves in nature with their newborn in tow. The popular stroller fitness series Fit 4 Two returns once again for moms to enjoy outdoor exercise while hanging out with other moms and tots!
We make it easy to look like a hero on Mother’s Day – we have a jam packed schedule for the whole family to enjoy together! Start your morning off with a beautiful brunch and a glass of something bubbly to make Mom feel extra special.
Prefer to give her something unique to unwrap with her (hint hint) breakfast in bed? Check out the Nature Shop for local and handcrafted finds that will love! If you need some help the visitor receptionists will be happy to help you make a great choice and to wrap it up beautifully.
The Nature Shop is here to connect you with nature and the community — and leave you feeling good about each and every purchase. Not only do we take great care to select items that are produced with the planet in mind, proceeds from the Nature Shop support environmental education programs for young people. How can it get any better than that?
A pastime typically associated with slow-paced nature documentaries and Tilley hats, birding is beginning to take hold in the minds of young people everywhere. Sure, the culture of Instagram photography and inspirational social media feeds can explain this trend, but only in part. If you dig even deeper you can find meaning behind the search for birds — and chances are it affects you, too.
It's no secret that — as a symptom of our modern world — many of us are disconnected from nature. Being unable to identify common birds, wildflowers and trees can be frustrating, and many young people are taking it upon themselves to change that.
This increasing interest in birding points to an innate desire to connect with and experience nature. Here at FortWhyte Alive we see people from all walks of life seeking out events and experiences to learn and reconnect with nature in a meaningful way. Connecting — or reconnecting — with nature is an important step to finding a sense of place and purpose in the world.
We're here to help you reconnect with nature and dip your toe into the fascinating world of birds:
We love celebrating our amazing team of volunteers.
People from all walks of life are part of the magic here at FortWhyte Alive. From teaching youngsters the wonders of Mother Nature, to chopping wood, to tending to animals at the farm, we simply wouldn't have a FortWhyte without the support of our volunteer community.
That's why we always take the time to say thank you. Last week, we had the pleasure of celebrating our most dedicated volunteers at our annual Volunteer Spirit Breakfast. It was a time to gather, share a meal, and recognize the thousands of hours our team of tireless volunteers invests into FortWhyte each season. Thank you, FortWhyte Alive volunteers!
This year, we had another reason to celebrate. A heartfelt congratulations to Judy Stewart, long-time FortWhyte Alive volunteer, for being awarded the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers last month in Ottawa.
The Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers recognizes the exceptional volunteer achievements of Canadians from across the country in a wide range of fields. Congratulations, Judy!
From all of us, THANK YOU! We are feeling inspired and energized by each and every one of you.
And another big thank you to Lafarge, our longstanding volunteer program sponsor.
Thank you to our volunteer program sponsor:
Staged outdoors on FortWhyte’s beautiful lakeside plaza, the Sunset BBQ stands out as our signature fundraiser. The Sunset BBQ has earned a reputation for its unforgettable prizes, relaxed vibe, and undeniably unique setting.
To celebrate the BBQ's 30th anniversary, we're chatting with some of our community champions. First up is Ian Carpick from Rob-Lyn Financial — we caught up with Ian to ask about Rob-Lyn's community priorities.
Tell us a little about who you are.
Rob-Lyn Financial provides wealth advisory services to individuals and families as well as benefits and pension consulting to organizations. We have operated in Winnipeg for 42 years.
Tell us a little bit about the Sunset BBQ.
What sets it apart from other fundraising events? It’s completely unique. Being outside and casual sets it apart from the typical fundraising dinner. Many people are used to the typical stuffy, suit and tie fundraising dinner and this is very different. This event is always a highlight for us and our clients each year!
Why do you believe in investing in environmental education?
We support FortWhyte Alive because we believe that environmental education for young people plays an important part in shaping their development — as well as their appreciation for the community and the planet.
What would you like other supporters to know?
FortWhyte Alive is an amazing organization. Also, with a young family, I have had the benefit of sharing what FortWhyte has to offer with our two young children who love when we bike there in the summer for breakfast and a walk around to see the wildlife.
Join us for the 30th Sunset BBQ at FortWhyte Alive happening Wednesday, June 6, 2018. Get your tickets at fortwhyte.org/sunsetbbq.
This summer, do something good for the planet and for your own back yard. Make every drop of fresh, oxygen-rich, untreated rainwater work for you with your new FortWhyte Alive rain barrel! Your 45-gallon rain barrel will allow you to reduce your water consumption, lower your water bill, and provide an efficient method of collecting soft, natural water to nourish your garden and flower beds.
Setting up a rain barrel is super easy and simple. You'll want to set up on a sturdy foundation — one that's high enough to fit a watering can under the tap and that allows for more head pressure when using a hose. Cinder blocks, wooden pallets or any type of sturdy stand will do the job. Remember, your foundation must be able to support the rain barrel when it is full and heavy. Then, place the barrel next to your desired downspout, configuring it to direct water into the barrel when it rains. That's it!
A lot. FortWhyte Alive rain barrels have a capacity of 45 gallons/189 litres.
FortWhyte is the destination for everything you need for a sustainable yard and home. As one of the first retailers in Winnipeg to offer rain barrels, we know a lot about rainwater harvesting. Really, ask us anything!
The Nature Shop is here to connect you with nature and the community — and leave you feeling good about each and every purchase. Not only do we take great care to select items that are produced with the planet in mind, proceeds from the Nature Shop support environmental education for young people. How can it get any better than that?
Stop by the Nature Shop today to pick your very own rain barrel! To make it even easier, you can call us at (204) 989-8355 to pre-order — we'll have it ready for pick up at your earliest convenience.