There's always something new to discover at FortWhyte Alive.
FortWhyte Alive has recently purchased an 18’ diameter yurt from Nomad Shelters in Homer, Alaska to be used for our Forest School program. This inquiry-based program for children between the ages of 3 and 5 requires that the children have shelter from the cold, but are able to stay outside all winter long. The perfect solution: the yurt!
The design for our yurt is based on the yurt design of the central Asian steppe nomadic herding people, and therefore is a design that has been tried and tested in similar harsh, windy environments. This shelter is comprised of lattice walls, an insulating liner, a polyvinyl cover and a big beautiful skylight. Our yurt will offer the children a break from the wind and snow, while providing natural light and a warm interior. We have chosen to outfit our yurt with safe and clean electric heat for the time being, and it sure does get nice and toasty!
The Fall 2017 session children have already made themselves quite at home in the yurt. They eagerly pull out their snacks on the big faux-fur throw that serves as a comfy seat, and they love to sit and watch the tree branches wave through the skylight. We look forward to a very comfortable winter at Forest School as the children learn and play outside, secure in the knowledge that they can have a break from the elements if they need.
Check out www.nomadshelter.com to learn more about our amazing yurt!
As leaders in sustainability education in Manitoba, FortWhyte Alive (FWA) is putting the pedal to the metal to encourage green driving, especially when active transportation is not accessible.
We are proud to add the ownership of the first 2017 Chevrolet Bolt all-electric vehicle in Manitoba to our growing list of sustainability initiatives. The Bolt is now FWA staff’s mandatory ‘first-choice’ for off-site business or personal trips, and will reduce emissions due to employee-related transportation by approximately 20,000km/year, or approximately 5.0 tonnes of CO2e. Despite our location within the City of Winnipeg, there is a significant distance for staff to travel to obtain necessities for our operation. The Bolt will make these trips low cost and educational as we promote emission-free transportation throughout the City.
The Chevrolet Bolt is an exceptional motor vehicle. Not only is it spacious, beautifully designed and equipped with all the bells and whistles one could ever need, a full charge provides a range of 383km. Vickar Chevrolet’s generosity helped make this dream a reality for us, and we certainly have been putting it to good use.
FWA knows that reducing fossil fuel consumption, especially through motor vehicle use, is a crucial step to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions. We believe that every action we take is important to change the outcome of past and current practices. With our Chevrolet Bolt we hope to educate and inspire our community to work individually and collectively to change the forecast on climate change.
Watch for us Bolting around town! It is boldly branded and good looking – give us a wave if you appreciate the steps that we are taking to encourage sustainable living. Stop by FortWhyte Alive to have a peek as you might find the Bolt parked by one of our electric vehicle charging stations outside of the Alloway Reception Centre. We boast two conventional chargers and two Tesla chargers to help our fellow green drivers get where they need to go. Our new Electric Fleet Vehicle and charging stations drive our mission forward as we foster sustainability in our community and beyond.
Here at FortWhyte Alive, we’re all about getting outdoors and connecting people with nature.
We’re also very much into doing what we can to lessen our impact on the planet -- every day and especially over the holiday season. Experiential gifts at FortWhyte Alive offer a great way to do both.
This year, gift someone you care about with an experience that they will love, without adding to the holiday clutter.
For the Foodie
We all know someone who loves new food and drink experiences, and we’ve got some unique options for gifts at FortWhyte Alive:
For the Adventurer
Many of us have a sense of adventure and a desire to spend more time outdoors, but aren’t sure where to start. We’ve got your back with some awesome winter adventures ready for the taking:
For the family
Let’s face it. Many of the little ones in our lives seem to have everything! Rather than giving another toy, sign up those awesome kiddos in your life for some childhood memories out in nature. A FortWhyte Alive Membership is a great option for a gift that will last all year long.
For your special someone
Looking for a meaningful gift for your loved one? Why not treat them to a wonderful wintertime experience snowshoeing through our forest, or perhaps a romantic Open Fire Brew night on Valentine's Day.
For the Craft Lover
We have the perfect gift for those who love to get crafty, and want to pick up a new skill!
All experiential gift certificates are available in FortWhyte Alive's Nature Shop.
Join us Saturday, December 2 and Sunday, December 3 for the Nature Shop's Annual Holiday Shopping event! Shop from our collection of unique, nature-inspired and handcrafted gifts. Enjoy free gift wrapping, draws, and savings. FortWhyte Alive Members save 20%, and 10% off for non-members! (Excludes sale and consignment merchandise, and experiential gifts.)
*Please note that there are limited spots available for the events listed.
Katharine has been volunteering at FortWhyte for 7 years in various roles including Birding and Breakfast leader, Goose Flight Evenings and as a gardener in our Biodiversity Garden.
What choices do you make to consume less or make choices that are healthier for our planet, big or small?
We have taken cloth/reusable bags for grocery and all other shopping since the mid 1990’s, and I keep a folded bag in my purse and one in the car for unplanned shopping. The wastage of fresh water is one of my major concerns so I take the time to talk to management whenever I encounter leaking taps or toilets (a sadly frequent occurrence) in any public locations.
What’s the most recent sustainable action you’ve adopted and why?
The most recent additional sustainable action I have adopted is to take a travel mug with me almost everywhere I go because it is shocking to see the huge number of unnecessary disposable cups used in our world, along with the plastic lids, straws and insulating sleeves – sometimes people even use two disposable cups because the beverage is hot!
What’s your favourite tip for reducing, reusing and/or recycling?
One of my favourite tips is to never, ever buy plastic garbage bags – why buy a plastic bag specifically to throw it out?! One seems to acquire an endless supply of various plastic bags even when expressly trying to avoid it; therefore, use any other possible bags for garbage. I use the plastic and mesh bags in which my birdseed is packaged for general garbage and I line my bathroom garbage cans with the carefully opened plastic packaging from toilet paper and paper towels.