There's always something new to discover at FortWhyte Alive.
The sights and sounds of returning birds are sure signs of spring, but how many of them can you name?
Make use of this mini guide to common birds at FortWhyte Alive and try identifying this bird for yourself:
Being able to tell a warbler from a goldfinch simply feels good. It also opens up a whole new way of seeing the world around you — getting to know a species that you simply might not have ever noticed before can put a familiar face to bigger issues like habitat loss and climate change.
If you're interested in learning more about common birds, be sure to join us for our popular Birding and Breakfast series, kicking off Wednesday, April 17.
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!
We sat down with Clarissa to chat a little bit about her volunteer role at FortWhyte Farms, and what inspired her to get involved in her community.
I am a Youth Program Mentor. I help the FortWhyte Farms Program Leaders share the basics of sustainable living, animal husbandry and gardening — as well as how to transform fresh produce into home-cooked meals.
I love that every farm task is completed through teamwork and that we are able to share a meal together at the end of each day. I admire seeing youth become more confident in their skills — and that we are always celebrating the similarities and differences between every culture.
I was interested in becoming a volunteer at FortWhyte Alive because I have made so many memories there as a child as well as during my high school and university years. I have spent time with family and friends and have tried everything from dip-netting and tobogganing onto the frozen lake as a child, to canoeing, snowshoeing and bannock roasting.
I wanted to be able to share those experiences with others – and as a volunteer I was able to do so.
I have gained confidence in my teaching skills and ability to communicate with others. To add, I have gained more appreciation and respect for the nature that surrounds us and how to live mindful of the environment and animals we share our planet with.
Prospective volunteers can expect to gain knowledge, confidence and most importantly, memories and friends to hold dear.
Every workshop, event or program is wholesome and packed with excitement. FortWhyte Alive allows us to appreciate the nature around us, how to practice sustainability and to enjoy the outdoors as much as we love to stay inside. Being at FortWhyte Alive is therapeutic – and I always leave enlightened and with a clear mind.
One of my favourite memories is seeing the youth gain important experience that would help them excel in their future jobs. I absolutely loved seeing that some of the youth I had spent time with on the farm had gained jobs at FortWhyte Alive.
Another fun memory from volunteering is when the youth get to meet the kunekune pigs for the first time on the farm. The pigs are both loud and adorable and every meeting with the youth is filled to the brim with laughter and excitement.
From all of us, thank you Clarissa for your commitment and motivation to create change in our community.
Head to fortwhyte.org/volunteering to learn more and apply today.
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?