There's always something new to discover at FortWhyte Alive.
We have been talking a lot about waste this month and we would like to give a special shout-out to some waste reduction champions!
These schools stepped up to our challenge – they participated in the TD Trash Can Jam Challenge!
FortWhyte is passionate about waste reduction and we want to encourage youth, as the environmental stewards of the future, to be more aware of the daily impact that they have on the earth. The average student produces up to 30 kilograms of waste per year! We are proud of the students from the following schools for learning about waste and making a difference.
These students committed to ‘low-waste’ lunches while on their field trip at FortWhyte Alive this past winter. Each school was to fill no more than a 5-litre pail with disposable lunch garbage, while everything else in their lunches was to be reusable, recyclable, compostable, or eaten! These champion schools rose to the task and each student was rewarded for their efforts with a free pass to FortWhyte Alive.
A big thank you to the students from:
Congratulations to these schools for taking up the challenge this past winter and tackling their waste production head on!
FortWhyte Alive field trips are going to be waste free by 2020! The Trash Can Jam is a great start, but we want to have all schools on board to help us reduce waste. If you are a teacher looking to bring your classroom, why not get involved while you can still win prizes?! Visit this page for more details about the program.
While this is a fun and important way for classrooms to 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?
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!
FortWhyte Alive is seeking Volunteer Camp Counsellors to lead children of all ages in an unforgettable summer at FortWhyte Alive Nature Day Camp!
We know that you want to make the most out of every vacation day, and by volunteering at Nature Day Camp you will get to experience all of the summer classics! Itching for a chance to practice your cannonballs off the dock and into the lake? Ready to load up on bug spray and hike out to the furthest reaches of our urban wilderness? Why not take on a leadership role and help teach our young campers how best to enjoy summer?! Seize the opportunity to learn new skills while making friends and memories that will last a lifetime.
- Meghan B.
We welcome applicants who are excited to bring enthusiasm and imagination to our camps. Our volunteers are the kind of people who happily teach campers how to roast marshmallows over an open fire, who enjoy a challenge and who are eager to entertain — and be entertained — by our young campers. Does this sound like you?
Successful applicants will gain hands-on work experience, and will have a fun and rewarding summer! Sound good?
We are now accepting applications for Nature Day Camp Counsellors for our summer camps. Learn more and apply today.
The Leak Detector Challenge is an opportunity to become more aware of our personal water use and ways to action to conserve water, including reducing the amount of water lost to repairable leaks, such as running toilets and dripping taps.
This March, 18 Winnipeg families and 9 schools (190 students!) took on the Challenge and detected water-wasting leaks using our easy step-by-step process.
This project resulted in a combined water savings of nearly 350 litres a day for schools, and 330 litres a day for family homes.
These numbers may seem small, but every action adds up — and paying closer attention to our personal water use can make an even bigger difference in reducing water waste.
Schools that took part involved a range of students from young as Kindergarten up to adult learners. In addition to taking the challenge, each group came away with further actions they will be taking to educate others in their school about the importance of water and water conservation.
Take Seven Oaks Adult Learning Centre as an example. In their research, they found their current toilets use 6 litres per flush. Making an estimate of 15 flushes per hour, for 12 hours per day, they estimated that the Centre's toilets alone use around 1080 litres of water each day. These adult learners are proposing to administration that the Centre replace the toilets with high efficiency models which would save 20% of their water usage — approximately 40,000 litres of water per year!
All family participants received a free shower timer, and two lucky participants are taking home a FortWhyte Alive rain barrel or a FortWhyte Alive Family Membership (winners were drawn at random on April 5). Student participants received water conservation prize kits which include reusable water bottles, FortWhyte Alive admission passes, and more.
FortWhyte Alive delivers the Slow the Flow Youth Education program with support from the City of Winnipeg Water and Waste Department.
We want to inspire you to take steps toward sustainable living. That's why we're bringing back this special offer — bundle the purchase of a composter and rain barrel from the Nature Shop for just $139.95! (plus taxes). Limited quantities available. Offer available one week only, from Sunday, April 22 - Sunday, April 30.
You can also celebrate Earth Day with us at the Nature Shop by buying local. Save on items made in Manitoba and Canada. FortWhyte Alive Members save 15% and guests save 10%. Offer valid only on Sunday, April 22, 2018.
At FortWhyte Alive we are working hard to be living, breathing models of sustainable living in action — and are excited to have recently launched our new, enhanced waste collection system!
And if you've already heard the surprising truth about garbage in Winnipeg, then you can understand our excitement.
Next time you visit FortWhyte, you’ll notice our waste, recycling and organics bins. While we've been recycling and composting for years, we're super excited to finally unveil a comprehensive, public-facing composting system that allows all FortWhyte visitors to compost all organics — including meat, dairy and food waste from the Buffalo Stone Cafe.
While most of our organics are diverted through Compost Winnipeg, but we also reserve a portion of the compost for eventual use in our biodiversity and butterfly gardens.
In case you didn't know, we also offer battery and cell phone recycling, and you can deposit plastic bags into our “Bag it Forward” bins located in the Interpretive Centre.
Among our staff and volunteers, we also take care to recycle pens, aerosol cans, electronics and other items that can be easily diverted from the landfill. Because every bit counts.
We all know it has to be easy. With that in mind, we have made waste collection easy and attractive at FortWhyte Alive. How, you say? We commissioned an awesome local company to handcraft beautiful receptacles, and designed easy and clear signage to help our visitors use them with ease.
This new, enhanced waste collection system is just one action we've taken as part of our organization-wide Sustainability Plan to enhance our overall sustainability and work toward our vision of becoming a national leader in sustainability.
What small steps are you inspired to take today?