There's always something new to discover at FortWhyte Alive.
We stayed open late for a truly ‘wild’ night this past Saturday,
Friday, March 6th, started out at a seasonal -10C, but temperatures warmed up to a balmy -3C with warm sun by the afternoon. A great day to learn about the Arctic outdoors!
A big thank you to the scientists from University of Manitoba (CEOS) and the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, to Michelle Watts of Schools on Board/ArcticNet for her role in coordinating, and to the FortWhyte volunteers and staff who helped out with the day.
Research stations set up at FortWhyte Alive's Lake Cargill included two pop-up fishing shelters for water sampling and microbiology, a snow pit and ice coring activity, a meteorological station, and an area for sampling contaminants in water and snow. Students also had the opportunity to learn about remote sensing technologies that are used to assess ice thickness in the north, as well as examine marine mammal artifacts such as narwhal tusks, seal skins and baleen. 84 high school students from 14 schools, with 17 teachers came for the full day of learning.
At the Interpretive Center, 66 Grade 8 students from Arthur Day School and Van Walleghem School learned how to tell the age and life stories of fish by dissecting out their ear bones ("otoliths"), sampled water chemistry, and learned about changes in Inuit clothing and culture over time.
Many teachers are committed to returning next year, to give this unique opportunity to more students. Arctic Science Day brings science to the next level, helping students to imagine possible future careers and the roles they can play in understanding and planning for the changes that a warming Arctic will bring to northern communities and to the world.
"We learned that climate change can mess up the food chain," and "that climate change can affect humans as much as it affects animals,' were among the comments from grade 8 students from Arthur Day School.
"It seems like we are always talking about those algae growing under the ice. They must be really important to the ecosystem," commented students from Acadia Jr. High.
Thanks to everyone involved for a great day. See you next year!
Learn more about the Schools on Board Outreach program here.
Photo by Mike Latschislaw
Local blues-inspired act The Reverend Rambler (AKA Matt Colpitts) is a bona fide one-man band -- and whether performing as a one-man or joined by sister Karli Colpitts, Greg Arcade and Sean Multan -- his live shows are a guaranteed good time. The Reverend Rambler has captured the attention of the Winnipeg Folk Festival, and is set to play the 2015 festival, announced this past week. But first things first: The Rev will playing FortWhyte Alive's "cabin fever reliever" to a sold-out crowd at The Lake Shaker, Saturday, March 14th. We caught up with The Reverend Rambler for a few questions in advance of his first show at FortWhyte Alive this upcoming weekend.
RR: The Reverend Rambler is a son, brother, husband, teacher singer, songwriter, musician and friend to all who like good people and good music.
I guess its a feeling of inspiration that you're overtaken by, something that makes you want to stop whatever you're doing and pick up a guitar and just play. Also just getting to play with people that I love and admire, there’s no better feeling for me than losing yourself in a song, especially with a group of people whether they're friends, other performers or an audience.
RR: Playing the Rainbow Trout Music Festival a couple years back. We were a new act, still wasn’t quite sure or confident in what the heck I was doing, but looking out in the crowd I got a true sense of support and this amazing feeling that we were all enjoying some sort of moment. I think the ultimate goal for me is to try and create a similar feeling every time we play.
Just being surrounded by my wife, friends and family and not having to worry about the typical stresses of every day life. Really could be anywhere as long as these conditions are applied to them.
RR: I hate to sound repetitive but it’s the people, friends and family. Winnipeg gets a bad rap, it's cold and frigid and flat as hell but I don’t think there’s anywhere else I’d want to live.
RR: Skateboarding, snowboarding, hockey, pretty much anything and everything.
RR: Playing guitar and writing good songs. It’s a never ending lifelong pursuit... I think that’s why I love it so much.
RR: I think a wolf. That howl send shivers down my spine... very musical.They can also travel in packs or be the lone wolf which I can relate to.
RR: I can remember the large aquariums as a kid and it reminding me of Fraggle Rock. I also recently went to wedding there... what a beautiful location to get married.
Arctic Science Day at FortWhyte Alive has been offered since 2009, catering to 150-200 high school and middle year students from 10-15 schools each year. Positively described by educators as a motivating, high-energy, unique, authentic, experiential, and fun learning experience, this day makes science come alive.