Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Thursday, December 22, 2011
Dec 24th: 10:00 - 5:00
Dec 25th: Closed. Merry Christmas!
Dec 26th: 1:00 - 5:00
Dec 27th: 1:00 - 5:00
Dec 28th - 31st: 10:00 - 5:00
Jan 1st: 1:00 - 5:00
Jan 2nd: 1:00 - 5:00
And don't forget... if you're looking for a fun way to burn off some of those holiday calories, come down and join us for an afternoon of snowshoeing on December 31st. Call 403-346-2010 for details.
Monday, December 12, 2011
It's Here. This is the 2012 Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour trailer. Click play and turn up the volume. Then, head on down to the Nature Centre, Valhalla Pure Outfitters or Purearth Organics for your tickets. Shows run January 12 & 13, 2012. Tickets are $20 + GST each night and $36 + GST for both nights.
These tickets make amazing stocking stuffers.
See you at the show.
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
That's a lot of copper wire that won't be headed to the landfill, folks.
As of mid-day Saturday we gave out the last of our LED lights, so this year's Christmas light exchange is officially over. We started out with 804 light sets to exchange, and they went a lot faster than we were anticipating. Great job, Red Deer!
Thanks once again to the City of Red Deer for funding and supporting the exchange, and to London Drugs for their support.
We look forward to seeing your new energy-efficient Christmas decorations up!
Thursday, November 24, 2011
Our bin (nearly) runneth over. As of 11:30 there were only 51 sets of LED lights left for the annual light exchange. We started out with 804. Way to go, Red Deer!
There's still time to get those last few lights. Bring down two or more strands of incandescent lights and exchange them for one set of energy-efficient LEDs. And remember -- those lights you see in the bin are all headed for recycling. What a great way to keep valuable copper out of the landfill.
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Monday, November 14, 2011
We know that you know how beneficial the Christmas Light Exchange is, in terms of power reduction and Greenhouse gas emissions. Here though, is a quick couple of minutes about the benefits of recycling the old strings you're bringing in to us.
Good job Red Deer.
Thursday, November 10, 2011
There's still time to exchange your old lights for energy-efficient LED lights (one new strand for every two old strands per adult), but our supply is limited so don't wait too long!
Friday, November 04, 2011
Wednesday, November 02, 2011
Place: Kerry Wood Nature Centre
6300 45 Ave, Red Deer
Sunday, November 20, 2011 2:00 pm
Bring your children aged 6 to 13 to the Nature Centre for this hands-on program. We’ll look at and identify winter birds and learn what and how to feed them. Kids will construct a bird feeder and be given bird feed to take home. The seed and the feeder have a retail value of $14.95.
The program cost is $7.00 per child for Friends of the KWNC members and $8.00 for non-members. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
To register call the Kerry Wood Nature Centre, 6300 45 Ave, Red Deer, telephone 403-346-2010.
Please register by 4:00 pm November 15, 2011.
For information call Bob at 403-346-2010 ext 103
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
We were thrilled to be a part of Colin's journey. Colin spent a day in Red Deer giving talks at Annie L. Gaetz elementary, G.W. Smith elementary and West Park Middle schools. He also did a tour of the Nature Centre and had lunch with a couple of the interpreters.
Here at the Nature Centre we have been dedicated to sharing the outdoors with children, for 25 years. With all the new initiatives in preschool and kindergarten outdoor-classes, it is worth noting that the Nature Centre's Nature Nursery program has been an outdoor program for nearly 20 years. Our kids spend 1/2 of their time, each day, exploring the Sanctuary's forests, fields and ponds. In May, June and September, when the weather is a little more forgiving, Nature Nursery is an entirely outdoor program.
Kids need to be outside. There is a growing mountain of evidence to support the idea that the 53-hours/week of screen time that North American kids are getting (outside of school hours) is doing more harm than good. We're seeing increased rates of childhood obesity, increased rates of ADD/ADHD and a increase in the psychological distance between people and nature. Our own research - conducted by Jim Roberston as part of his Masters thesis - indicates that kids who are exposed to early nature-based education develop into more environmentally-aware citizens. They exhibit more empathy for nature and for natural environments.
So to Colin: Congratulations. We are inspired by your run and I am personally, proud to call you my friend. To the nature-educators around the world: Keep doing what you do. The children of today and the natural environments of the future are depending on you.
Friday, October 21, 2011
Briefly put, CSAs are a fantastic way to enjoy seasonal, locally-grown veggies (and sometimes fruits as well, depending on the farm). By buying a share of the farm's crop for the season, you're helping to directly support a local farmer as well as ensuring that the produce on your table is about as fresh as it could possibly be. Most CSAs grow organically or pesticide free as well, and work hard to use environmentally sustainable farming methods.
Our lunch guest speaker, Mike Kozlowski of Steel Pony Farm, will be able to give lots more information on the workings of a CSA farm. And with a wonderful harvest lunch from Remi's Catering, I'm sure that everyone will have a fantastic time.
For more information about CSAs, check out this link. And if you'd like to find a CSA near you (yes, we have several CSAs right here in Central Alberta), you can find listings here.
For information on and tickets for our November 4th fundraiser, give us a call at 403-346-2010.
Thursday, October 20, 2011
Yet, that's exactly what we found this morning.
If you have an interesting nature sighting, email it to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Tickets are $50. Please call the Nature Centre at 403-346-2010 or drop by for a visit and purchase your tickets.
Friday, October 14, 2011
Following what seems to be Red Deer's theme this weekend, the City is urging you to Kick it to the Curb. This initiative encourages you to label your unwanted items "FREE" and put them curbside. Take a drive around town this weekend: you never know what treasures you'll find!
'Til next time...
Thursday, October 06, 2011
Monday, October 03, 2011
Friday, September 30, 2011
Jim shot this photo of the sunflowers at Fort Normandeau peeping over the palisade. Anyone who's visited the Fort and has seen how tall the palisade is can tell you that the sunflowers were a pretty impressive size this year.
The Fort Normandeau grounds close for the season in October, but we look forward to your visits in May 2012. In the meantime, there's always plenty to see and do here at the Nature Centre. Give us a call at 403-346-2010 for information on our upcoming events for fall and winter.
Friday, September 23, 2011
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
- WEES board, contact Jim Robertson, Executive Director, WEES (email@example.com)
- Friends board, contact Bob Kruchten, Bookstore Managaer, Friends of the Kerry Wood Nature Centre (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Friday, September 09, 2011
Saturday, September 03, 2011
The Barn Swallows at the bird blind on the West Gaetz Lake are on their second (rather late, I think) nesting and are currently busy keeping their little ones fed. These birds have been very patient with Sanctuary visitors -- I haven't heard any cases of dive-bombing -- but please remember to give them a little bit of space if you're out on the deck and you notice them trying to get to the nestlings. Less stress for everyone that way!
Monday, August 29, 2011
The good news is, they're harmless. Well, unless you're an insect, of course.
This is a photo I took of one that was hanging around the soffit in my father's car port a few years ago. For a clearer photo and a bit more information about these entertaining spiders, I'll direct you to my earlier post about them here.
If you have more questions about Jewel Spiders, give us a call at 403-346-2010.
Thursday, August 25, 2011
The Gaetz Lakes Sanctuary is surrounded on three sides by a chain-link fence. This leads to lots of questions regarding how the deer, moose and other animals get in and out of the Sanctuary. We know they go over the fence. There have been many many observations of deer jumping clear over fences as high as eight feet; from a standing start.
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Thursday, August 11, 2011
The trails, nodes and gathering places that make up Waskasoo Park take walkers, cyclists, skateboarders, dog-owners and myriad other users through the City, in natural settings. It's quite amazing really, to look down over the City and realize that we live and work in a forest; that we've carved out an urban centre somewhat harmoniously with the local natural environment. Because we've kept so much of the river valley and the urban forest intact, we are fortunate to have many wild creatures in our midst.
Tuesday, August 09, 2011
It's spider season! Albeit it's a little early for our first eight-legged visitors - spiders in cartons usually start arriving in September.
Saturday, August 06, 2011
Wednesday, August 03, 2011
Sunday, July 31, 2011
For a rafter's-eye view of the river, check our YouTube channel here.
Friday, July 22, 2011
Here comes the "however", though:
However, the recent rains we've had have flooded out a few parts of the trails we'll be using. It's not impassible, but if you're planning to come down I'd recommend wearing suitable shoes for wading.
The walk goes at 2 pm down here at the Nature Centre. Admission is by suggested donation of $3/person or $10/family.
I hope to see you there!
Sunday, July 17, 2011
The little white-billed black "ducks" you'll see paddling through the cattails on the Gaetz Lakes right now are actually Coots, which are members of the Rallidae or Rail family. If you get a chance to look closely at a coot while it's swimming, you'll notice that its feet are lobed rather than webbed like a duck's would be. Because of their lobed feet, Coots (also known as Mudhens) are much better able to get about on land than most ducks can.
Coots are considered weak fliers, and their comparatively small wings mean that they need a real running take-off to get in the air.
I took the above photo of a Coot and her young a few years ago, and her babies were certainly in the awkward stage. There are few things on the lake as homely as newly-hatched, orange-headed Coots. I'm not sure they even qualify as "so ugly they're cute", to be honest. At the moment the young on the West Lake are past that phase, though, and busily foraging through the pond weed and algae with their mother. I took a bit of video of them this morning, and while it was too sunny today to get a really good shot of them, you can watch them feeding on our YouTube channel here.
Saturday, July 16, 2011
You can see it right here, since I happened to be out with the camera at the time.
Don't forget to check out our YouTube channel at http://www.youtube.com/user/NatureCentre. I hope to be shooting video out in the Sanctuary regularly over the summer.
Monday, July 11, 2011
Thursday, July 07, 2011
Join us in the Marjorie Wood Gallery (located in the Kerry Wood Nature Centre) as we are featuring Teresa Stieben: “Feathers and Flash, avian delights and the bounty of nature” a solo exhibition. Our addition to the First Friday calendar, starts at 5 and continues until 7pm. Or, stroll through the sanctuary and stop in to our 'meet the artist' reception Saturday, July 9th from 1-3 pm. For more information, please call us at (403)346-2010 or for information regarding Teresa and her works please click on the link: http://teresastiebenart.blogspot.com/
Happy First (sort of) Friday everyone! And thanks for your continued support to our local arts community!
Monday, July 04, 2011
The eye spots are a means of defence for this sphinx and many other moths. Suddenly flashing eye spots at an approaching bird may confuse the predator enough to scare it away.
For a look at the spread wings, check out the specimen here.
July is finally here and after a long wait it seems to have finally brought the sunshine. Summer is such a beautiful time of year to enjoy all the wonderful outdoor activities Red Deer has to offer; the hiking, rafting, biking, running and whatever else you enjoy.
To keep your children enjoying their summer we have 5 different weeks of Day Camps:
Week 1 - July 11-15 (French Language Programming) Ages 7-12
Week 2 - July 18-22 (English Programming) Ages 6-10
Week 3 - July 25-29 (French Language Programming) Ages 7-12
Week 4 - August 8-12 (English Programming) Ages 6-10
Week 5 - August 15-19 (French Language Programming) Ages 7-12
We are proud to be able to offer French Language Day Camps for any Francophone and French Immersion children. A big thanks to the ACFA and the Canadian Parents for French for supporting french language programming!
Our Nature Magic day camps are nature based and include hands-0n science, crafts, daily walks, historical and nature based interpretive programs. Camps run Monday to Friday from 9-4:30. For more information and to book please contact us at 403-346-2010 or by email at email@example.com
We are filling up fast, but space is still available!
Wednesday, June 29, 2011
If you'd like something that isn't overnight, join me at the the Fort on Sunday, July 3rd for an edible plant walk. We'll be talking about some of the historical and modern uses of our native plants, plus I'll point out a few useful weeds that might be helpful on your summer camping trips. We'll be starting at 2 pm. The cost is by recommended donation of $3/person or $10/family.
For more information on this or any of our other upcoming summer events, give us a call at 403-346-2010.
Monday, June 06, 2011
- First Fridays in the Marjorie Wood Gallery
- Day Camps in English and French
- Raft Tours on the Red Deer River, including 2 Full Moon Floats!
- Family Sleepover at the Fort- July 2/3
- ART&facts walking and biking tours exploring Red Deer's public art installations
- Edible Plant Walks
- The Roving Interpreter, bringing games and activities to stops around Waskasoo Park all summer long! Watch this blog, our Facebook page, and Twitter for upcoming stops and themes.
- Perseid Meteor Shower Star Party
- And last, but not least, the Kickoff Weekend for the Kerry Wood Nature Centre's 25th Anniversary year of celebrations, July 29 through August 1!
Saturday, May 14, 2011
Wednesday, May 04, 2011
Friday, April 29, 2011
Since Alberta bats are dependent on insects for food, they can't hang around their usual summer territories all winter. Instead, they migrate to winter hibernating caves and only return in the spring.
If you're interested in seeing our "secret" bat roost or would like more information on bats and bat boxes, come see us at the Nature Centre or give us a call at 403-346-2010.
Friday, April 01, 2011
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Monday, March 21, 2011
Thursday, March 10, 2011
Tuesday, March 08, 2011
Friday, March 04, 2011
Location: Kerry Wood Nature Centre
Kids ages 6 to 13 can learn about the birds of Spring and build a bird house to take home.
The program is about 1.5 hours. An adult should accompany each child .
All materials and instructions are provided
Fees: $7.00 /child for KWNC members;$8/child for non members
Preregistration is advised.
Telephone 403 346 2010
Monday, February 14, 2011
My name is Todd Nivens. The Waskasoo Environmental Education Society (WEES) agreed to post this request on my behalf. None of your personal information, including your name, has been forwarded to me and I have no way of collecting personal information from you.
As a reader of the WEES blog, facebook groups and/or twitter feeds. you are potentially someone with views I am interested in. Particularly I am looking for people who read or write environmental blogs, belong to environmental-themed Facebook or MySpace groups, sign on-line petitions or take part in environmental email campaigns; or give to environmental charities, through on-line campaigns.
If you feel that I’ve described you in the previous paragraph I would invite you to participate in the study by clicking the link and taking the survey. Here is the survey link: http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/428307/Environmental-Beliefs-and-Actions
If you have any questions about this study your participation in it or anything that concerns you, please email me at Todd.Nivens@gmail.com or phone me at 403-505-1864. This study is under the direction of Dr. Jennifer Good, Associate Professor in the Social Sciences faculty at Brock University. You are free to email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also link to the Royal Roads MAEEC program and to Dr. Good’s listing at Brock University.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Royal Roads University
Monday, February 07, 2011
I would like to tell you about a remarkable 3rd grade student, who is
passionate about creating positive change. Her name is Hayley Cartwright and
she attends Ecole Mountview School.
After attending a zoo camp in Calgary, last summer, Hayley learned, that the
habitats for gorillas were endangered because of mining for an ore called
coltan (columbite-tantalite). This ore is a source of the element tantalum
which is an essential coating for components of cell phones and is found in
the Congo in the middle of endangered gorilla and elephant habitats.
She wanted to know what could be done to help the gorillas, how she could
make a difference. Hayley started asking questions and with her mother's
help found a contact at the Calgary Zoo that provided them with the
information to get her 'project' started.
Reducing the demand for coltan will aid in the preservation of these
habitats, and this could be done by simply recycling cellular phones.
Due to their small size and rapid replacement cycle, cell phones often end
up in the waste stream contributing a mass of toxic materials in our
Cell phones and their accessories contain a large number of hazardous
substances including heavy metals which may linger in the environment for
many years and have adverse effects on human health.
By recycling your cell phone, you are keeping toxic chemicals out of
landfills.. You may also preserve vital animal habitats by reducing the
demand for coltan. When people realize that recycling their cell phones
(most homes in North America have 2-3 lying unused in a drawer) can help
gorillas they're very enthusiastic to pitch in.
Eco-cell pays the zoo 60 cents per phone recycled. They collect the phones
at the Calgary Zoo, strip the batteries from them (to be recycled locally)
and ship the phones to Eco-cell. They will accept cords, chargers-everything
that comes with a phone. The money from the phones goes to the Zoo's
conservation fund where it is put towards gorilla conservation in the wild.
They can't assume responsibility for cleaning information off phones, so
they ask that donators do that in advance.
Hayley's drive to be successful at collecting cell phones, was more than
just setting up a collection point within her own school. She started
talking to her friends and family about how many more cell phones could be
collected if more people knew about the gorillas. Now, there are more kids,
from other schools who were more than excited to be part of Hayley's
collective project. Recycle boxes have been compiled with a poster for a
drop off box in several schools, and we have even compiled an information
newsletter to accompany the small blue boxes, for each school to send out in
their email notices and newsletter systems.
Can you help us?
Drop your old cell phone or smart phone at the Kerry Wood Nature Centre. We have a blue box set aside for this project. All the funds will go to the Calgary Zoo Cell Phone Recycling Program.
Friday, February 04, 2011
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
HOME has been made for you : share it! And act for the planet."
Date: Saturday, February 5
Time ; 2:00pm
Location ; Kerry Wood Nature Centre
6300 45 ave , Red Deer
Cost; $7:00 per child for KWNC members, $8:00per child for non members.
An adult must accompany the child for the program
Telephone for preregistration 403 346 2010, or register in person.
Sunday, January 16, 2011
Maybe its because of our proximity to the snow that we slander it so much.Familiarity, at times, breeds contempt.
I write this because I went snowshoeing today. Oh yes, I voluntarily left the warmth to strap some criss-crossed sticks to my decorative moccasins (which aren't supposed to get wet. Ha!) and brave the trails. Well, trail. Having walked a whole kilometer using nothing but a will of iron, I came back feeling as though I'd done something to blog about.
Somehow though, I don't think the deer who packed that trail before I got there are triumphantly blogging about it. I would even go so far as to say that in passing a squirrel, they didn't even thrust out their little deer chins with unadulterated pride. Why the lack of gloating? Well, its just another day, and they take it as they come. This season has something to offer them, just as every other season does. Though it is leaner than the summer months, the bounty of winter is not lost on them. With bark to chew, twigs to nibble, and grasses hidden by the blanket of snow, the woods still have what the deer need to survive.
The seemingly unconnected moral of this story? Go outside. Tuck your long johns into your socks, throw on a sweater underneath your coat, layer on two sets of mittens, and head out into the great white yonder. It is simply fantastic. Follow some animal tracts to watch where a coyote chased a hare. Find where a herd of deer spent the night. Watch the waxwings, drunk off fermented berries, swooping and careening madly through the air.
The woods aren't dead; they aren't even sleeping. Grab a friend and go see what there is to see. Then, once you re-enter your house, exilerated, follow the great Canadian tradition of curling up with a warm cup of something and complain freely about the cold. It'll be fun, I promise!
Thursday, January 06, 2011
We really enjoyed this and felt there was great value in sharing it with you. We'd like to remind everybody the Great Pacific Garbage Patch is not fictitious. It exists as a vortex of trash in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, trapped in place by the currents.