Programs and Events

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Give your child the opportunity to experience nature.

Designed for you and yours to connect with nature, this six-week session is infused with nature, culture and history. Wild Child is a unique opportunity for parents and caregivers to engage in authentic outdoor experiences while keeping in mind the needs of their (slightly older) little one. Each session is designed to pair engaging lessons for adults with hands-on activities for the children.
Want to get active outdoors with baby this fall? Fit 4 Two Babywearing Hike is a baby-friendly cardiovascular, strength and flexibility workout through the trails and lakes of scenic Fort Whyte Alive, all with baby in a carrier. Meet other moms in your community and get some fresh air. Class will end with outdoor stretching and songs. Bring a soft strucured carrier to wear your baby, and a yoga mat.
Create memories in the colourful autumn forest.

Suzan Kiernicki Photography will be on site to take photos of you and yours in our vibrant and colourful fall forest. Spend some time between the trees and experience a how gorgeous a FortWhyte fall day can be.
Do your part to help us protect over 500 metres of shoreline along FortWhyte’s lakes using rooted willow plugs.
Learn a traditional way to preserve the harvest.

Squash is the perfect fall food. This workshop will expand your culinary repertoire in learning how to make gluten-free and low-carb flour from your favourite squash. Join local knowledge keeper and gardener Audrey Logan in the Farm-to-Fork Teaching Kitchen to listen to stories about food and the land in this hands-on learning experience.
The science of everything! We will be touching on the topics of biology, chemistry, physics, the environment, and so much more.
Do you plan to hand out chocolate treats this Halloween?

Your new favourite lakeside pastime.

You heard right! No experience necessary — we’ll have you throwing like a pro in no time. Hatchet throwing is an undeniably fun and unique way to spend time with friends or family, learn a new skill, and connect with nature in a new way.
Learn the craft of taking wildlife photos that take your breath away.

Learn the basics of wildlife photography with professional photographer Walter Potrebka, of Walter Potrebka Photography. This exploratory, hands-on workshop is designed to for you to learn the basics of exposure, composition and focus, among other topics. Bring your own camera and lenses*, and head outside to snap shots of geese as they land on Lake Devonian.

After the workshop, you’ll have opportunity to have your photos reviewed and critiqued by Walter, and he will be able to provide you with further tips and tricks to get the perfect shot.
It’s pumpkin time.

Pumpkins are a plenty at this time of year. But do you ever wonder how to make the most of these fall time treats? Come and learn how to make the sweetest, smoothest pumpkin filling in a flakey crust – just in time for Halloween. Everyone will take home their own mini pie to enjoy.
Reconnect.

The Hunter’s Moon marks a time of preparing for a long winter ahead. Join us for a unique experience designed to help you build a deeper connection with nature and practice self-care. Following practice, hang out around a roaring fire and enjoy s’mores in community.

Ash Bourgeois of Wild Path leads this unique experience combining nature, yoga and meditation.
Join us for a 5/10k run through the woods of FortWhyte by night, guided by nothing but sheer terror (and a headlamp!). Survive this spooky sprint and be rewarded with free smokies and s’mores by a bonfire. Cash bar. Costumes are encouraged!
Learn to make this fizzy, fermented elixir at home.

Kombucha is a tasty, fermented beverage that can be made at home with some simple equipment and a bit of time. Our pals at Prism Kombucha will share their tips to making customized, delicious kombucha. After, they will give you a behind-the-scenes tour of their brewing and bottling process at FortWhyte Farms.
Kombucha mothers will also be for sale at the workshop (cash only).
Get fired up about brewing!

Craft two unique beers featuring locally grown ingredients, with our resident beer master, Barret Miller in our cozy cabin in the woods. No experience necessary -- we'll practice basic all-grain and malt extract brewing techniques transferable to your modern kitchen at home.
The return of the Stardome.

Explore our solar system in a portable planetarium and enjoy a cold beverage fireside as you observe the night sky through a telescope with expert Darren Townsley. This experience is a unique opportunity to learn a little more about our solar system in a fun and relaxed setting.
Learn about Denmark's secret to happiness.

FortWhyte Alive will be screening a 12 Stars Media Documentary, "Finding Hygge". Hygge has exploded in popularity amidst growing division and distrust around the world, but the Danish word and its definition are more complicated than it seems. For those who seek happiness, this exploratory documentary travels around the globe to discover the true meaning of hygge and how to find it. Learn about this concept, and connect with cast member and hygge enthusiast Dayna Robbie in discovering ways to create hygge around you.

Join us for our fourth annual after-hours night of making using natural and recycled materials.

Create some seriously crafty holiday goods, and get some shopping done at the Nature Shop — they’ll be keeping their doors open late for special discounts and prize draws. Get your tickets early — this event sells out quickly.