Our programming focuses on five areas:
A. Conservation Tours of Big Island/Woodbend Natural Area
These walks are 90 minutes to 3 hours in length and range from 12 to 25 persons. The walks may identify different rock/land/riverbank formations; look at the river, backwater channels and old growth forest; view the remains of the 1905 Woodbend Post Office building and the only sand dune in Edmonton; walk the largest wetlands remaining in the city of Edmonton; or tour the general landscape, spring vegetation, ravines and animal corridors to the river.
These tours will be expanding to include Oleskiw Park, Wedgewood creek ravine, Whitemud creek ravine and Blackmud creek ravine.
B. Education Materials
We developed a 4-page colour brochure on the Natural Area. Over 800 brochures have been distributed to community groups and school classes, generally in southwest Edmonton.
The Nature At Its Best video of the Natural Area has been viewed by 1000+ people and used in presentations with students. Video has also been used by media and on social media sites.
Through a grant from the Edmonton Heritage Council a video of interviews with two elderly individuals that have lived some of the history of the natural area was produced and an extensive photographic record of the natural area was completed by a professional photographer and students.
30 photographs were framed and put on display in an exhibition titled “A Hike in Your Valley” that ran April 8 – June 17, 2016 at Galerie Cite at La Cite Francophone. Further showing of these photos will be held at “pop-up” events.
Numerous radio/TV/newspaper interviews have been done by Board Members. Current highlights include a 3-page featured articled titled “The Mysterious Island” in the Avenue Edmonton magazine’s June 2016 edition.
E. Edmonton City Council
Board members and the Executive Director regularly meet with and make presentations to Edmonton City Councillors, City Council committees and senior City administration. Due to our work the City of Edmonton initiated the Southwest Ribbon of Green project, which will develop a strategic plan for the Southwest River Valley; Oleskiw Park; and Wedgewood, Whitemud and Blackmud Creek ravines.