Over 600 people ski the trails to celebrate World Snow Day 2019 at the Strathcona Wilderness Centre. Children in Bunnies and Jackrabbits classes worked on their ski skills. Adults took learn to ski classes, some in preparation for skiing the Canadian Birkebeiner. Families skied the trails, trying to spot moose along the trail.
Biologists from the Alberta Chapter of the Wildlife Society hosted the UNESCO Beaver Hills Biosphere BioBlitz to help participants better understand winter ecology. Children touched Vinnie, a peregrine falcon brought by biologist Gord Court. Families learned about beaver adaptations and checked out displays of bones, antlers hosted by Nature Kids, the Friends of Elk Island National Park, the Alberta Conservation Association, Nature Lynx, and Alberta Environment and Parks. Children headed out on a digital scavenger hunt to capture the plants, signs of animals, sky and snow at the Centre. Track ‘N Trail showcased ski gear and gave tips to skiers. Skiers donated to our local food bank.
A perfect warm winter day of skiing, hot chocolate and wildlife was had by all! We are looking forward to World Snow Day 2020.