Spring Into Action

Register for new fitness sessions starting mid-March! 

Register Here

The committee of the Discovery Nature Sanctuary (DNS) in Winkler is working hard to grow awareness of the environmental gem and ultimately would love to see hundreds of students visit the site each year.

Already meeting with principals and the past superintendent of the Garden Valley School Division (GVSD) last year, Committee Chair Paul Goosen met with division board last week to "reveal the resource" to them.

The presentation was meant to bring awareness about the incredible resource opportunity they have in their own backyard. "The beauty of this place, is it's so close to all of their schools within the division," says Goosen.

Goosen says environmental education is such an important facet that many students need to know and need to learn about. "It has implications for daily life, it has implications for the government, it has implications for their jobs, there's just a lot of benefits."

Goosen adds he's hoping the DNS will be a key component in the education within the Garden Valley School Division. "It's such a tremendous, accessible resource where teachers cannot only do science, but they can do arts or photography and history . . . there's just so many subjects you could work off of a site like this."

For the kids, Goosen says, "it's one thing to sit in a desk and learn the theory, but to actually go out into the environment and see what you have learned in the classroom actually taking place in real life is huge."

Looking to the future, Goosen says the committee would love to see a water festival at the sanctuary, which would be similar and modelled after the one at the Binney Corner Nature Preserve west of Manitou. Goosen says each year hundreds of kids attend the Binney festival and learn about water quality, soil, and aquatic insects, and overall get a deeper appreciation for the water cycle and its importance in the environment.

"I'm hoping that in the future this will be a chance for many kids to explore subjects that they're very interested in, and perhaps urge them on to do careers in science or some other facet that will satisfy them and just encourage their passions."

Goosen says they're hoping that in time, in collaboration with the City of Winkler and GVSD, that they'll be able to make a great program for kids in the division, and kids in other divisions as well.

More Local News

Remembering Prominent Community Builder Greg Ens

A well-known Winkler businessman passed away on the weekend. Greg Ens lost a hard-fought battle with cancer on Saturday. The 48-year-old was former owner and general manager of Southland Honda. Staff…

Latest Flood Forecast Has Red River Exceeding 2009 Levels

The Red River and its tributaries will see substantial flooding this spring, according to the latest provincial flood forecast issued Monday afternoon. With normal or average weather conditions, the…

Six-Patient Dialysis Expansion Coming To Boundary Trails Health Centre

Boundary Trails Health Centre will see a six-patient expansion of dialysis services. The announcement was made Monday by the Provincial Government as part of a $5.2 million Manitoba-wide dialysis…

Emerson-Franklin Emergency Responders Jump Into Action To Save Asylum Seeker

Local emergency responders rescued an asylum seeker near Emerson on the weekend. The woman was attempting to walk across the border into Canada when she became stuck in deep snow early Saturday…

SERC Monitoring Provincial Flood Situation, Ready To Help If Called Upon

The Southern Emergency Response Committee (SERC) is keeping on top of things as the threat of possible spring flooding looms. Emergency Coordinator for SERC, Darin Driedger says for the area they…

Municipality Of Pembina Preparing For Potential Spring Flooding

The Reeve for the Municipality of Pembina says overland flooding is a concern this spring. Glen Shishkoski says public works crews continue to monitor troublesome areas, and like many other areas are…

Voting Day Set For Borderland PC Nomination

Members of the PC Party of Manitoba in the constituency of Borderland will get a chance to vote for the nominee of their choice next month. The party has scheduled the vote to take place at Altona's…

Boyne Regional Library Sets Goal To Tackle Renovations

The Boyne Regional Library has been working hard to gain ground of fundraising for the first phase of their expansion project. Part one is a one storey addition of 1,700 sq. ft., and renovations to…

New PVWC Co-Chairs Eager To Get To Work

There is new leadership at the helm of the Pembina Valley Water Co-op (PVWC) Board of Directors. Don Wiebe, reeve for the Municipality of Rhineland, and R.M. of Dufferin Reeve George Gray are eager…

Spring, A Good Time To Plan House Repairs

This winter saw record setting temperatures and one of the coldest Februarys in recent memory. However, along with the cold, many were also feeling the pain when the heating bill came. With spring…

PembinaValleyOnline.com is your only local source for community news and information such as weather and classifieds.

Search the Biz Guide

Login