Thursday, May 10, 2012

Biodiversity at its best

Why is the Weaselhead a living museum? Just ask the Science School Grade 5 classroom - they all know the answer.

The Weaselhead is a natural area in the southwest of the city and is literally the Science School’s back yard. The students make it very clear that the Weaselhead is more than just a park; it’s an educational tool.

Throughout their many years at the Science School,  students have developed a strong connection and appreciation of the nearby natural area through learning about the history and stories of the park, and exploring its diverse ecosystem.

The Science School will be showcasing an electronic version of the Weaselhead in the 2012 Mayor’s Environment Expo that will help them encourage participants to join in their efforts to protect the environment and bring greater awareness to the beauty and delicate ecosystem of their neighbouring park.

The interactive exhibit was created by analyzing photos from the park’s past, using maps, working with a local historian and other subject matter experts. To add an environmental twist, their exhibit will be crafted out of garbage and powered by peddling a bicycle.

“The Weaselhead is my favorite park in the city because there are tons of animals and it’s kept really clean,” says Alison Cameron. “We need to protect parks, like the Weaselhead. If we don’t, future people will not be able to enjoy them like we have the opportunity to now.”

The 2012 Mayor’s Environment Expo takes place June 5-7 at the Municipal Building.

All Showcase Schools qualify for a $250 grant from Encana to help with their projects. Free transportation to and from the Expo is provided by Calgary Transit.

To read more about the showcase school projects, visit

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