Friday, January 24, 2014

Little encounters with nature make a big impression on Calgary kids

After seeing a baby deer in one of Calgary’s park, eleven-year-old Abby Benwood was inspired to take a photo of the little animal. She then submitted the photo to The City of Calgary Parks’ Get To Know contest and won.

On January 26, Parks is holding a celebration event for the four winners of the contest and the 228 other Calgary kids and youth who created similar nature-inspired works of art.

Calgarians are invited to the event to meet the kids, see their original works of art and learn more about the Get To Know Program offered. An overall Calgary winner will be announced at the event too!

The Get To Know contest runs every year from April to November. It invites kids and youth, ages five to 18, to get outdoors and create art, writing, photography, videography and music. Every year each entry is also submitted to the International Get To Know Contest, put on by the Get To Know Foundation.

“Our goal is to help foster kids’ connections to nature so they are aware of their impact on the environment and wildlife,” says Kym McCulley, Environmental and Education Initiative Lead, City of Calgary Parks. “This contest is also all about getting kids outdoors to discover first-hand the world around them.”

Join us this Sunday, January 26, 2014 at Devonian Gardens (400, 317 7 Ave. SW) located in the CORE Shopping Centre from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

For more information about the Get To Know contest, please visit

1 comment:

  1. The problem is not streets deemed passable but streets completely overlooked. Our cul de sac at Woodgreen Pl SW was far less traversible then the nearby crescents yet the crescents get plowed for blocks around us and ours wasn't. Our cul-de-sac is often overlooked as it's often mistaken for the second entrance to a nearby crescent so the miss is understandable but then this nonsense of it being deemed passable when far more passable streets were graded all around is nonsense and insulting. The ruts are down to the asphalt now due to the heating but cars still hit bottom and the neighborhood just gathered to push a car into number 15's driveway, yes even at 9 pm Sat, three days after the garbage trucks made the ruts, we are still pushing cars. We've been chiseling at the edges of the ruts to be able to turn into the driveway and one neighbour managed to clear a path to their driveway completely. It's quite likely we should be fine if no more snow or garbage trucks show up but only through days of work by the neighborhood. This one block will probably not be favorable to any incumbents soon.