How We Do It
Public Resource Centre
The Biosphere Resource Centre is the base for our award-winning programs and includes wildlife and sustainable community displays and resources. It provides information on local and regional ecosystem issues and houses an extensive bibliographic ecosystem database of more than 7,600 records, plus a public library of 2,700 regional reports and maps. Equipment is also available for public loan and includes Kill-a-Watt meters and aquatic restoration equipment (hip waders, garbage retrievers, boots, etc.). Find out more at http://biosphereinstitute.org/contact/
Sustainable Action Canmore/Banff
Are you interested in reducing your environmental footprint and taking sustainable action? Join almost 1,000 Canmore, Banff and Exshaw residents to receive sustainability tips (twice a month) to make your home, work and recreation more sustainable. Learn about local sustainability workshops, events, and rebates. Find out more at http://biosphereinstitute.org/activities
Join us for our new Next Steps Cafés! Topics include: Solar Panels for your Home, Slash your Water Costs, E-Biking, Winterize your Home, and When your Home is Alone. You can also try our 55 minute Make Your Own Green Cleaning Products Workshop or our 40 minute Make Your Own Worm Composting Workshop. We also facilitate a Household EcoTeam Workshop Series to help reduce your household’s environmental footprint. Get the tools you need to take practical actions to create a more sustainable lifestyle. Find out more at http://biosphereinstitute.org/activities
Biosphere Youth Movies
The Biosphere Youth Movie-Making Program provides students in the Bow Valley the opportunity to teach other youth and the general public about the environment. The Biosphere Institute engages teams or classes of local youth in workshops to help write, direct, act in and edit their own movie shorts. Find out more at http://biosphereinstitute.org/activities
The Biosphere Institute’s Wildlife EduKits are a core part of wildlife education for Bow Valley students. Youth learn about wildlife that live in the Bow Valley with hands-on artifacts including bear pelts and elk antlers. The Bear, Wolf, Elk and Cougar EduKits are loaned to teachers or presented by Biosphere Institute educators. EduKit programming reaches over 700 students each year in Bow Valley schools.
Aquatic Habitat Restoration
In the Bow Valley and Kananaskis Country, high levels of human use in aquatic areas have resulted in a degradation of habitat quality. Invasive plants, garbage, fishing line and hooks reduce the quality of these riparian habitats. The Biosphere Institute has worked with Alberta Parks and 200+ volunteers to remove over 4,500 kg of invasive plants and garbage from aquatic habitat to date.
WildSmart Community Program
WildSmart is a proactive conservation strategy that encourages efforts by communities to reduce negative human-wildlife interactions. WildSmart’s goal is to develop a coordinated approach to education and outreach programs that aid in increasing public safety and enjoyment while contributing to sustainable wildlife populations. Find out more at www.wildsmart.ca
Canmore Community Monitoring Program
The Canmore Community Monitoring Program produces a bi-annual report detailing demographic, social, economic, and environmental trends and conditions in the community. The program was established to monitor and evaluate trends developing in the community. It was designed to assist with municipal and community decision-making, to serve as part of an early detection system that assists in identifying risk areas that threaten the health of the community, and to present a snapshot of the community’s progress towards its vision. Find out more at http://biosphereinstitute.org/activities/#!mg_ld=452