TD’s Deputy Chair Frank McKenna, Calgary Parks Director Anne Charlton and Mayor Naheed Nenshi officially launched the Outdoor Learning Centre on April 2, 2014
The Inglewood Bird Sanctuary is a special place for Calgarians of all ages. In 2014, Calgary Parks, with the help of the TD Bank Group, announced the addition of a new outdoor learning centre to make the sanctuary even more remarkable and unique. This outdoor classroom will allow Parks to expand its programs that teach children about nature and the environment.
In 2012, the sanctuary hosted over 30,000 children and adults through school and nature programs. Some of these programs were offered at a viewing platform that was destroyed in the 2013 flood. The learning centre will allow Parks to increase school program attendance, and will provide additional space for adult programs through an expanded season.
It’s important to Calgary Parks to provide opportunities for children to go outside and to foster a love for nature. Spending time outdoors is a part of healthy childhood development. Children who are connected to nature have a better sense of the world around themselves. They not only reap benefits for their own well-being, but develop a better understanding of the impact of their actions on the environment.
About the learning centre
The outdoor learning centre will be a small structure with special conservation features used to encourage the study of nature.
The heavy timber structure will have a footprint slightly larger than a two-car garage, and will be built in an area that has been previously used for construction staging to ensure minimal impact to the sanctuary's birds and natural environment. We anticipate construction will begin late spring 2017.