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Neighbours in Nature: Right Here in Brentwood

 

Did you know we have a wonderful natural area space wholly within our community? Whispering Woods – a fragment of our native grassland and aspen parkland, and the adjacent Centennial Natureground – a reclaimed prairie ecosystem, are easily accessible from either Brenner or Barrett Drives in Brentwood Heights. There you will also find Whispering Signs, a unique set of interpretive panels including an outdoor alphabet, featuring original art and poetry by community members and students. Go explore – either on the ground or at www.natureground.org.

 

Enjoy these spaces at any time of year. As well, each summer, community members, neighbours from far and wide, and families from Dr. E.W. Coffin School, together with the City of Calgary provide stewardship of these special spaces through native biodiversity conservation.

 

Join In! New volunteers are always welcome. Below is a summer schedule and photos from another season of building friendships and community right here in Brentwood.

 

Thanks for your Giving: Neighbours in Community

 

2018 Summer Bees & Potlucks on Tuesdays: You’re Invited!

 

Join Us in Whispering Woods and the Centennial Natureground!

 

If you live, work, attend school, play, shop, volunteer, or visit in Brentwood – or would like to – please join us this summer for another season of social stewardship through biodiversity conservation in the Centennial Natureground and Whispering Woods – tucked away in the NW corner of Brentwood. All are WELCOME.

 

We will be meeting on Tuesdays, from the week of the Solstice through the week of Labour Day, alternating mornings and evenings, although the first one is in the afternoon, and the final one starts an hour earlier. We’ll also celebrate at the beginning and end of the season with POTLUCKS:

 

  1. JUNE 19, 3-5 p.m.: AFTERNOON Kickoff & Mentoring Session – Potluck Snacks
  2. SEPTEMBER 4, 5-7 p.m.; 7 p.m. Onwards: Windup Bee & Celebration – Potluck Snacks/Supper and BYOB

 

Calgarians have repeatedly demonstrated delight in getting to know their neighbours through shared activities of all sorts. You are heartily encouraged to enjoy such camaraderie by joining these fun and festive Community Biodiversity Bees. We will again be hosting regular Conversation & Conservation Bees throughout the growing season in Whispering Woods and the Centennial Natureground, caring for our native and reclaimed rough fescue prairie spaces right here in our shared community.

 

  • Bring your families; Bring your friends!
  • Make an outing of the occasion and enjoy the full opportunities provided by the area’s recreation, gardening, and gathering spaces.
  • Play. Socialize. Learn. Help. No experience required!
  • Strengthen and Sustain your community through conversation, collaboration, and celebration.

 

Please join us, whether for a few minutes or a few hours, during any or all of the following 12 events:


TUESDAY

BIODIVERSITY BEE

POTLUCK*

June

19

3-5 p.m. AFTERNOON

KICKOFF

 

 

9–11 a.m.

6–8 p.m.

 

June

26

 

EVENING

 

July

3

MORNING

 

 

 

10

 

EVENING

 

 

17

MORNING

 

 

 

24

 

EVENING

 

 

31

MORNING

 

 

August

7

 

EVENING

 

 

14

MORNING

 

 

 

21

 

EVENING

 

 

28

MORNING

 

 

September

4

5-7 p.m. EARLIER EVENING

7 p.m. Onwards


*You are more than welcome to join the potlucks even if you can’t join the BBs.


WHERE:
Meet at the Prairie Amphitheatre in Whispering Woods, just off Brenner Drive NW, or in the adjacent Centennial Natureground on the west side of Dr. Coffin School, at 5615 Barrett Drive NW. Dress for the weather, and for gardening! Although there will be some gloves and hand tools available to share, it would be helpful if you brought your own. We will be working in both Whispering Woods and the Centennial Natureground. Arrive and assist as you’re willing and able, and please BYO H2O.

 

To be notified about the schedule, to learn more about native plants, weeds, and grassland conservation, and to keep up with impromptu gatherings, please sign up for our listserv, as below – it’s only a few emails during the growing season, keeping your inbox relatively quiet. We welcome you to the growing circle of Neighbours as Stewards of our local spaces.

 

Environmentally yours, Polly Lee Knowlton Cockett

Grassroutes Ethnoecological Association, naturegroundnews@gmail.com