The Assiniboine Park Conservancy is proud to once again be the Manitoba launch location for the annual Get to Know Contest!
Canadian youth (19 and younger) are invited to go outside and "get to know" their natural world. Now in its 14th year, the Contest encourages all young people to develop a deeper appreciation for nature and biodiversity by getting outdoors and creating art, writing, digital photography, video and music.
The goal of the contest is to engage the power of art to help youth feel more connected with nature. It's all about making connections with other environmentally passionate youth, using the creative arts to convey their passion, and having their accomplishments celebrated. We invite youth to Connect…Create …Celebrate! with the Get to Know Contest.
Youth just need to get outdoors and share their outdoor experiences through the contest. So whether their outdoor experience begins with a single tree in a backyard or acres of boreal forest in a national park, the contest offers youth the opportunity to learn about and celebrate their local biodiversity. Winners will receive all kinds of wild prizes, including a chance to have their entry published in the 2014 Get to Know Calendar and tons of other great prizes.
The contest opens April 8 and runs until November 1. To learn more and find out how to enter, visit www.gettoknow.ca
This past summer, more than 10,000 visitors at gardens from coast to coast — including the Leo Mol Sculpture Garden at Assiniboine Park — filled out ballots for a chance to win the prestigious Canada’s Garden Route contest. The prize –– a trip for two, in VIA first class, to visit the winner’s choice of Feature Garden on Canada’s Garden Route. Depending on where the winner is from, and how far they choose to travel, the prize has a value of up to $11,000.
The winner of the 2013 contest winner is Helen Gorka of Cobourg, ON, who submitted her ballot at the Royal Botanical Gardens in Hamilton, ON.
The winning ballot was drawn by Alison Partridge of Going Gardens UK, at a recent meeting of the Canadian Federation of University Women’s Club, North Toronto Chapter. “Living in the UK, it is wonderful to see the tremendous interest in Canada’s magnificent gardens,” said Ms. Partridge, who, prior to moving to the UK was General Manager of Victoria’s world-renowned Butchart Gardens. “Everywhere I go in England, people ask me which gardens they should visit when they travel to Canada. It’s great to see that visiting Canada’s gardens is being recognized abroad as ‘not-to-be-missed’ tourist activity while in the country.”
Canada’s Garden Route is a website containing the most comprehensive listing of Canadian gardens and garden experiences. If you’re planning to stop in and visit some of the finest examples of horticulture the country has to offer, whether it’s a garden, a garden-focused festival, event, network, trail or community –– www.canadasgardenroute.ca –– is where to find the perfect garden experience.