Meewasin announced today that SaskEnergy provided a $100,000 grant to support the Beaver Creek Interpretive Centre to reconstruct a new Beaver Room.
The Beaver Room with its iconic beaver lodge is a unique feature of the Beaver Creek Interpretive Centre. The room was heavily damaged by flooding in summer 2009 and has been under repairs to renovate and water proof.
The new Beaver Room – renamed the SaskEnergy Beaver Pond includes interactive elements that create a more complete understanding and appreciation for the adaptations and life-cycle of the beaver. The new displays will include interactive exhibits, Chip’s corner with actual beaver elements, and a new Beaver Lodge. World renowned Aldrich Pears and Associates who previously created the Saskatchewan River Basin Water Play Feature at River Landing are leading the design team with Dennis Beauchesne & Company from Regina in charge of fabrication.
"SaskEnergy is very pleased to partner with Meewasin in this unique environmental project and to participate, along with other partners, in the reconstruction of this important educational facility," said Ron Podbielski, Executive Director, Corporate Affairs. "We look forward to joining with residents of the Saskatoon area and indeed the entire Province in seeing this facility revitalized.”
Donations from TD Friends of the Environment, Saskatchewan Community Investment Fund and other private donors will help to cover the costs to make the new facilities accessible and attractive.
Meewasin invites the media and public to visit the Beaver Creek Interpretive Centre to watch as construction progresses.
For more information, contact Susan Lamb or Doug Porteous at Meewasin at 665-6887
Background on the Beaver Creek Interpretive Centre:
Beaver Creek Conservation Area is located 13km south of Saskatoon. A sheltered creek, river valley, and prairie habitat offer a diversity of flora and fauna for visitors. It is the microcosm of the Meewasin Valley, and contains one of the few uncultivated short grass prairie sites in Saskatchewan. The interpretive centre and staff provide opportunities to discover nature during the four seasons to discover nature along a selection of trails. Each year Grade 5 students from school divisions in Saskatoon and surrounding area visit the Beaver Creek interpretive Centre as part of their school curriculum.
The new SaskEnergy Beaver Pond includes:
- A webcam that will provide a direct link to flora and fauna activities outdoors
- Modification to the design and layout of the area
- Addition of wheelchair access to the lower level where the Beaver Pond is situated
- Construction of a new Beaver Lodge that kids can crawl in to experience a beaver’s life
- Chip’s Corner that explains how a beaver is built and why it is built like it is.