Monthly Archives: July 2018

Join the Guardians of the Wild Scavenger Hunt at the Calgary Zoo!

Are you ready to share our conservation actions and pledge to take action in your daily life?

Are you ready to be a GUARDIAN OF THE WILD?

Introducing Guardians of the Wild, the Calgary Zoo’s new on-park program designed to share their conservation action stations and encourage you to take action to protect wildlife and wild places. This interactive program will help to enhance your zoo experience and inspire a visit to all corners of the park.

Here’s how the program will work:

  • They’ve designated 10 action stations throughout the zoo where you will be urged to take
    a pledge for wildlife.
  • These pledges are tied to simple actions that we can all take in our daily lives to make
    an impact.
  • For each pledge you learn about and visit, you will be given a unique code to that action
  • Once you have collected all 10 codes, or as many as you can, head over to the website and enter them for a chance to win galactic-size prizes including a trip for 2 to China to see giant pandas.
  • To help you navigate your way through the park, they’ve replaced all of the existing maps
    with new Action Maps that reflect this program (check it out below!)
  • When you are visiting and if you have more questions, stop by the Calgary Zoo’s Plan Your Visit booth near the main north entrance or check the website!
  • The program runs from July 4 – September 3 and the winners will be contacted by September 4. A full list of the rules and regulations is listed on the website.

The more stations you visit the more chances you have to win fabulous prizes, including a trip to China!

Prizes include:

  • Pollinator Yard Kit: Includes seed package, native plant nursery gift certificate, container pollinator garden, package of local honey, non-toxic lawn care package, permaculture garden tour.
  • Food and Fun Basket: Chocolate gift basket from a Rainforest Alliance certified partner, Cococo by Bernard Callebaut, Coffee from Kicking Horse, lemur puppet.
  • Refurbished Macbook Air sourced from GEEP.
  • Oceanwise Culinary Delight Package: Gift certificate(s) to experience local restaurants and food vendors that feature Oceanwise products.
  • Trip for 4 to the Burgess Shale in Field, BC including accommodations in Field, BC and guided hike.
  • Gift certificates for Forest school registration and MEC.
  • Camping gear package, oTENTik stay in Banff.
  • Columbia River Paddle trip for 4, plus accommodations in Radium, BC, and a rain barrel.
  • 4 tickets to Panda Breakfast.
  • One grand prize trip for two to China. Includes $4500 credit with a Tour Operator to cover flights, hotels, and a visit to Panda Base at Chengdu. Also includes $500 spending money.

Click on the map below to get started!

Stop Stampede Frowns Before They Start!

by Parenting Power

Plan First

Do a little planning before you head out. Decide what makes sense for your family and let your kids know the plan from the start; involve them in the planning if you can.

Junk Food

One corn dog, the works or somewhere in between? Decide now so that your kids don’t have to beg and you don’t have to argue.


What’s your spending limit? Are you paying for everything or will the kids need to use their allowance for games and souvenirs?This will make yes and no much easier in the heat of the moment.


How many are allowed? Which ones are off limits? Who is paying for them? How long are you willing to stand in line for that roller coaster anyway?

Home Time

Let the kids know the time you are leaving, give them a warning and then stick to what you say. If you know that you will cave when your kids beg to stay, just decide to stay without setting the limit – match your words and your actions. If you know that your kids will melt down at a certain time, GO HOME before then, please.

Too Rich For My Blood

There are often good money-saving deals to be had on tickets to grounds,, but if a trip is beyond your budget, choose other activities around the city that fit. Rather than saying, “We can’t afford it,” which may leave your kids wondering whether you can pay for groceries, say, “We’re choosing to spend our money differently this year.”


Ask your kids what they would do if they got lost. Don’t just tell them what to do, be sure that they can tell you. They need to know (or have with them) your contact info.

Teens on Their Own?

If you are worried about your kids being at Stampede on their own, go together and set short times for them to go off and meet back at a prearranged place and time. This will help them to learn responsibility and you to determine whether they are ready for more freedom next year.


Pick a curfew that makes sense for your child and your family. Discuss how the children will get home and what they can do if they run into a problem. When setting curfews, always discuss the consequence as well as the expectation. “When you are home on time, you are showing me that I can trust your word. If you are not home on time, you will not have the freedom to head out again until you have built up the trust again.”

Smartphone Etiquette

provided by Access to Culture

July is National Cell Phone Courtesy Month, and a great time to talk to your kids about Smartphone etiquette. What do they need to know?

Sharon Schweitzer, an international etiquette and modern manners expert, who is the founder of Access to Culture, offers these tips:

  • Avoid texting, talking and driving: If your kids are of driving age, this can never be said enough. Not only is it discourteous to others on the road, but it is also a safety hazard. Many cities and states have regulations prohibiting texting while driving; and a few allow talking with the use of a hands-free device. The National Safety Council website provides statistics on distracted driving and advises that even hands-free cell phone use leads to cognitive distraction and slower reaction times:
  • Observe silence in places of worship, cinemas, museums and libraries: Checking your phone or having it ring during a religious service—even if you don’t actually post or text—is a major faux pas and is quite inconsiderate of those around you. Traditional religious or holy sites and homes of the arts are places where there isn’t an exception to the rule. Mobile phones are off-limits. If you must check your phone, go outside and move at least 10 feet away from the building.
  • Avoid talking in a waiting room: When waiting for an appointment, the time may be spent completing forms, watching TV or quietly reading. Many medical and dental providers post signs prohibiting mobile phone calls, while allowing texting. Keep in mind that others in the room may have a serious condition, and someone else’s chatter can only add to the anxiety. If a phone call is urgent, step outside to avoid disturbing others.
  • Use a quiet voice in public: It goes without saying that shouting on the cell phone is rude, and even if the conversation is positive and exuberant those around you may not be so enthused. Modern manners experts recommend that you lower your voice, so others cannot hear your conversation. If the person on the other end has trouble hearing you, find a private place to continue the conversation.
  • No calls on public transportation: On public transportation, it may be crowded, hot and space may be at a premium. Passengers are often impatient and ready to get to their destination. The last thing they want to do is listen to a Chatty Cathy on the cell phone. Be mindful of those around you and keep cell phone usage to texting (with the sound off) while on public transit.
  • Be mindful of conversations: As juicy as it may be, no one wants to hear your best friend’s latest drama discussed in a loud, detailed conversation in public. Keep private conversations private; wait to take those calls when you’re at home in a space with no noise restrictions or public etiquette concerns.
  • Cross the street phone free: Even with protected crosswalks, it is imperative for pedestrians to pay attention when crossing the road in busy traffic. In the road there are distracted drivers (those phones again!), EMS and commuters bustling every which way – being on the phone while walking in the middle of the street only adds to the hazard. If you’re in a conversation, wait to cross until after you hang up, or put the person on “hold” or mute.