ASSINIBOINE PARK ZOO: Guided tour of Journey to Churchill and the Leatherdale Polar Bear Conservation Centre
10:00 AM - ~12 PM
Cost: $95 USD
Capacity: 25-50 people
Wednesday, October 11th
The next best thing to traveling up to Churchill at a fraction of the cost, this tour offers NASBR attendees a behind the scenes peek at one the world’s best arctic exhibits and a chance to see polar bears, and other arctic wildlife, up close. The tour starts with a visit to the 10-acre exhibit, featuring unobstructed views of various northern species. The animal care team will walk you through some of their conservation and research work and guide you through the Sea Ice Passage underwater viewing tunnels where, with luck, you’ll see bears swimming overhead. The Aurora Borealis Theatre offers a stunning display of the Northern Lights and an eight-minute film, Rhythms of the North. The visit ends with a behind-the-scenes tour of the Leatherdale International Polar Bear Conservation Centre and visit the Churchill Coast and town site to learn about co-existing with polar bears and northern wildlife. At the end of the tour you are welcome to continue exploring the other exhibits at the zoo and throughout Assiniboine park, or make your way back to the hotel to get ready for the Spallanzani Curling Funspiel at 2 pm.
SPALLANZANI CURLING FUNSPIEL FUNDRAISER
Wednesday October 11, 2023
Time: 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Location: Granite Curling Club
Cost: $55 USD Regular, $37.50 USD Student
Capacity: 48 people
What would a Canadian NASBR be without a curling tournament?! Whether a beginner or seasoned pro, join us at the picturesque Granite Curling Club, Manitoba’s oldest and arguably, most beautiful, curling club. The event will take place from 2:00 to 4:00 PM on Wednesday, October 11. Curlers should make their way to the Granite Curling Club for 2pm. The curling club is a 20 min walk or 5-10 minute Uber from the conference hotel (Fort Garry Hotel and Spa) - Google Map directions can be found by clicking here. Drinks will be available for purchase. Following the curling extravaganza, participants will need to make their way back to the hotel to rest up for the next event - the Opening Reception at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights!
Wednesday, October 11th
Time: 6:00 to 9:00 PM
Location: Canadian Museum for Human Rights
You won’t want to miss the opening reception, held in the beautiful Stuart Clark Garden of Contemplation at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. In the centre of the Garden is an elevator to the Israel Asper Tour of Hope which offers an incredible panoramic view of Winnipeg. NASBR delegates will have free access to the CMHR for the duration of the conference plus a couple of days before and after. Google Map directions for the 8 min walk from the Fort Garry Hotel to the Museum can be found by clicking here.
The Stuart Clark Garden of Contemplation
The exterior of The Canadian Museum of Human Rights
Friday, October 13th
Cost: FREE Sign-up here - https://tinyurl.com/fruitbats2023
Location: Across the Board, 211 Bannatyne Ave
The LGBTQIA+ mixer will be held Across the Board. This event is a queer affinity space, providing a safe and inclusive environment for individuals who identify as part of the LGBTQIA+ community to network, socialize, and have fun. It's an opportunity to connect with others who share similar experiences and identities, build community and support networks, and enjoy the wide selection of board games and delicious food and drinks that Across the Board is known for. Appetizers and non-alcoholic drinks will be provided, with options to purchase from the onsite cash bar. Rides to and from the conference hotel will be available for participants on the night of the event via rideshare apps.
DIVERSITY IN SCIENCE BREAKFAST
Saturday, October 14th
Location: Fort Garry Hotel, Room TBD
The Diversity in Science Breakfast is an opportunity to explore and discuss issues that involve all of us in a friendly open forum. The goal is to promote conversation and actions to help us achieve an inclusive, diverse, and supportive culture in STEM, both within our own NASBR society and at our home institutions. Enjoy your morning coffee and breakfast bites while considering ways to recognize and defeat implicit bias, conquer imposter syndrome, and build inclusive and supportive environments for diversity in science. All are welcome!
Saturday, October 14th
Cost: $62 USD regular, $40 USD Student
Location: Fort Garry Hotel
Conference delegates are encouraged to attend this year's banquet. In addition to a delicious meal and the award presentations you will enjoy a performance by the Asham Stompers who will showcase the Red River Jig, a traditional Métis dance developed in the 1700s in a colony at what is now known as the Forks.
SUNDAY OUTREACH WORKSHOP
Sunday, October 15th
Location: Fort Whyte Alive
This exciting event, a direct descendant of NASBR’s long-running Teacher’s Workshop, will happen on Sunday at an outstanding nature interpretive centre in Winnipeg called Fort Whyte Alive. Please consider staying an extra day whether you are a total newcomer to bat outreach and education or a seasoned veteran. For more details go see the page for this event.
Please see the Call for Workshops and consider pitching one!
Additional FREE EVENTS
Please watch this space for more information about other no-cost events occurring during the conference including:
- Lunch with a mentor (Thursday, Friday and Saturday)
- Student Mixer (Thursday Oct 12, students only!)