An­drews’ Wildlife of the Oldman River Val­ley DVD re­lease to raise funds for Out­door Learn­ing Class­room at He­len Schuler Na­ture Cen­tre

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The Friends of the He­len Schuler Na­ture Cen­tre So­ci­ety is proud to present the of­fi­cial DVD re­lease of the lo­cal doc­u­men­tary Wildlife of the Oldman River Val­ley filmed by Rick An­drews.

The screen­ing and DVD re­lease will take place on Sept. 29, at 3 p.m. at the Lethbridge Public Li­brary (main branch) in sup­port of the He­len Schuler Na­ture Cen­tre’s Out­door Learn­ing Class­room and Am­phithe­atre project. The spe­cial event will fea­ture a screen­ing of the film, a Ques­tion and An­swer ses­sion with wildlife pho­tog­ra­pher and film­maker Rick An­drews, and an op­por­tu­nity to pur­chase a copy of the Wildlife of the Oldman River Val­ley DVD.

All pro­ceeds from the event and DVD sales will go to­wards the Out­door Learn­ing Class­room and Am­phithe­atre project. Con­cept de­signs for the project will be on dis­play at the event.

Those in­ter­ested in a DVD for their col­lec­tion are en­cour­aged to pre-or­der their copy on­line at www.Na­tureCen­tre.ca.

At its heart, Wildlife of the Oldman River Val­ley is about con­nect­ing peo­ple with na­ture. The film takes view­ers on a 43-minute jour­ney through the di­verse wildlife in Lethbridge’s river val­ley.

“Through my pho­tog­ra­phy and film­mak­ing, I al­ways try to con­nect peo­ple to our nat­u­ral world, be­cause quite of­ten we will only care about the things that we are emo­tion­ally con­nected to,” ex­plains An­drews. “The pro­grams de­liv­ered by the Na­ture Cen­tre in the out­door learn­ing class­room will help cre­ate this con­nec­tion, and what bet­ter way to learn about the nat­u­ral world around us than be­ing to­tally im­mersed in it.”

The He­len Schuler Na­ture Cen­tre’s new out­door class­room will re­place an out­dated struc­ture with a multi-func­tional space that al­lows for group gath­er­ings, pre­sen­ta­tions, and quiet re­flec­tion.

“We had over 51,000 vis­i­tors at the Na­ture Cen­tre last year, and our cur­rent out­door struc­ture has reached the end of its life-cycle,” says Cur­tis Good­man, Re­source De­vel­op­ment Co­or­di­na­tor with the He­len Schuler Na­ture Cen­tre.

“The Out­door Learn­ing Class­room and Am­phithe­atre project will re­place the ag­ing struc­ture with ex­cit­ing new fea­tures and univer­sal ac­ces­si­bil­ity, so that we can con­tinue to pro­vide ex­cep­tional pro­gram­ming and places of re­flec­tion for our vis­i­tors. We are hon­oured to have the sup­port and tal­ents of Rick An­drews for this project.”

To learn more about Wildlife of the Oldman River Val­ley, or to pre-or­der the DVD, visit https://na­turecen­tre.ca/merch/wildlifedvd

Those wish­ing to se­cure seats at the screen­ing on Sept. 29, are en­cour­aged to do so be­fore seats sell out at https://na­turecen­tre.ca/events

De­tailed in­for­ma­tion on the Out­door Learn­ing Class­room and Am­phithe­atre project is avail­able at https://na­turecen­tre.ca/out­door-class­room-an­damphithe­atre-project/

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