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One of the biggest benefits to Katrina Froese's job at FortWhyte Alive is the ability to work outdoors year-round:

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One of the biggest benefits to Katrina Froese's job at FortWhyte Alive is the ability to work outdoors year-round: "In terms of what I like about my job, it is really the diversity of things I get to do, from snowshoeing with school groups in the winter and go hunting for butterflies and marsh insects with families in the summer." Photo Store

KATRINA FROESE, 28

Education programs co-ordinator at FortWhyte Alive

 

ACCOMPLISHMENTS: As FortWhyte's resident 'insect expert,' Froese has been interested in bugs since she was a child helping her father with his beekeeping business on a farm near Morden. She's worked at FortWhyte for five years and loves to teach kids about bugs. She's an avid camper, canoeist and cyclist who often bikes to work from her Wolseley home.

Froese will host two types of interpretive sessions at various times in July and August. They are free with regular admission. The Butterfly Walk is held every Friday through Aug. 22 at 11 a.m. where you can take a hike with Froese around FortWhyte Alive as she identifies various species of butterflies and other bugs.

Wild for Bugs is for children aged five to nine to help them discover more about our six-legged friends. Froese will lead them on a hunt for insects in a variety of habitats around FortWhyte Alive and look at them through magnifiers before letting them go free. The next sessions will be July 25 and Aug. 15 at 1:00 to 2:30 p.m.

"My favourite moments are when I start with kids that are afraid of insects, spiders, or just getting wet or muddy -- and end up seeing them elbow deep in the marsh trying to find a leech. I believe that being outdoors is one of the healthiest things for us, and my job lets me help adults and kids realize this for themselves."

 

1. Favourite workout?

In the summer it is running along the trails between Wolseley and Assiniboine Park and biking to work at FortWhyte Alive. In the winter, it is cross-country skiing.

2. Favourite workout song?

I like anything electronic -- CBC Music has a good electronic workout mix. Outside of that, I'm enjoying Coldplay's new album Ghost Stories and anything by Metric.

 

3. Fitness tip?

Exercising outside is way more fun. If you dress for the weather, you can be outside every day of the year!

 

4.What's in your fridge?

Lots of vegetables and fruit for quick snacks. I love natural nut butters on crackers or toast, and switch between different kinds as they have different nutritional benefits. Peanut butter is my main standby, but sunflower seed butter and tahini contain more iron and calcium. One of my favourite meals is chickpea curry with coconut milk and brown rice.

 

5.What's your guilty pleasure?

I go overboard on trail mix, so I try to only have it around when I really need it -- hiking trips, for example. I also love anything covered in dark chocolate, especially dark chocolate-covered digestive biscuits.

ashley.prest@freepress.mb.ca

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition July 12, 2014 D14

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