New student exhibit on display at the Environmental Education Centre

Alberta's Energy History and Future installation

Starting on June 22, the Environmental Education Centre (ECC) will be home to a new energy-focused, youth-built installation around “Alberta’s Energy History & Future”. The inclusive installation was developed as part of the Alberta Narratives Project, which brought youth together to communicate how they see Alberta's energy, history and future.

“We are thrilled to be able to host this energy-themed art exhibit, which was not only created by our regional youth to tell the story of energy in our province, but also looks at traditional Indigenous energy systems in the Treaty Seven region,” said Allan Boss, Culture & Heritage Team Leader. “Learning this history is especially valuable for us all during National Indigenous History Month.”

Alberta's Energy History & Future 
This installation includes imagery of an old Albertan oil derrick, a geologic cross section, Indigenous land recognition and traditional energy systems, an innovative vertical wind turbine, with a patchwork of art contributions from various youth groups including: Siksika Nation High School, St. Vincent de Paul School, St. Ambrose School, and youth from Boys and Girls Clubs of Airdrie. The concept for this art installation was created by Patrick Duke at the University of Calgary, who will be leading the installation at the ECC. The installation was created in 2019 as part of Alberta EcoTrust’s Annual Environmental Gathering; since then it has exhibited at numerous spaces and locations.  

This exhibit adds a new education topic to, and fits well within, the EEC, which currently offers a visual exploration of Okotoks' water system, and people's interdependency with it, how we should best sustainably manage it, where it goes after we use it, and what the future holds for the Town’s water supply.  

The ECC will feature this youth-built exhibit until April 2023. The Environmental Education Centre is open to the public  8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday and is located at 1118 North Railway Street (attached to the Okotoks Operations Centre).

Residents are encouraged to stop by anytime the ECC is open, or to drop by on any Nature Friday, which is programmed weekly with free, family-friendly activities centered around a different environmental or nature topic each week. Visit for the weekly themes and activities.

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Department: Environment & Sustainability