Cooking with Photons: Harnessing the Power of the Sun

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Local teens are encouraged to register for a workshop on alternative energy and sustainability taking place on Monday February 15th at the Helen Schuler Nature Centre.  The workshop, targeting youth ages 11 – 15, will start at 1:00pm and is part of the Nature Centre’s Family Day activities.

The Extreme by Nature ‘Solar Ovens’ workshop will bring together volunteers from Lethbridge Sustainable Living Association (LSLA), Environment Lethbridge, and the Nature Centre in order to teach teens about solar cooking devices, how to build them, and how to use them to cook lunch.  

“This is a fabulous way to help people understand the resource we have in the sun,” said LSLA vice-president Thomas Porter. “Southern Alberta has the greatest potential in Canada to develop safe, effective alternative energy right here. We need to get people excited about our new energy future in this province.”

Jessica Deacon-Rogers, with the Helen Schuler Nature Centre (HSNC), is excited to be partnering with groups like Environment Lethbridge and the LSLA.

“Our Extreme by Nature programs allow teens the opportunity to meet and learn from local experts,” says Deacon-Rogers. “Workshops such as this one allow youth to take action and learn how they can make a positive impact on our environment right here in Lethbridge.”

The HSNC offers Extreme by Nature programs, for youth ages 11 – 15, on a monthly basis throughout the year.  These programs are generously funded by the Alberta Conservation Association.  There is no cost to attend the solar oven workshop and each participant will take home their own solar oven.

Contact the Helen Schuler Centre for registration details – 403-320-3064. Limited space is available and early registration is recommended.


If you would like more information, please contact Jessica Deacon-Rogers at 403-320-3064 or email