Edgar Allardyce "Kerry" Wood came to Red Deer in 1918 as a young boy from New York. He spent his free moments wandering through the forest, looking at and learning from the wildlife he saw. His endless amount of questions were answered by friendly librarians, by the native people he met in his wanderings and by friends in the Alberta Natural History Society.
When he was a teenager, Kerry Wood decided to stay in Red Deer and make his living as a writer while his parents moved to British Columbia. His first winter was tough, surviving upon fish he could catch in the river, animals he could catch, edible wild plants and gifts from friends. The hardships of that winter, his experiences as a scout and scout leader and his many years as the volunteer warden for the Gaetz Lakes Sanctuary provided Kerry Wood with the stories that he wrote on paper. During his career, Kerry Wood wrote 6,200 short stories, 8,000 articles, 9,000 newspaper columns and hundreds of television and radio programs.
The Nature Centre is located at 6300 - 45 Avenue in Red Deer. For more information on the Nature Centre and its programs you can reach them by phone (403)346-2010, fax 403 347-2550, or online through its website or via email at email@example.com. The Kerry Wood Nature Centre is open year-round, closing only on Christmas day.