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Waterton-Glacier Science and History Day in Waterton Lakes National Park

Learn from scientists and historians working in Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park

Waterton Lakes National Park

Parks Canada and the U.S. National Park Service will host the 13th annual Waterton-Glacier Science and History Day at the Falls Theatre (near Cameron Falls) in Waterton Lakes National Park on Tuesday, July 26, 2016. This international event, held annually on the last Tuesday in July, is free of charge with park entry fees.  All are encouraged to attend.

Science and History Day is an incredible way for people to learn about the latest research directly from the scientists and historians working in and around the Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park. Experts will discuss their work in a non-technical style, with presentations grouped into themes of aquatic resources, landscapes, history and wildlife. Some of this year’s subjects include: the threats facing salamanders, cross-boundary work on climate change, the parks’ lesser-known past, and how remote cameras are used to track wildlife movement.

This year, we will celebrate the U.S. National Park Service’s centennial with a viewing of the 1954 film “Wardens of Waterton” featuring cooperative work with Glacier National Park’s Rangers. Science and History Day provides participants with an excellent opportunity to learn about their national parks and connect with the heritage of their protected places. Attendees are encouraged to bring a sack lunch for the 45-minute lunch break, so as not to miss the film viewing at 12:45 p.m.

Office of Public Instruction (OPI) renewal units will be available for Montana teachers who attend this conference. Attendees are reminded that a passport is required for crossing the U.S./Canada Border.

Quotes

“Science and History Day is an outstanding opportunity for all people to learn about some of the research in the Peace Park and personally connect with our environment and history. We look forward to welcoming everyone to Waterton for this special learning opportunity.”

Ifan Thomas, Waterton Lakes National Park Superintendent 

“The peace and friendship of the Peace Park is captured in the many cooperative projects carried out in our scientific community.”

Jeff Mow, Glacier National Park Superintendent 

Visitors learn about the positive effects of fire on the landscape at Science and History Day 2012. On July 26, 2016, Parks Canada is once again hosting the international event which alternates between Waterton Lakes and Glacier national parks. Photo courtesy of Parks Canada.
Visitors learn about the positive effects of fire on the landscape at Science and History Day 2012. On July 26, 2016, Parks Canada is once again hosting the international event which alternates between Waterton Lakes and Glacier national parks. Photo courtesy of Parks Canada.

Quick Facts

  • This is the 13th annual Science and History Day, an international event that alternates between Glacier National Park in Montana (odd years) and Waterton Lakes National Park in Alberta (even years).
  • Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park World Heritage Site is the world’s first International Peace Park. It was dedicated on June 18, 1932. There are now over 170 peace parks worldwide.

This year marks the centennial of the U.S. National Park Service. Science and History Day 2016 is one of the centennial events.

A detailed agenda is available at www.parkscanada.gc.ca/scienceandhistoryday or https://www.nps.gov/glac/learn/upload/Science-HistoryDay_Agenda_2016.pdf

Source:  Parks Canada Agency

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