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When Life Gives You Snow, Go Snowshoeing

New interpretive snowshoe program available for Calgary and area students

Calgary, AB – The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society Southern Alberta Chapter (CPAWS SAB) is launching their first-ever interpretive snowshoe program for Calgary and area students. The new program is geared towards getting students out in nature and showing them what happens with wildlife and ecosystems during the winter months.

The program builds on the success of the Education team’s hiking program. While the team has been offering curriculum-linked outdoor programs during warm weather months for the past 20 years, this is the first time they’ve offered outdoor programming during the winter months.

“The snowshoe program was inspired by teachers,” says Jaclyn Angotti, Education Director, CPAWS SAB.

“Teachers have a great appreciation for our hiking programs, and they expressed an interest in expanding environmental education into the winter months. Now we can accommodate their request.”

This new program gives students an opportunity to connect with nature and their local environment, and get fresh air and exercise during all seasons. Angotti says igniting students’ interest in the outdoors and encouraging them to explore the natural world is an important first step toward fostering a life-long appreciation for the wilderness.

Teachers who have been a part of the program agree. Junior High school teacher Timothy Mang expressed how effective and important CPAWS programs are for his students.

“I have seen firsthand how CPAWS programs inspire young people to think deeply about issues that we as a society face regarding wild places.  Students are taught about the importance of having areas where both humans and wildlife can be free to roam as well as learning pertinent outdoor skills. Taking students from city, to wilderness and from bored, to inspired, CPAWS educational programs are a super effective means for schools to create active citizens who have respect for nature and for sustainable outdoor activities.”

A CPAWS SAB interpretive guide will take students snowshoeing on trails in Brown Lowery Provincial Park and Peter Lougheed Provincial Park during February and March. The programs link to science-based courses in the Alberta Learning Curriculum for grade 4 to 12 students.

Space in the program is limited. For more information, visit our new snowshoe program information page.

CPAWS is Canada’s voice for wilderness. Since 1967, the Southern Alberta Chapter has provided science-based support and advice to conserve Alberta’s parks and wild spaces. Our chapter has reached more than 100,000 students with award-winning environmental education programs since 1997.

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