Parks Canada offers a number of programs and opportunities for kids and youth to engage with Canada’s natural and cultural heritage in fun and innovative ways. Please see below for more information about Parks Canada’s youth programs.
Parka, our Mascot
Parka is Parks Canada’s mascot – a curious and friendly beaver who acts as an ambassador to Parks Canada.
Parka invites young kids and their families to Parks Canada’s places where they will find things to see, do, explore and learn.
Club Parka activities are targeted at preschoolers, and are available on-site, at public events that Parks Canada is participating in, and soon on the Internet.
To hear Parka’s song, read her story and much more, please visit this page.
My Parks Pass
The My Parks Pass program provides an opportunity for grade 8 / secondary 2 students to explore and learn about Canada's rich history and amazing nature by connecting them to Parks Canada's network of national parks, historic sites and marine conservation areas. The program gives grade 8 / secondary 2 students free entry to Parks Canada places for one full year when they visit with their class or family. My Parks Pass is a program offered in collaboration by Parks Canada, Canadian Wildlife Federation, Canadian Geographic Education, Historica Canada and Nature Canada.
A key component of the My Parks Pass program is the Canada's Coolest School Trip contest offered through a network of program and contest partners. Any grade 8 / secondary 2 class can enter to win a grand prize which consists a four-day all-expenses-paid trip to Parks Canada places!
Visit My Parks Pass for more information and don’t forget to follow My Parks Pass on Twitter and like us on Facebook!
Are your children curious, bright and active? Do they like challenges? Then they are perfect candidates to become a Parks Canada Xplorer.
Upon arrival at a participating national park, national historic site or national marine conservation area, your children will receive an Xplorers booklet that will guide their discovery of the unique place you are visiting.
If they accept the challenges, they will be recognized as official Xplorers and will be offered a special collectible souvenir!
Click here for examples of activities and locations where Xplorer programs are available!
Xplorers² is designed for teens, but don't let age hold you back. Whether you're artistic, athletic, goofy, or just plain curious, there's a challenge for you. Do any or all of the challenges during your visit. If you like a challenge, snap a photo or video, and share it with friends. Connect with other Xplorers using the hashtag #XPLR2.
Click here for locations where Xplorer² programs are available.
The Parks Canada Youth Ambassador Program, a 10-year program, was announced in 2011 as a special gift in honour of the first Royal tour of Canada by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, and also to mark the 100th anniversary of Parks Canada.
The program hires two engaging and dynamic young Canadians every year to actively engage other youth and inspire them to learn about and experience Parks Canada’s iconic places.
Click here to learn more about the Parks Canada Youth Ambassador Program. Follow their adventures on Twitter and Facebook or check them out on YouTube!
Students on Ice
We are pleased announce a new opportunity available to northern and Aboriginal students to participate in Students on Ice and to work in a northern national park or national historic site. For students who are 18 – 25 years old or younger, this new employment and education opportunity will help you develop the knowledge, skills, and perspectives to become an ambassador for the Arctic and a more environmentally responsible citizen.
Thank you to our National Partners who support our Parks Canada Youth Programs!