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Bring your students to Waterton Lakes National Park

Parks Canada-led programs: September or October

Through Ancient Eyes hike
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • College and University
  • Walk in a stunning wildland with ancient stories to tell of life with the land. Where the mountains meet the prairies, a park interpreter will reveal clues to ways of life from 200 to 10,000 years ago. Discover how lessons from long ago are used today in park restoration.

Fees apply to the program above. Throughout 2017, it will be a reduced fee in celebration of the 150th anniversary of Canadian Confederation. These fees will include park entry and GST.

To make a reservation, phone park reception at 403 859-5133 or email Dianne Pachal.

Self-led programs: year round

Until January 1, 2017, $2.90 / student, with one teacher and a driver free. Entry fees apply to additional adults. For the off-season of November 30 to April 1, the fees are $1.90 / student.

Free entry for all in 2017, in celebration of the 150th anniversary of Canadian Confederation.

Other interesting sites and resources

Bar U Ranch NHS and Nature Conservancy of Canada

Bar U Ranch National Historic Site

Activities include ranching tasks as they took place over a hundred years ago. Students are invited for a horse-drawn wagon ride, games, hot chocolate and stories at roundup camp. School programs for grade K to 8.

Contact: Mike McLean at 403-395-2212.

Nature Conservancy of Canada

The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) is a private, non-profit organization working for the direct protection of Canada's biodiversity through the purchase, donation or placing of conservation easements on ecologically significant lands.

Contact: 1-416-932-3202. Email: nature@natureconservancy.ca

The Weston Family Conservation Centre and Waterton Springs Interpretive Trail

Join the NCC to experience the Waterton Park Front, where approximately 30,000 acres of private lands, surrounding Waterton Lakes National Park are conserved and maintained as ranch land. The Weston Family Conservation Centre is a nature centre featuring interactive displays and activities focused on youth. The easy, one km Waterton Springs Interpretive Trail allows classes to explore ecological and cultural connections of the Waterton Park Front. Youth-oriented trail brochures are available and a conservation geocache is located nearby. Both the centre and trail are located at Waterton Springs Campground.

Contact: Conservation Coordinator at 403-632-9267. Email: alberta@natureconservancy.ca

Beauvais Lake Provincial Park

School programs, video conferencing and field studies.

Contact: Heidi Eijgel at 403-627-1152. Email: heidi.eijgel@gov.ab.ca

Métis Cultural and Historic Programs

Free in-class programs.

Contact: Donna Bruder at 403-627-4502. Email: donnabruder@telus.net

Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump

A World Heritage Site offering school programs.

Contact: Toll free at 310-0000, then dial 403-553-2731. Email: info@head-smashed-in.com

Educational resources

Waterton Resource Guide

A guide to the nature and history of Waterton Lakes National Park (digital or hard copy, by chapter). Phone park reception at 403 859-5133 or email: John Stoesser.

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