Free Interpretive Activities
Join a park interpreter! For fun facts, interesting insights, amazing activities and educational entertainment!
Spring 2016: May 14 to June 26
Wildlife Guardians (May 14 to June 26)
Wildlife viewing is one of the most popular activities in Jasper National Park – and there are plenty of animals along the roadsides – from sheep, elk and deer to black and grizzly bear. The Wildlife Guardians patrol Jasper’s roadways and try to ensure safe wildlife viewing and prevent “Wildlife Jams” that commonly form when too many vehicles stop next to roadside animals.
Through interpretation and traffic management they allow visitors to photograph and connect with some of Jasper’s most intriguing animals, without having to risk a dangerous close encounter.
Our Wildlife Guardian team will be patrolling the roads every weekend starting May 14th. Look for the not-to-be-missed van!
Roving Interpreters (May 21 to June 26)
Roving means mobile and that’s what we do. On sunny days park interpreters will set up a mobile displays of natural history items (skins, skulls, horns and antlers) at popular visitor destinations.
Saturdays in the Maligne Valley
The Bears of Jasper
10 a.m. – noon at Maligne Canyon
Why do bears hang out next to the road? It’s all about food! Join a park interpreter to check out bear hides, skulls and claws and have your bear questions answered.
Birds of Prey
1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. at Medicine Lake (north viewpoint)
Last summer the Excelsior wildfire burned the tree in which the Medicine Lake bald eagles nest. To our surprise the eaglet survived the fire and this spring the eagles began nesting in the same tree once again! As the old saying goes, where there’s smoke there’s fire, and where there are eagles there’s park staff! Only this time we will be there with a powerful telescope to give you an eagle eye view.
Sundays at Athabasca Falls
Tooth and Claw
10 a.m. – noon
Predators are an important part of the ecosystem in Jasper National Park. Find out why and get the latest on research at our carnivore display.
Elk and Co.
1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Don’t mess with momma! Elk and the rest of the cloven hooved crew are very protective of their newborns. Stop by our display to learn more on how to stay safe during the calving season.
National Aboriginal Day
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Jasper Information Centre Lawn
Jasper National Park is recognized as a significant cultural crossroads for a diversity of Aboriginal groups. Drink in the sights, sounds and colors of local and regional Aboriginal culture at its finest with samples of bannock and bush tea, dancers in colorful regalia and the beat of the drum.
Xplorer and Club Parka Booklets
On a family vacation and wondering how to keep the kids busy and happy?
These booklets are for families to discover the park and do activities together. Xplorer booklets are geared for kids between the ages of 6 and 11, while Club Parka Booklets are for kids under six. You can pick up these free booklets at information centres, campground kiosks and at interpretive programs.
Once you have completed the required number of activities stop by an information centre to be awarded with a souvenir as a token of your success.
All programming subject to change.
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