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Jasper National Park

Free interpretive programs

Free Interpretive Program  

September 3 to October 8, 2016

Join a park interpreter for fun facts, interesting insights, amazing activities and educational entertainment!

Fridays | Saturdays | Sundays | Dark Sky Festival Interpretation Programming


Fridays

Bat Walk
(September 9, 16, 23, 30 and October 7)

Bat Walk © Greg Horne  Myotis lucifugus © Greg Horne

8 p.m.
Bats hold a special place in modern literature as terrifying, blood sucking creatures of the night, but all that they really want to do is eat bugs! Join a park interpreter at the Cottonwood Slough parking lot (P4) off of Pyramid Lake Road for an hour long guided walk all about our fuzzy flying friends. (Bring your own headlamps if you can since our supplies are limited.)*

* Please note that scheduling and location may change because of prescribed fire operations in the area. Please contact the Jasper Information Centre for updates.

Saturdays

Heritage Fire Hall
(September 3, 10, 17, 24)

10 a.m. - 5 p.m
The doors are open at our Heritage Firehall! A park interpreter will be there to answer any questions about Jasper National Park. While you’re there take a look at our many wildlife, forest health and historical displays.

Maligne Canyon
(September 3, 10, 17, 24 and October 1, 8)

10 a.m. - 12 p.m.: We love Bears!
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.

1 p.m. - 3 p.m.: Elk and Co.
It’s the season to make babiesand the elk aren’t shy about it! It’s amazing to watch elk during the rut but it can be hazardous as well. Visit our horns and antler display, take some silly photos, and learn how to stay safe.

The Darker Side of Jasper National Park
(September 10, 17, 24 and October 1, 8)

Dark Sky Programs (Heritage Fire Hall)
It’s dark sky season in Jasper and we are celebrating with two months of programming showcasing the darker side of Jasper National Park. Program topics will vary from nocturnal ecology, cultural interpretation of the night sky and good old fashioned astronomical viewing. Most programs will take place at the Jasper Heritage Fire Hall (411 Patricia Street) and will run about an hour in length.

  • September 10: Kakasitipiskak
    At the Jasper Heritage Fire Hall beginning at 10:00 p.m.

  • September 17: Moon Viewing
    At the Jasper Heritage Fire Hall beginning at 10:00 p.m.

  • September 24: Kakasitipiskak
    At the Jasper Heritage Fire Hall beginning at 10:00 p.m.

  • October 1: Kakasitipiskak
    At the Jasper Heritage Fire Hall beginning at 10:00 p.m.

  • October 8: Jasper’s Dark Sky Experience
    Meet at Jasper Heritage Fire Hall at 10:00 p.m.

Kakasitipiskak
Dark Sky stories that reflect the richness and diversity of Canada's Indigenous peoples.

Moon Viewing
Sidewalk astronomy in the town of Jasper! We will have telescopes set up at the Jasper Heritage Fire Hall for moon viewing.

Jasper's Dark Sky Experience
Immerse yourself and experience the star rich dark skies of Jasper National Park. Learn about our dark sky sanctuary and all that goes into maintaining our status and how our dark skies are beneficial for people and for animals. Finish off with some good ole fashioned star gazing.

Sundays

Elk and Co. © Parks Canada / R. Bray

Heritage Fire Hall
(September 4, 11, 18, 25)

10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
The doors are open at our Heritage Firehall! A park interpreter will be there to answer any questions about Jasper National Park. While you’re there take a look at our many wildlife, forest health and historical displays.

Athabasca Falls
(September 4, 11, 18, 25 and October 2)

10 a.m. - 12 p.m.: Passion for Predators
Claws and jaws and sharp teeth are the tools of the trade for Jasper’s carnivores. Get the latest update on wolves, cougars, raptors and more.

1 p.m. - 3 p.m.: Elk and Co.
Tis the season to make babiesand the elk aren’t shy about it! It’s amazing to watch elk during the rut but it can be hazardous as well. Visit our horns and antler display, take some silly photos, and learn how to stay safe.

Dark Sky Festival Interpretation Programming

The Darker Side of Jasper National Park

The month of October is dark sky month and what better way to celebrate than a festival. The 6th Annual Jasper Dark Sky Festival runs October 14 – 23, 2016. Our Parks Canada Dark Sky interpreters will be running programs throughout the festival.

For a full list of events and special guests, visit Tourism Jasper’s website at: jasperdarksky.travel and stay tuned to additional programming being offered by Parks Canada.

October 14: Stargazing and Stories
Meet at Marmot Meadows (in Whistler Campground, 5 km south of Jasper) from 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
The stars have been the source of our stories for thousands of years, inspiring myths and legends still known today. Join Parks Canada interpreters with their array of laser pointers and telescopes for a fun introduction to Jasper’s night sky. Then wind down the evening by the campfire, enjoy a cup of tea, and indulge in stories inspired by the stars.

October 15: Why Dark Skies Matter
At Centennial Field beginning at 1:00 p.m.
Jasper National Park is one of the world’s largest designated Dark Sky Preserves and we are proud of this recognition. Just what does it take to maintain this status? How does it benefit visitors, wildlife and residents? Join us for a special presentation to find out the answers to these questions, and why we love our dark skies.

October 15: Star Gazing
At the Info Centre Lawn at 8:00 p.m.
Join Parks Canada interpreters for an evening of viewing celestial forms through binoculars and telescopes. Or bring out your own telescope and swap ideas about sky exploration.

October 21: Beyond the Stars
At Lake Annette at 8:00 p.m.
Orientation to the Night Sky: Join Parks Canada’s Brian Catto on the shores of Lake Annette for a laser pointer tour of the stars and celestial features.
Music by the Fire: It was stories and songs shared from one generation to the next, not scribbles and scribes in books that served to pass along the history and culture of Indigenous Peoples. Gather around a cozy campfire and learn some of the stories and songs significant to the area, and immerse yourself in the rhythm of local Indigenous cultures.

October 21: Big Bang Expo
At Centennial Field from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Nocturnal Animal Adaptations
While the stars may show themselves off during dark nights in Jasper, the animals are doing quite the opposite. Join a Parks Canada Interpreter to learn firsthand how Jasper’s nocturnal animals thrive in the darkness with our display surrounding nocturnal animal adaptations.
Green Screen Photo Opportunity
Not everyone wants to wait up until 3:00 a.m. to get the perfect picture of the dark sky—although we applaud those who do! If you want to be in that dramatic dark sky photo but also want to keep your regular sleep pattern, drop by our green screen and we’ll be your photographer. You can choose from three different dark sky backdrops.

October 22: Big Bang Expo
At Centennial Field from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Nocturnal Animal Adaptations
While the stars may show themselves off during dark nights in Japer, the animals are doing quite the opposite. Join a Parks Canada Interpreter to learn firsthand how Jasper’s nocturnal animals thrive in the darkness with our display surrounding nocturnal animal adaptations.
Green Screen Photo Opportunity
Not everyone wants to wait up until 3:00 a.m. to get the perfect picture of the dark sky - although we applaud those who do! If you want to be in that dramatic dark sky photo but also want to keep your regular sleep pattern, drop by our green screen and we’ll be your photographer. You can choose from three different dark sky backdrops.

All programming subject to change 
All programs are in English


Contact Information

Email: Josh.Ibelshauser@pc.gc.ca
Phone: 780-931-7200

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