Learn and Discover

Web Site Changes 2012-13

Dear Teacher,

As you may be aware, Parks Canada is refocusing its efforts in a number of fields, including formal education, to meet federal budget targets. These steps will improve internal efficiencies and reduce costs while allowing the Agency to respect its important mandate, focus on its priorities and deliver quality service to Canadians.

Parks Canada’s special places offer young Canadians great opportunities to learn about their natural and cultural heritage. For many years we have been welcoming teachers, students and families to experience Canada’s treasured places first-hand, and we remain strongly committed to that important mandate. Many of our national parks, national marine conservation areas and national historic sites offer school programs, interpretive programs or self-guided visits that can greatly contribute to your students’ learning experience.

As part of our efforts to become more efficient in the area of formal education, Parks Canada will partner with organizations that already work directly with educational institutions. We may also, on occasion, participate in partner programs or extra-curricular activities in schools, but we are however, moving away from the development of new teacher tools and provincial/territorial curriculum materials for the classroom.

We would also like to inform you that we are currently undergoing a website re-design in order to meet the federal government’s new web standards. This re-design did lead to the removal of the Teacher Resource Centre on the Parks Canada website in January 2013. We are currently assessing all of the resources on the Teacher Resource Centre and some will be revised and may be available again at a later time, in a new section of our website, or through the websites of partner organizations that have expressed interest in hosting our materials.

Parks Canada continues to tell the stories that are important to our national identity, protect our natural and cultural heritage, provide meaningful experiences that promote understanding and appreciation of Canada, and support communities through tourism – as it has done for the last 100 years.

We are looking forward to welcoming your groups and should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at information@pc.gc.ca.