Jasper National Park in Your Classroom: Virtual Education Programs and Get Your Kids Outside

This session has been completed.
Facilitators: Sanne Van Der Ros Marian McGraw
Date:August 24, 2021
Time:9:30 am to 2:15 pm MDT
No charge
Location: Virtual
Session Code: 21-NC-406
Focus: New & Future Curriculum

About this Learning Opportunity

Please note: registrants are welcome to attend all of the sessions or individual sessions. 

9:30 am - 10:00 am: Parks Canada – Get Your Kids Outside 1: What’s Stopping You?

If you are new to the idea of taking your class outside, here is the place to start. Explore ways to overcome hurdles like weather, time and group management.  Learn how outdoor activities can be used to support indoor learning.

10:15 am - 10:45 am: Parks Canada – Get Your Kids Outside 2: How do I Manage the Risks?

If it seems too risky to go outside, let’s take a second look. Learn about risks and how to best prepare for them. Access support you have from your school administration and school board.  Become aware of the tools and safety standards that will help everyone stay safe.

11:00 am - 11:30 am: Parks Canada – Get Your Kids Outside 3: Hands-on Activities for the Schoolyard

Vitamin N for Nature! There are many ways to help your students bond with the natural world. Explore nature awareness and discovery activities, simulation games and nature art.

1:00 pm - 1:30 pm: Parks Canada – Get Your Kids Outside 4: Integrating Subjects in Outdoor Settings

Getting outside is not just a frill. Use outdoor learning as an integral part of achieving curriculum objectives. Discover approaches that allow you to enrich classroom learning with outdoor experiences.

1:45 pm - 2:15 pm: Jasper National Park in Your Classroom

Jasper National Park wants to bring programs into your classroom and support you in getting your students outside. This session will introduce you to the variety of programs we have and all are virtual, interactive, and free.

The Marmot Learning Centre Series

Now available to Grade 7 - 12 classrooms, these interactive 45-minute programs normally take place at our ski-in, ski-out classroom at the Marmot Basin ski hill in Jasper National Park. Aimed at inspiring lifelong mountain recreation pursuits and a stewardship ethic for Canada’s protected heritage areas, these sessions are linked to the Alberta curricula. 

  • Avalanche!: Learn the basics of avalanche awareness. Identify dangers related to mountain recreation in winter and understand how to be best prepared.
  • Winter Work: Investigate winter career pathways and participate in an activity related to your own future path. 
  • Emergency Situations: Identify the hazards involved in winter travel and find out how to manage the risks and help yourself and others if things go wrong. 
  • Into the Wild: Understand the challenges of managing mountain recreation activities in natural spaces and find out how Parks Canada protects species-at-risk in the alpine eco-zone.
  • Find it Outside: Discover the benefits of getting out into nature through strategies like adventuring, mindfulness, and storytelling. 


This learning opportunity is being subsidized through funding from Alberta Education.

About the Facilitator

The Jasper National Park Palisades Education Centre has been providing hands-on education opportunities to youth from K – Grade 12 for over a decade. Based out of the historic Palisades Ranch in Jasper National Park, an Education Team offer place-based, curricular and credit programs, in partnership with the Grande Yellowhead School Division and Ski Marmot Basin. 

Sanne Van Der Ros (B.Ed, MA in Environmental Education and Communications) has worked for Parks Canada at the Palisades Centre for four years. She has taught environmental and outdoor education programs for students from Kindergarten to Grade 12 for twenty years at outdoor centres, private and public schools, and in the nonprofit and government sectors. She has also led teacher professional development workshops at regional, provincial and national environmental education conferences for over a decade, enabling teachers to connect their students to nature and the outdoors in meaningful ways.  

Marian McGraw holds a Bachelor’s degree in Education from Simon Fraser University with a minor in Environmental Education, and two degrees from the University of Victoria; a Bachelor’s of Arts and Bachelor’s of Fine Arts, both with Distinction. She worked for two years as an English Language teacher in France and Spain, and as an Interpreter in Jasper National Park and the Royal BC Museum. She spent three sessions working at the Vimy Ridge National Historic site in France, interpreting the site for the public. Some of her favourite memories are of family trips to national parks and she is a strong believer in their ability to connect classroom studies to the greater world.