Through an immersive experience in the spectacular landscape of the Canadian Rocky Mountains, this course will introduce you to two closely related topics: (a) the natural and cultural history of Canada's Rocky Mountain National Parks, and (b) the principles and practice of effective "heritage interpretation" (i.e., communication strategies directed at visitors to educational, natural, or recreational sites).
Over the course of nearly three weeks at the peak of the summer season, you will travel through Banff, Jasper, Yoho, and Kootenay National Parks. The program will begin with two half-day workshops (led by professional Mountain Park interpreters), which are designed to equip you with a basic understanding of the Mountain National Parks' ecosystems and cultural history, and also the principles that guide effective interpretation. Over the following weeks, you will participate in activities that range from hiking into the back-country (to see 505-million-year-old fossils!), canoeing on glacial lakes (in some of Canada’s most iconic settings!), and from white-water rafting (through class-5 rapids!) to riding on gondolas (above the area's top grizzly habitats), taking a glacier tour (on a giant "Snow Coach" bus) and, in the interest of rejuvenation, soaking in several luxurious natural hot springs.