Grande Yellowhead Public School Division (GYPSD), stretching from Jasper National Park, east to Evansburg, and north to the Town of Grande Cache, includes 18 schools, three Learning Connection Centres, approximately 5,000 students, and 600 staff members. GYPSD is a highly innovative, student-centred school division known for its technology-rich programming and curriculum development in place-based education. GYSPD’s contributions to the Palisades Stewardship Education Centre, operated by Jasper National Park, and the Marmot Learning Centre, located in the Ski Marmot Basin mid-mountain chalet, demonstrate their willingness to explore unique opportunities to reach youth through non-classroom based experiential learning. Jasper National Park and GYPSD are actively working together to create and deliver curriculum courses that connect students to Canada’s protected heritage areas and include Parks Canada messages. Locally Developed Courses and Independent Registrations take place through The Learning Connection in Edson, Alberta.
Ski Marmot Basin is known for its ski and snowboard instructor training programs as well as a substantial school program reaching several hundred schools and several thousand youth each year with high quality education opportunities. The Marmot Learning Centre, in conjunction with Parks Canada and the Grande Yellowhead Public School Division, offers a technology-rich on-hill classroom where a variety of presentations add relevant educational components to the visitor experience. Together, Ski Marmot and Jasper National Park are working to foster opportunities for youth to engage in lifelong mountain recreation pursuits, in particular winter outdoor activities as appropriate in national parks, and to cultivate stewards for the future of Canada’s protected heritage areas.
Parks Canada, in partnership with the Grande Yellowhead Public School Division and Ski Marmot Basin, provides experiential education opportunities at the Palisades Stewardship Education Centre. The focus of the educational programming is engaging school aged youth in active learning in Jasper National Park. Learning experiences are available for people of all ages. Visit the official Parks Canada Website.
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