High School Credit Programs
Four Types of Courses Offered:
- Option One - CTS Course Clusters
- Option Two - Single CTS Courses
- Option Three- Co-Curricular Trips/Brokered Locally Developed Courses - GYPSD
- Option Four - Independent Student Registration (Winter School and Summer School)
All experiential education courses involve an intensive stay at the Palisades Centre!
- All programming is organized by the Education Lead (teacher seconded from GYPSD) and delivered by Parks Canada employees in a safe, engaging environment.
- Courses are a blend of mountain recreation and natural science.
- Pre and post immersion activities and an assessment package is supplied (with the exception of summer school - no pre or post work is needed).
- Alberta students successfully completing these courses receive three Alberta Education credit equivalent units for their high school transcript.
Option One - CTS Course Clusters (3 credits)
Stewardship and Outdoor Skills CTS Course Cluster - 4 Days
- ENS 1010 Introduction to Stewardship
- WLD 1130 Outdoor Survival Skills (Please note that this CTS module can be switched to Fostering Stewardship if requested)
- ENS Project A Service Learning
Click here for course documents
CTS Winter Bundle - Wildlife and Navigation - 4 days
These CTS credits are earned in a winter based program. The activities conducted during this 4 day course may vary between snowshoeing, cross country skiing, hiking and downhill skiing at Marmot Basin (extra cost for downhill skiing). The students spend much of their time outdoors applying skiils they learn on site.
- WLD 1010 - Introduction to Wildlife
- WLD 1060 - Wilderness Navigation
- WLD 1910 - Project A Service Learning
Click here for course documents
Option Two - Independent CTS Courses - 2 day course.
HSS 1080 Leadership Fundamentals (2.5 days and 1 credit)
Students are faced with team challenges that promote critical thinking, problem solving, teamwork and leadership skills. Mountain recreation adventures help students reflect on their leadership qualities and what it means to be part of a team. Find course documents (including a sample schedule that can be tailored) here.
WLD 1130 Outdoor Survival Skills (2.5 days and 1 credit)
Students explore Jasper National Park and learn useful life-long skills such as trip planning, animal safety, tool use, and working together to plan and execute a safe outdoor adventure. For course documents and a sample schedule look here.
Option Three - Partnership Sharing/Brokered Locally Developed Courses (LDC)- GYPSD
a. Stewardship of Protected Lands LDC (25, 35)
(Introduction to Stewardship ENS 1010 is a pre-requisite)
b. Winter Travel LDC (15, 25, 35)
Winter Travel 15
This 3 credit locally developed four day course was developed by GYPSD#77 in partnership with Parks Canada. The first two days (four day course) are spent at Marmot Basin. Visit here to learn more about the Marmot Learning Centre and our unique tri-partnership.
Note: In Winter Travel 25 level, students earn their AST Level 1!
Five major topics:
- Hazard Awareness and Mitigation
- Ecological Integrity
- Historical Importance
- Skill development with Specialist Technology and Equipment
- Appreciation and Value for the Mountain Parks Environment.
You'll stay at the Palisades Stewardship Education Centre and a cooperative team of professionals (Parks Canada Education Team, GYPSD teachers and chaperones, and Marmot Basin instructors/patrollers) will ensure your learning is safe, interesting and most importantly, fosters an appreciation for winter recreation in our mountain parks.
GYPSD teachers - please see this document.
Non-GYPSD teachers - please see this document.
c. Water Experience (15, 25, 35)
This 3 credit locally developed four day course was developed by GYPSD#77 in partnership with Parks Canada.
Canoe, kayak, GPS, Team Games, Campfires, Pond Studies, Land Art and Photography, Emergency Situations, Rafting...and more! Students will earn three credits as they learn about water recreation and conservation in Jasper National Park!
This course was developed in partnership with Parks Canada and is available to all students/school divisions in Alberta.
Students spend four days at the centre and work through pre and post immersion modules.
Five major topics:
Hazard Awareness and Mitigation,
Specialist Technology and Skill
Development, and Appreciation and Value for the Mountain Parks Environment.
You'll stay at the Palisades Stewardship Education Centre and a cooperative team of professionals (Parks Canada Education Team, GYPSD teachers and chaperones, and Jasper Raft Tour Guides) will ensure your learning is safe, interesting and most importantly, fosters an appreciation for water and water recreation in our mountain parks.
This 3 credit locally developed course was developed by GYPSD#77 in partnership with Parks Canada.
Option Four - Independent Student Registration - see separate tab!
-Summer School! CALM, PE 10 and Rock and Pop Camp. Contact Estellita at the Learning Connection to express interest in Summer School 2018! firstname.lastname@example.org