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Bow Valley Active Stewardship

3 credit course

Group bookings available for 2017/2018

Join us for an opportunity to change your perspectives and think critically about stewardship while mountain biking, horseback riding, hiking and hands-on learning alongside those who are working to protect and care for our natural spaces.

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General Bow Valley Active Stewardship Course Information

  • Bow Valley Active Stewardship is a course comprised of the following CTS Modules:  ENS 1010, ENS 1020, ENS 1910 Project A and is offered by Canadian Rockies Public Schools
  • Bow Valley Active Stewardship is open to students in Grade 10-12.
  • This is a 3-credit course with approximately 75 hours of instruction.
  • Bow Valley Active Stewardship can accommodate up to 18 students.
  • No prerequisite courses are necessary, however, this course involves full days of activity in an outdoor environment so a basic level of physical fitness is recommended.
  • Students are expected to provide their own outdoor clothing and footwear suitable for the activity.  A gear list will be provided.

General Bow Valley Active Stewardship Learning Outcomes

The objectives of this course are to build water navigation, aquatic ecosystem knowledge and leadership skills in a context of critical thinking.  It also highlights best practice methods for inquiry research, problem solving, and analysis.

It is our intention that through this course students will:

  • Display a level of familiarity with techniques and technology that allows them to engage as an environmental steward
  • Develop familiarity with local, national, and international stewardship organizations
  • Develop informed decision making skills and build leadership capacity
  • Access and apply online resources related to environmental stewardship

The aforementioned skills will be delivered in the context of the following:

  • Foster and appreciation for parks and protected lands
  • Appreciate the global nature of environmental issues
  • Demonstrate appropriate use of multiple technologies

Please see the following document for course outcomes

Detailed Bow Valley Active Stewardship Course Outline

*exact program activities, locations and timings of course elements are subject to change.

Online Course Work

Duration

Activity

1 hour

Exploring Stewardship

1 hour

Perspectives and Messages

1 hour

Interpretation and Identification

1 hour

Environmental Stewardship Organizations

1 hour

Ecological Monitoring

Day 1

Time

Activity

9:00 am

Arrival to Canadian Rockies Outdoor Learning Centre and Welcome to Bow Valley Provincial Park

9:30am

Site tour and gear to rooms
Expectations
Ice breakers

10:30am

Bear Aware Talk

11:00 am

AB Parks Presentation

12:00 pm

Lunch – packed from home

1:00pm

Trail Building Activity

3:00pm

Wildlife Camera Presentation and activity

4:30pm

Group Game

5:00pm

Journal/Free time

6:00 pm

Dinner

6:45 pm

Parks messaging activity

7:30pm

Cultural views of stewardship activity

8:00 pm

Monitoring form design (physical trail, biotic factors)

8:30 pm

Prep for Day 2 mountain biking

9:00 pm

Campfire

10:00 pm

Students to rooms – lights out at 10:30pm

Day 2

Time

Activity

7:00am

Wake up/pack day packs

7:45am

Breakfast

8:30 am

Bus to Canmore Nordic Centre

9:00 am

Trail building presentation

10:00 am

Mountain biking lesson and ride

12:30pm

Bag lunch

12:30

Service Learning at CNC

3:00pm

Snack
Stewardship Organization Presentation 2

4:00pm

Bus from CNC to CROLC

5:00pm

Journal/Free time/Game

6:00 pm

Dinner

7:00 pm

Stewardship Organization Presentation 3

7:45 pm

Group initiative

8:00 pm

Leave No Trace skits

8:30pm

Journal: Hiking and Horses preparation

9:00 pm

Campfire

10:00 pm

Students to rooms – lights out at 10:30pm

Day 3

Time

Activity

7:00am

Wake up, pack day packs

8:00 am

Breakfast

8:30 am

Bus to Kananaskis Country

9:00 am

Hike with CPAWS

12pm

Bag lunch

12:30pm

Bus to Boundary Ranch

1:00 pm

Boundary Ranch horseback riding lesson and ride

4:00 pm

Bus to CROLC

5:00 pm

Games/Journal/Free Time

6:00 pm

Dinner

7:00 pm

Plant Watch Activity

8:00 pm

Ecological Footprint activity

7:30 pm

Stewardship Geocache

9:00 pm

Campfire

10:00 pm

Students to rooms – lights out at 10:3pm

Day 4

Time

Activity

7:00am

Wake up, pack up rooms, clean out dorms

8:00 am

Breakfast

8:30am

Mindfulness session

9:00 am

Trail Building revisited

11:00 am

Middle Lake - Amphibian Egg ID

12:00pm

Bag lunch at Middle Lake

12:30pm

Invasive species Activity

1:30 pm

Journal: Solo Reflection

2:00 pm

Closing Circle

2:30pm

Walk back to Centre

3:00pm

Depart for home

Bow Valley Active Stewardship Assessment

Students will be given a variety of assignments throughout the Bow Valley Active Stewardship course. Student work will be collected by the course administrator to be used to evaluate their learning. Some course work will be submitted using the Bow Valley Active Stewardship Moodle online course management system, while other assignments (such as the Course Journal) will be completed on site. Online course assessments are valued at 40% of the final grade. Immersion participation, activities, and assignments are valued at 60% of the final grade.

Special resources, facilities or equipment necessary

Students will need access to a computer and the CRPS Moodle Course Management System in order to complete the online course work. All trip accommodation, food, resources, and equipment is provided by the Canadian Rockies Outdoor Learning Centre.

Risk assessment and Safety

Training and Certification

Winter Travel 15 is facilitated by Canadian Rockies Public Schools teachers and/or  outdoor professionals who possess current industry standard training and certifications and experience working with groups in the outdoors. This course is supported by AB Parks educators and staff.

Outdoor Activity

Management and leadership of off-site outdoor activities (hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding) will be facilitated by local, third-party providers whose staff possess current industry training, certifications, and appropriate insurance. Gear lists will be issued to students prior to the course and will be checked upon arrival. Extra clothing and gear will be on hand for students to borrow in case of inadequate preparation. Students will be briefed thoroughly on the appropriate dress and layering technique for outdoor clothing, use of safety equipment, as well as hazard awareness and mitigation.

Transportation

Transportation to and from the course start and end locations are the responsibility of the visiting school or student unless arranged otherwise.

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