Spend two weeks submersed in the Canadian Rockies learning how recreational users impact the land and how the National Parks of Canada work with the users to ensure the continual use of the land for perpetuity. This is an issue that is addressed by the Canadian National Parks Service (CNPS):
“Parks Canada is working to maintain or restore the ecological integrity of national parks. This means keeping ecosystems healthy and whole -- a state where ecosystem biodiversity, structures and functions are unimpaired and likely to persist. Maintaining or restoring ecological integrity is a challenging task that involves a good understanding of the dynamic nature of ecosystems and the stresses they face. It also requires collaboration among people whose actions influence the ecosystems and their sustainability - from neighboring landowners and businesses, to local residents, visitors and governments.” (http://www.pc.gc.ca/progs/np-pn/intro_e.aspc ).
Spend time understanding the globalization related to the natural resources of our neighbors’ in the north through experiential activities related to the being “in the environment” rather than “viewing the environment”. The course will include tent camping and outdoor cooking to enhance the experience of being in the landscape and a part of the scene rather than a casual observer.