Eagle Point-Blue Rapids Parks Council received good news this spring! Drayton Valley and District Family and Community Support Services and Drayton Valley Community Foundation have both funded grant requests for Eagle Point-Blue Rapids Parks Council Environmental Education Programs. Eagle Point-Blue Rapids Parks Council offers a wide range of experiential environmental education programs that help learners of all ages unplug from the electronic world and re-connect with nature.
The support given by Drayton Valley & District Family & Community Support Services will assist learners in understanding of why it is important to spend time in nature for general well-being as well as empower youth to make the world a better place through environmental stewardship. Eagle Point-Blue Rapids Parks Council Environmental Education Programs create and facilitate opportunities to have meaningful encounters with nature that foster connections, curiosity and value associated to natural spaces. These experiences are embedded in course offerings that range from learning about different plant and animal species, outdoor survival and water and wetlands.
New Programming Coming!
An exciting area of program development is related to Indigenous peoples, history and culture. Drayton Valley Community Foundation resources will be used to kick start this enhanced programming initiative. A “Teaching Tipi” will be used as an educational and interpretive area for students, visitors and campers to Willey West Park. Monies from the Drayton Valley Community Foundation will be used to purchase a tipi, an interpretive sign and to begin development of an experiential education program that links the people, history and culture of Indigenous peoples to the North Saskatchewan River and Treaty Six land. To assist in sharing the wisdom and connection the First Peoples of Canada had with their natural environment will be a significant addition to the Eagle Point-Blue Rapids Parks Council Education Program and has huge growth potential.
Eagle Point-Blue Rapids Parks Council looks forward to the enriched program development that will occur because of the generous support of the Drayton Valley and District Family and Community Support Services, and the Drayton Valley Community Foundation.
For more information about the Eagle Point-Blue Rapids Parks Council Experiential Environmental Education programs please check out our webpage at www.epbrparkscouncil.org or call 780-898-PARK.
Eagle Point-Blue Rapids Parks-Where Adventure Awaits!
By Sandra Bannard, Executive Director, Eagle Point-Blue Rapids Parks Council