Alberta Green Schools is an initiative of the Alberta Council of Environmental Education (ACEE) to support students' environmental, energy and climate change education. Since starting as a pilot project in 2014, the program has expanded to include several school divisions. In the Pincher Creek area, Alberta Parks is part of a community collaboration committed to bringing local students outside to learn about nature, the landscape and conservation.
In follow-up to a 2016 Alberta Green Schools workshop, Livingstone Range and Holy Spirit school divisions partnered with Alberta Parks and to develop projects focusing on environmental and energy literacy. Working with local Alberta Parks staff, Grade 10 students at Matthew Halton High School in Pincher Creek undertook a project to design a new interpretive sign for Beauvais Lake Provincial Park. Students researched the area's natural history and proposed a location for the sign which includes a URL to access videos, poetry, stories and other information about the park. Read about more examples of community-based, student-led learning.
Through the Alberta Green Schools initiative, we're striving to continue to engage communities, create more inclusive and equitable access, and celebrate sustainable and efficient use of resources for students, community and partners. Alberta Parks is a contributing leader in changing the way we teach outdoors in the Pincher Creek area. We are helping to create engaged thinkers and ethical citizens with an entrepreneurial spirit. Alberta Parks' goals for outdoor teaching include “learner centred” and “shared responsibility” which fit the stewardship model for sustaining our natural ecosystems.