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Canada and the U.S team up to provide a day of learning about treasured national parks

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Audience members attending a presentation at last year’s Science and History day at Waterton Lakes National Park. Audience members attending a presentation at last year’s Science and History day at Waterton Lakes National Park. Photo courtesy Waterton Lakes National Park

Science and History day is back this year at Waterton Lakes and Glacier National parks, so interested members of the public and scientists can unite to share their current findings.

This year’s 14th annual Science and History day will be held July 25 from 9:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. at the West Glacier Community Building on the States’ side.
The event is free of charge with entry to the park and all Canadian residents are reminded to bring their passports for crossing the U.S/Canada border.
Special event days such as these help Parks Canada with the maintenance of these coveted parks as well as become a learning opportunity for those interested in what the ecosystems have to offer.
Dianne Pachal, acting external relations manager for Waterton Lakes National Park, says these Science and History days are vital in connecting the public with information on important new findings and research.
“Science and History Day is a great way for the public to hear the latest results from scientists and historians carrying out projects in and around the Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park.”
Since this year marks a special anniversary for Canada, Pachal adds they’re even more eager to share their work.
“We’re especially excited to share our work this year, 2017, which marks the 150th anniversary of Confederation. This is a fun, innovative way to engage Canadians in their natural and cultural heritage and as the country’s largest tourism provider, we are committed to providing visitors with exceptional and meaningful experiences.”
This year’s Science and History day will see many opportunities for members of the public to connect with exciting new projects and research of lands close to the Waterton area with eight experts in the lineup to each give a three-minute presentation on topics from aquatic and land environments and glaciers, to history and wildlife.
Once again, this year, Parks Canada is teaming up with the U.S National Park Service to provide this event and allow for more Canadian and international visitors to attend this innovative day.
Pachal says teaming up with the U.S National Park Service allows people to learn the impact the two parks have on their surrounding areas.
“It’s a great way for people to learn about how Waterton Lakes and Glacier National parks form the Waterton-Glacier World Heritage Site — an incredibly diverse complex of natural ecosystems that is globally significant. Together, the two national parks formed the first international peace park.”
Each year the event moves from Waterton National Park to Glacier National Park to help celebrate the collaborative demeanour of these two sites.
Parks Canada and the U.S. National Park Service collaborate on Science and History Day in hopes of keeping the parks’ tradition of co-operation.
“Over the years, past Science and History Days have connected hundreds of people with the researchers and their important work taking place in and around the Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park,” says Pachal of the number of people in attendance of the day.
She adds the last time the event was held at Glacier National Park there was standing room only and they plan for around 150 people to be in attendance again this year.
“We look forward to interacting with visitors during Science and History Day and allowing them to discover and learn about park ecosystems, and how to best enjoy these special places,” says Pachal.
A detailed agenda for the day is available at the Visitor Centre of Waterton National Lake and online at: activ/experiences/evenements-events/science-histoire-science-history.

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