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Tuesday, 17 July 2012 09:38

Singing park wardens return to Waterton for Parks Day

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There will be a lot of fun and interesting activities for visitors to Waterton Lakes National Park for Parks Day July 21.
A highlight of the day will be performances by a group of singing park wardens. The group travels to various national parks sharing the special performances.

“They talk about life in the warden service through song and poetry,” says Christy Gustavison, visitor experience product development officer.
The performance called It’s a Warden’s Life in Song and Poetry was a popular draw last year, the group returns to Waterton this year for shows at 1 p.m., 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.
Thanks to a partnership with the Waterton Natural History Association, some events will be centred next to the Heritage Centre on Waterton Ave., bordering the lakeshore trail.
Starting at 1 p.m. visitors can enjoy free cake and lemonade.
Throughout the afternoon, individuals and families can take part in various activities and demonstrations including the GeoFreakZ GeoTrails event learning more about geocaching in the park as well as the Nature Conservancy will be in attendance. The new copy of the park’s Xplorers activity book will also be handed out to interested families.
Visitors will also gain a behind-the-scenes look at the research taking place in Waterton.
“Researchers will be bringing out some of the tools they use to monitor wildlife and vegetation,” says Gustavison. “It’s a more behind-the-scenes look.”
There will be some hikes to take part in as well. At 1 p.m. and  3 p.m. there is a choice between the Blakiston Falls walk or Cameron Lakeshore stroll. At 2 p.m., hikers can join the Bertha Falls walk.
In the evening there are two programs to take in, both starting at 8 p.m. Cougars: Predator Purrfect takes place at the Falls Theatre while Playing With Fire takes place at Crandell Theatre.
All activities throughout the day are free to visitors who pay the park’s entrance fee.
Gustavison sees value in the nation-wide Parks Day event.
“I think it gives us a chance to highlight the role parks and protected spaces play in our lives and acknowledge they are special places,” she says. 
“They provide lots of opportunities for people — a place to hike or take a short walk or they can know there are places where wildlife and interesting species are protected.”

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