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Canada’s Coolest School Trip Contest video!
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Canada’s Coolest School Trip Contest video!

Learn more about how to enter your grade 8 class to win this all-expenses paid trip!

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Grade 8/secondary 2 classes can enter to win an all-inclusive trip to La Mauricie National Park
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Grade 8/secondary 2 classes can enter to win an all-inclusive trip to La Mauricie National Park

Nature Canada is proud to announce the start of this year’s Canada’s Coolest School Trip contest. Any grade 8/secondary 2 class can enter to win the grand prize which includes a four-day all-expenses-paid trip to La Mauricie National Park and to historic sites of Québec City, including Lévis Forts, the Fortifications, Saint-Louis Forts and Châteaux, Montmorency Park, the Québec Garrison Club and Artillery Park Heritage Site.

The lucky grand-prize winners will canoe and hike through the breathtaking wilderness of La Mauricie National Park and glimpse the life of a soldier as they travel back in time at Lévis Forts National Historic Site. To finish things off, they will dine at the exclusive Québec Garrison Club National Historic Site and explore the rich history of the only remaining fortified city north of Mexico. There are many other great prizes to win, including three runner-up local field trips and gift packages for five honorable mentions.

To enter the contest, grade 8/secondary 2 classes must pick a Parks Canada place and make a one-minute video on why it’s extraordinary and important to Canadians.

Contest entries will be accepted online at www.myparkspass.ca from September 29, 2014 to February 23, 2015. The contest is open to all grade 8 or secondary 2 classes.

My Parks Pass is a collaborative program between Nature Canada, Parks Canada, Canadian Geographic Education, Canadian Wildlife Federation and Historica Canada. My Parks Pass strives to promote lasting relationships between young Canadians and Canada’s treasured places by inviting youth to experiences Parks Canada places first-hand.

Announcing the winners of Canada’s Coolest School Trip contest
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Announcing the winners of Canada’s Coolest School Trip contest

OTTAWA (April 3, 2014) – Nature Canada is proud to announce the winners of this year’s Canada’s Coolest School Trip contest. For their fantastic (and catchy!) video, the grand-prize goes to the talented students from École Antoine-Roy in Gaspé, Quebec. Not only did they produce an amazing video about Forillon National Park and a series of ‘making of’ videos', they also succeeded in engaging their entire community in the contest. They garnered the support of a car dealership, a radio station and many other groups in their community. [separator headline=h3" title="The award-winning video:"] [video type="youtube" id="dB1zYdMNiao"]   "This is really a fantastic story. How often do you see kids get this engaged in Canada's history and natural spaces," asked Nature Canada's Paul Jorgenson. "The winning class didn't just produce an interesting and educational video, they got their whole community involved in the whole contest. We were absolutely amazed when we saw how much support the kids from École Antoine-Roy were able to build in their community," Jorgenson continued. [two_third]The lucky grand-prize winners will travel to British Columbia where they will kayak the emerald waters Gulf Islands National Park Reserve and go on amazing beach adventures to observe the wildlife that make this beautiful place their home. Students will also live the life of a World War I or II soldier at Fort Rodd Hill National Historic Site, connect with the traditions of local First Nations, tour Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Site after-dark and sleep under the stars in Parks Canada’s new oTENTik camping experience. The grand prize includes meals, accommodation and return airfare to and from Victoria for their entire class and their chaperones.[/two_third] [one_third_last][map w="198" h="202" style="standard" z="9" marker="yes" infowindow="Forillon National Park" infowindowdefault="yes" maptype="TERRAIN" hidecontrols="true" address="Forillon National Park, Quebec"][/one_third_last] For their admirable submissions, the Grade 8 classes from Toronto Waldorf School, Montague Intermediate and Northside Christian School are the winners of the runners up prizes. The runners up win local field trips and gift packages. Honourable mentions go out to the Grade 8 and secondaire 2 classes from Pavillon la Citadelle, Cedarview Middle School, École Carrefour de l’Acadie, Glashan Public School and Father Mercredi Community School. To enter the contest, grade 8 classes were asked to pick a Parks Canada place and make a video on why it’s important to Canadians. The theme of the video is: “Canada’s Coolest Stories: where nature and history meet”. This contest is made possible by the partnership of Nature Canada, Parks Canada, Canadian Geographic Education, Canadian Wildlife Federation and Historica Canada with the support of Air Canada. -30- [one_half][separator headline="h2" title="About Nature Canada:"] Nature Canada is the oldest national nature conservation charity in Canada. Over the past 75 years, we’ve helped protect over 63 million acres of parks and wildlife areas in Canada and the countless species that depend on this habitat. Today, we represent a network of over 45,000 members & supporters and more than 350 nature organizations in every province across Canada. Our mission is to protect and conserve nature in Canada by engaging Canadians and by advocating on behalf of nature. [/one_half] [one_half_last][separator headline="h2" title="Media contacts:"] Paul Jorgenson, Senior Communications Manager, Nature Canada 613-562-3447 ext. 248 pjorgenson@naturecanada.ca Monica Tanaka, Communications Coordinator, Nature Canada 613-562-3447 ext 241 mtanaka@naturecanada.ca [/one_half_last]  

Winners of Canada’s Coolest School Trip contest (2013-2014)
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Winners of Canada’s Coolest School Trip contest (2013-2014)

[dropcap style="default"]C[/dropcap]ongratulations to the winners of this year’s Canada’s Coolest School Trip contest! For their fantastic (and catchy!) video, the grand-prize goes to the talented students from École Antoine-Roy in Gaspé, Quebec. Not only did they produce an amazing video about Forillon National Park and a series of ‘making of’ videos‘, they also succeeded in engaging their entire community in the contest. They garnered the support of a car dealership, a radio station and many other groups in their community. Nature Canada is proud partner in this year’s Canada’s Coolest School Trip contest. The contest is open to any grade 8 class (secondary 2 in Quebec). The grand prize includes a four-day all-expenses-paid trip to Gulf Islands National Park Reserve and Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse national historic sites near Victoria, BC. The lucky grand-prize winners will kayak the emerald waters Gulf Islands National Park Reserve and go on amazing beach adventures to observe the wildlife that make this beautiful place their home. Students will also live the life of a World War I or II soldier at Fort Rodd Hill National Historic Site, connect with the traditions of local First Nations, tour Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Site after-dark and sleep under the stars in Parks Canada’s new oTENTik camping experience. The grand prize includes meals, accommodation and return airfare to and from Victoria for a class of up to 30 students and their chaperones. There are also many other great prizes to win, including field trips and gift packages for runners up. For their admirable submissions, the Grade 8 classes from Toronto Waldorf School, Montague Intermediate and Northside Christian School are the winners of the runners up prizes. The runners up win local field trips and gift packages. Honourable mentions go out to the Grade 8 and secondaire 2 classes from Pavillon la Citadelle, Cedarview Middle School, École Carrefour de l’Acadie, Glashan Public School and Father Mercredi Community School. This contest is made possible by the partnership of Nature Canada, Parks Canada, Canadian Geographic, Canadian Wildlife Federation and Historica Canada with the support of Air Canada. Watch the video that was awarded the grand-prize this year. [video type="youtube" id="dB1zYdMNiao"]

Grade 8 classes can enter to win a free trip to Victoria, BC & environs!
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Grade 8 classes can enter to win a free trip to Victoria, BC & environs!

[two_third] Nature Canada is proud to announce the start of this year’s Canada’s Coolest School Trip contest. Any grade 8 class (secondary 2 in Quebec) can enter to win the grand prize which includes a four-day all-expenses-paid trip to Gulf Islands National Park Reserve and Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse national historic sites near Victoria, BC. The lucky grand-prize winners will kayak the emerald waters Gulf Islands National Park Reserve and go on amazing beach adventures to observe the wildlife that make this beautiful place their home. Students will also live the life of a World War I or II soldier at Fort Rodd Hill National Historic Site, connect with the traditions of local  First Nations, tour Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Site after-dark and sleep under the stars in Parks Canada’s new oTENTik camping experience. The grand prize includes meals, accommodation and return airfare to and from Victoria for a class of up to 30 students and their chaperones. There are also many other great prizes to win, including field trips and gift packages for runners up. To enter the contest, grade 8 classes must pick a Parks Canada place and make a video on why it’s important to Canadians. The theme of the video is: “Canada's Coolest Stories: where nature and history meet”. Contest entries will be accepted online at www.myparkspass.ca until February 24, 2014. The contest is open to all grade 8 (secondary 2 in Quebec) classes. It’s also open to split classes that include grade 8 (secondary 2) students who are residing in Canada. The winning class will be announced in April 2014. This contest is made possible by the partnership of Nature Canada, Parks Canada, Canadian Geographic Education, Canadian Wildlife Federation and Historica Canada with the support of Air Canada.   [/two_third] [one_third_last]Image of Canada's Coolest School Trip[/one_third_last]

Nature Canada Selected as one of Canada’s Top Environmental Charities
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Nature Canada Selected as one of Canada’s Top Environmental Charities

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Last week, we were pleased to be named one of Canada’s top environmental charities for 2013 by Charity Intelligence Canada. In a report on the environmental sector, Charity Intelligence Canada looked at three of the most pressing issues facing Canada’s environment and selected seven charities that addressed these issues and achieved the best track record of results. “With our successes in getting official recognition of several key sites for environmental protection, we’ve had a very good year we can be proud of,” said Ian Davidson, Executive Director of Nature Canada. “We’re pleased to have this hard work recognized by Charity Intelligence,” Davidson continued. Nature Canada was selected as a top performing environmental charity for its advocacy work on endangered species and habitat protection. The nomination is a nod to Nature Canada’s major educational program with Parks Canada and successful advocacy campaigns on the creation and better protection of National Parks and National Wildlife Areas, endangered species legislation and habitat stewardship. Nature Canada was actively engaged in the Northern Gateway Pipeline process as an advocate for nature and wildlife and was instrumental in bringing together conservationists from around the world for BirdLife International’s World Congress in Ottawa this past June.  However, the Charity Intelligence report recognizes that there’s still work to be done. Only 12.2% of Canada’s land is protected, ranking 16th out of 30 OECD countries. As a comparison, in the United States, 24% of land is protected. In terms of oceans, Canada ranks further down the list in 70th place in the protection of marine ecosystems. Fragile arctic ecosystems and watersheds are particularly in need of protection. Canada has an estimated 70,000 species but this valuable biodiversity is fragile with a third of species threatened.  Policy analysis and research, like the kind that Nature Canada conducts, is an important part of finding solutions to these environmental challenges. In fact briefing notes prepared for the former Environment minister, Peter Kent, revealed the Harper government acknowledges the "significant environmental policy analysis and research" that is carried out by Nature Canada and other environmental non-profits and think tanks. While the challenges facing Canada’s environment and wildlife are significant, Nature Canada’s programs and partnerships are strongly positioned to affect positive change for Canada’s threatened species and habitats. We would also like to congratulate the environmental charities featured in the report on their successes this past year in protecting and conserving Canada’s wildlife and habitat. 

Lucky Grade 8 Class from Saskatchewan Wins Canada’s Coolest School Trip
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Lucky Grade 8 Class from Saskatchewan Wins Canada’s Coolest School Trip

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A grade 8 class from Saskatchewan has won Canada’s Coolest School Trip contest of the My Parks Pass program. The lucky class will be travelling to Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, to visit Parks Canada’s Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site and Cape Breton Highlands National Park.
Congratulations to Mrs. Pylatuk’s grade 8 class from Caronport Elementary School. The class is thrilled and excited about their June 3-7 trip to Cape Breton; a special place that will create lifelong memories and a lasting connection between the students and this region of Canada known for its scenery and culture.
To enter the contest, classes were invited to submit a video, audio or print advertisement encouraging Canadians to explore the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site and/or Cape Breton Highlands National Park. Between November 2012 and March 2013, 47 entries were submitted. Following public voting, a panel of judges reviewed the top five entries in each category and awarded the grand prize and three runner-up prizes. The winning class submitted a video ad comparing a field trip in Saskatchewan, with one that would take place at the Fortress of Louisbourg. The runner-up winners are Grade 8 classes from Environmental School in Maple Ridge, British Columbia (video), École Héritage in Falher, Alberta (audio) and Tyndale Christian School in Calgary, Alberta (print). Each will receive a special presentation by Parks Canada, a pizza party and $500 will be donated to a charity of their choice.
Nature Canada is proud to collaborate with dedicated partners in this initiative; together, we work to ensure that all Canadian students have an opportunity to learn about the stories and places represented by national parks, national marine conservation areas and national historic sites.
[/two_third] [one_third_last] Photo credit: The Canadian Press Images/Troy Fleece [caption id="attachment_26357" align="alignnone" width="300"]Students from Laurie Pylatuk's grade 8 Caronport Elementary School class pose for a photo on a giant map of Canada on Monday, April 8, 2013 in Caronport, Sask. Pylatuk's class won Canada's Coolest School Trip and will be off for a 5 day trip to Nova Scotia June 3-7, 2013. Canadian Press Images Students from Laurie Pylatuk's grade 8 Caronport Elementary School class pose for a photo on a giant map of Canada on Monday, April 8, 2013 in Caronport, Sask. Pylatuk's class won Canada's Coolest School Trip and will be off for a 5 day trip to Nova Scotia June 3-7, 2013.
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[caption id="attachment_26358" align="alignnone" width="300"]Grade 8 teacher Laurie Pylatuk, thrid from left, and her grade 8 Caronport Elementary School students celebrate winning Canada's Coolest School Trip on Monday, April 8, 2013 in Caronport, Sask. Pylatuk's class won Canada's Coolest School Trip and will be off for a 5 day trip to Nova Scotia June 3-7, 2013. Canadian Press Images Grade 8 teacher Laurie Pylatuk, thrid from left, and her grade 8 Caronport Elementary School students celebrate winning Canada's Coolest School Trip on Monday, April 8, 2013 in Caronport, Sask. Pylatuk's class won Canada's Coolest School Trip and will be off for a 5 day trip to Nova Scotia June 3-7, 2013.
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New App explores Canada’s nature and history
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New App explores Canada’s nature and history

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Are you into nature in Canada? Or Canadian history? Better yet, do you love Canada's nature and history --or want to know more? Then explore Canada’s nature and history with this free educational app. The My Parks Pass Activity Guide is an interactive learning tool for iPad or Android that lets you explore Canada’s natural and cultural history right from home or in the classroom. It's available on Google Play or iTunes or as a classroom ready, printer-friendly PDF. It includes classroom activities for history, geography and science teachers, and was developed in line with Historical Thinking Concepts to encourage learners to think critically. The activity guide is part of The My Parks Pass program, which provides all grade eight/secondary II students free entry to all of Parks Canada’s national parks, national historic sites and national marine conservation areas for an entire year. The program is delivered in partnership with Nature Canada, Parks Canada, The Historica-Dominion Institute and the Royal Canadian Geographic Society. Here's more on My Parks Pass.

Canada’s Coolest School Trip – Voting Has Begun!
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Canada’s Coolest School Trip – Voting Has Begun!

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Public voting for the Canada’s Coolest School Trip Contest has begun, and continues until March 22, 2013. So many amazing ads were submitted to the Canada’s Coolest School Trip Contest – 44 classes across the country participated -- and now it's time for all of us to show them some love! Visit My Parks Pass, check out all the creative talent, and vote for your favourite. You can vote once every day! Classes were invited to submit a video, audio or print ad encouraging other Canadians to explore the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site and/or Cape Breton Highlands National Park. The 15 ads (five in each category – video, audio or print) that receive the most votes from the public will be judged by a panel who will select the grand prize winner and the three runners-up (the best of each category). Grand prize: an all-inclusive trip to Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, to visit Parks Canada special places such as the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site, Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site and Cape Breton Highlands National Park. Runners-up will receive a special virtual presentation from Parks Canada, a lunch party and $500 to give to the charity of their choice. The winners will be announced early April. Please help out and make sure to vote for your favourite ad in the Canada’s Coolest School Trip Contest! The My Parks Pass program is delivered in partnership with Nature Canada, Parks Canada, The Historica-Dominion Institute and the Royal Canadian Geographic Society. Here's more on My Parks Pass.

Canada’s Coolest School Trip
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Canada’s Coolest School Trip

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Contest alert:  If you are a grade 8 or secondary 2 student or teacher in Canada, you should know that your class is eligible to win Canada's Coolest School Trip, an all-expense paid trip to Cape Breton, Nova Scotia.
The winning class will celebrate the 300th anniversary of Fortress of Louisbourg and explore the beauty of Cape Breton Highlands National Park.
So far, more than 100 classes from across the country have entered, which is a great start! We would like your help to spread the word so that even students have a chance to win, so if you know any eighth graders or teachers, share this link: www.contest.myparkspass.ca/
Classes have until February 24 to submit their entry, and the winning class will be announced in early April. The trip will take place June 3-7, 2013.
To enter the contest, students must produce an ad in the category of their choice (video, radio or print) that encourages Canadians to visit one or both of these two special places. For contest details, please visit the English contest website or the French contest website.
Canada's Coolest School Trip contest is part of the My Parks Pass program, a joint initiative between Nature Canada, the Historica-Dominion Institute, Parks Canada Agency and the Royal Canadian Geographic Society.

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