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Waterton-Glacier Science and History Day in Waterton Lakes National Park
By Moosetrack Megan


earn From Scientists and Historians Working in Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park

WEST GLACIER, MONT –Parks Canada and the U.S. National Park Service will host the 13thannual Waterton-Glacier Science and History Day at the Falls Theatre (near Cameron Falls) in Waterton Lakes National Park on Tuesday, July 26, 2016. This international event, held annually on the last Tuesday in July, is free of charge with park entry fees.All are encouraged to attend.

Science and History Day is an incredible way for people to learn about the latest research directly from the scientists and historians working in and around the Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park. Experts will discuss their work in a non-technical style, with presentations grouped into themes of aquatic resources, landscapes, history and wildlife.

Some of this year’s subjects include: the threats facing salamanders, cross-boundary work on climate change, the parks’ lesser-known past, and how remote cameras are used to track wildlife movement.

Jeff Mow, Glacier National Park Superintendent, said “The peace and friendship of the Peace Park is captured in the many cooperative projects carried out in our scientific community.”

“Science and History Day is an outstanding opportunity for all people to learn about some of the research in the Peace Park and personally connect with our environment and history,” commented Ifan Thomas, Waterton Lakes National Park Superintendent. “We look forward to welcoming everyone to Waterton for this special learning opportunity.”

The program celebrates the U.S. National Park Service’s Centennial with a viewing of the 1954 film “Wardens of Waterton” featuring cooperative work with Glacier National Park’s Rangers. Science and History Day provides participants with an excellent opportunity to learn about their national parks and connect with the heritage of their protected places. Attendees are encouraged to bring a sack lunch for the 45-minute lunch break, so as not to miss the film viewing at 12:45 p.m.

Office of Public Instruction (OPI) renewal units will be available for Montana teachers who attend this conference. Attendees are reminded that a passport is required for crossing the U.S./Canada Border.

A detailed agenda for Science and History day is available at:

https://www.nps.gov/glac/learn/upload/Science-HistoryDay_Agenda_2016.pdf.

or:http://www.pc.gc.ca/eng/pn-np/ab/waterton/ne/ne2.aspx

Quick Facts

·This is the 13thannual Science and History Day, an international event that alternates between Glacier National Park in Montana (odd years) and Waterton Lakes National Park in Alberta (even years).

·Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park World Heritage Site is the world’s first International Peace Park. It was dedicated on June 18, 1932. There are now over 170 peace parks worldwide.

·This year marks the centennial of the U.S. National Park Service. Science and History Day 2016 is one of the centennial events.