Programs: Children in Nature : Joy In Nature Contest


Learning Through Experience Trips

  • Are you part of an Alberta group (school, youth or club) with youth between the ages of 13 and 19?
  • Can you demonstrate your commitment to experiential learning that promotes physical activity in nature and outdoor environmental education?
  • Can you show why your group is deserving to win this trip?

Then apply for a Joy in Nature trip! The application deadline is December 1, 2017 and the trip winner will be notified by December 15. The two-day trip will take place in February and the winning group will choose from the following possible dates: Feb 1 & 2, Feb 4 & 6 or Feb 6 & 7.  

Apply for the Trip

2018 Winter Trip Package*:

  • Accommodations - Free accommodations of 25 beds for one night at Hostelling International's hostel HI Jasper, just outside of the  Jasper Municipality.
  • Palisades Stewardship Education Centre (Parks Canada) - This is Parks Canada's signature youth engagement program and welcomes your group to a morning or afternoon of stewardship activities and games.
  •  Ski Marmot Basin –  A full day visit to Marmot Basin for the group with complimentary lift tickets, rentals, and 1 hour lesson for students (2 hours for those skiing or snowboarding for the first time ever). This prize includes an active learning session at the Marmot Learning Centre, the only interactive ski-in, ski-out classroom in Canada through a unique partnership between Marmot Basin, Parks Canada, and the Grande Yellowhead Public School Division. Delivered by Parks Canada, students will have the opportunity to learn about avalanches, winter work opportunities, emergency situations, and species at risk..
  • Transportation - Groups are responsible for covering your own transportation costs.
  • Food – Groups are responsible for covering your own food costs. You have access to the hostel's self-catering 

*Trip package is subject to change

Application Criteria:

  • Youth must be between the ages of 13 and 19 and be residents of Alberta.
  • You must be part of an organized group - school, youth group or club and a lead person from the organization must complete the application.
  • Demonstrate why your group is deserving of this experiential learning trip and explain the impact this experience will have for your youth.
  • Share how your group is committed to creating experiential learning that promotes physical activity in nature and outdoor environmental education currently and beyond the trip.
  • Organizational capacity to cover all additional expenses beyond what is included in the prize (transportation costs and all food costs) and additional people or extended stay costs.
  • You must be able to claim the prize sometime in February - the winning group will choose from two possible dates.
  • You must follow your school, youth group or organization's safety and risk management policies. Your organization is fully responsible for the well-being and safety of the youth on this trip.
  • Group size - maximum of 25 (this includes chaperones). Larger groups may be negotiated (and based on availability). Minimum group size is 10 youth.

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