Sunday, April 3, 2022

Great Trail Tales and Story Maps !

Excited to announce that over the next couple of years – largely during our time off Sentier Transcanadien / The Great Trail - we will be building a virtual Story Map to take students on a virtual hike across Canada on the Trans Canada Trail to learn geography, history, and science as explorers from the Atlantic to the Pacific to the Arctic!

We have been fortunate to be awarded a Research Grant by the Royal Canadian Geographical Society to help with the costs of developing this amazing educational tool!

The goal of this project will be to create a Story Map that takes elementary school students on a virtual hike across Canada on the 28,000 km long Trans Canada Trail, allowing them to learn about the country's geography, history, ecology and wildlife as they cross the country as virtual explorers.  This high-quality education resource will combine well-researched, fact-based information, professional quality photos, and on-the-ground video footage collected during the 'Come Walk With Us' Expedition (2019-2024) to create a free, easily accessible, interactive, user-friendly tool to make Canada better known to Canadians and the world.  Developing spatial awareness builds students' capacity to put subject matter in a broader context and develop a more comprehensive understanding of the multifaceted relationships between the diverse peoples, regions, environments, histories, and cultures within Canada. 

So very much excited to be able to transform our expedition across Canada and experiences in nature along the world’s longest recreational pathway to allow students to become Canadian Explorers and see Canada from the Trail!

So exciting and thrilled!  Thank you to everyone who has supported and encouraged the goal of expanding this #Hike4Birds Expedition into the classroom! 

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