TSAG started an Environmental Youth Camp (EYC) in 2008 to get students out of the classroom and into nature to learn about their surrounding environment, inspire stewardship and career choices in science and technology, and at the same time, foster a sense of adventure and passion for the outdoors. EYC is FREE for First Nation youth in Alberta and is worth 2 high school credits. EYC is hosted at the Centre for Outdoor Education (COE) near Nordegg, Alberta. Certified outdoor adventure guides took the youth on a Columbia Icefields tour, day hikes, rock climbing, kayaking, and whitewater rafting!
The 2019 TSAG Environmental Youth Camp took place on July 21-26 with 21 participants. Day 1 included a visit to Crescent Falls and a presentation on Source Water and Water Treatment from one of our Circuit Rider Trainers. From there the group spent the afternoon touring the amazing Columbia ice-fields and glaciers in a Snow Coach (there are only 24 of them in the world!). The group wrapped up the day with a presentation from Conservation Officers and time to work on earning 2 CTS credits. Day 2 of the 2019 TSAG Environmental Youth Camp was filled with activities! To start off their day the youth pushed themselves out of their comfort zone and participated in rock climbing and rappelling. One of the kids commented "it's like a massive leap of faith..." followed by "Oh! This is easier than I expected!" Later that day, an Elder provided history and teachings about the Kootenay Plains area, which was followed by moccasin making, which the youth got to take home with them. Day 3 of the TSAG Environmental Youth Camp brought the kids onto the beautiful blue waters where they were able to try kayaking, some of them for the first time! Then the kids were off to Dry Haven Creek where they learned about invertebrates and completed an invertebrate survey. The group learned about careers in environment health and teachings about traditional hunting and trapping.