Every once in a while I come across a program so amazing that I am thankful that I have a soapbox to stand on and tell everyone about it! If you haven’t heard of the Explorer’s Program offered by Parks Canada listen up, this is by far one of the most educational and fun programs my kids have ever been a part of!
The Canada Parks Xplorers Program is offered at our National Parks. When you arrive at the gates (or at a visitors center) you can ask for an Xplorers book for each of your children. These books are custom to each National Park and the activities are specifically designed to educate children 6 – 12 years on the park’s geography, local animals and species, Aboriginal cultures and traditions, arts and crafts, special places of interest, and more!
The goal is that the books will encourage children to experience and learn about as many different things in the park as possible. The average book has approximately 12 pages and children need to complete at least 5 of the activities to be awarded their “Xplorers Badge.” I asked my kids what their favorite parts of the program were and here’s what they had to say:
“You get your own booklet”