This experience is self-exploratory with elements of in-person facilitation and socially distanced activities in between stops. Uncover obscure and delightful science-y points of interest and jam to a playlist of thematic songs and podcasts for a perfect day exploring Alberta’s most curious locations.
Aug 21-Sept 7 – Audio Road Trip
Download and explore whenever you’d like! Donate to science education to unlock Spark’s audio guide and curated map. This is a choose-your-own adventure itinerary, so take your road trip at your own pace and schedule. Visit the stops that interest you, and when you arrive, play the audio file to give a science spin to your trip! (But don’t worry if you can’t make it to a particular location – the audio files can be played anywhere, anytime.)
One to three hours is ideal, and will give you lots of time to explore:
The flora and fauna of Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park
Ice cream science at MacKay’s Ice Cream
Cochrane’s local brewery and EV charging station
Sept 13 – Mni Wakan (water is sacred) Storytelling at Lake Minnewanka
Nestled in the mountains and under the canopy of changing leaves, join Stoney Nakoda community members beside the beautiful Lake Minnewanka. During this storytelling experience you will learn about water through traditional stories, legends, and the current local movement regarding water protection and water rights. Participants will have the opportunity to gather in a physically-distanced circle seated on their own blankets or lawn chairs to listen to stories told by Daryl Kootenay and Ariel Crawler, both from Stoney Nakoda Nation.
This road trip will have you stop at Lake Minnewanka first and then travel at your own pace to explore some other hidden gems in the area.
Sept 20 – Blackfoot Trickster Tipi Tales
You are invited to explore our connection to one another and the land with Elder Harley Bastien and Piikani Nation member Garret C Smith. We will learn about the stories and protocols of the Blackfoot tipi, while weaving in the mathematics of its structure, strong enough to withstand the strong Southern Alberta winds. Amongst the tipi stories will be stories of the land and the Buffalo Jump, focused on conservation, science, and ecology from a First Nations perspective.Elder Harley will also speak about the effects of the Old Man River dam on the surrounding ecosystem. Of course, tales of the Trickster Napi always come out to teach us and make us laugh!
This road trip will have you stop at Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump first and then travel at your own pace to explore some other hidden gems in the area.
Tickets : By Donation to $40
How to get tickets?
WHEN & WHERE
Date & Time:
Aug 21 – Sept 7 @ Cochrane and surrounding areas
September 13 @ Lake Minnewanka, Banff
September Sunday, Sept 20 @ Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump World Heritage Site