Students’ Voices will Connect us to Ancient Wisdom in Nature

Posted On Tuesday February 26, 2019
students under trees
Students from Chase Secondary consider an important landmark on a trail at Tsutswecw Park.

Some Chase Secondary School students in Grades 9 - 12 are participating in a provincial pilot program to create a new way of experiencing a B.C. park. On Feb. 19 they began the project by walking the trail together. By the time the project is complete, student-created QR codes will be available to hikers, explaining what they see along the trail. It will become a ‘Story Trail’, one of B.C.’s first. 

CSS Secwepmctsin teacher Ivy Chelsea is working with the students to identify spots along a trail in Tsutswecw Park where signs with QR codes will be placed. Students will record information about each spot, and their recordings will be available to hikers with smartphones, when they scan the codes. 

“When people are walking along the trail where these different QR codes are going to be, I’m hoping they are going to connect with the spirit of that land and acknowledge that environment around them, because we (humans) were one of the last ones here,’ she said. 

Chelsea will be coordinating the students’ work with a partnership of agencies led by the BC Parks Foundation, and including BC Parks, the Ministry of Education, WildBC and School District 73. 

The students will complete the project by early June. 

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