Lake Louise is one of few places within Banff National Park that supports a high concentration of female grizzly bears; protecting these bears and their young is one of our top priorities. During a sightseeing ride to mid-mountain, chances are you'll glimpse one or two of the many bears that like to graze on our slopes from either an enclosed Gondola or an open-air chairlift.
Disembark, and take a short walk to our Wildlife Interpretation Centre to delve into the world of the majestic Grizzly Bear and enjoy an engaging, theatre-style presentation. Then, take a guided walk around the mountain to learn about the Lake Louise wildlife corridor and what makes this area such prime bear habitat.
Interesting discussion and activities will arise out of this experience for any Grade 1-9 class and the presentation content can be molded to suit specific requests.
This program can be conducted indoors if poor weather conditions make it difficult to travel outdoors.
Programs for Grades 1 to 9
Designed to help meet individual grade-specific learning objectives, these are instructive discoveries into the Lake
Louise Ski Resort’s spectacular plants, geography, wildlife, weather systems and more. We are happy to work with teachers in advance to customize programs.
- • One complimentary Chaperone ticket for each 10 student tickets booked.
- • Experienced and well-trained interpretive guides who deliver the programs, answer questions and lead the nature walks.
- • Brief pre-ride Welcome and Orientation Session.
- • Engaging presentations that help fullfil teachers' Science curriculum goals.
- • Free use of our Wildlife Interpretation Centre and of our engaging learning displays and props.
- • Photo taking opportunities from one of the most spectacular viewpoints in Banff National Park.
Please note that walks may be changed at anytime due to weather or otherextenuating circumstances that could pose safety hazards.
Grade 1 Science: Seasonal Changes and the Needs of Plants and Animals
A storytelling walk from the top of the Gondola down to the Wildlife Interpretation Centre allows students to experience up-close the abundance of natural plants and small animals here, how they adapt to the changing environments they face
throughout a year, and how they manage to flourish. Then, a short presentation entitled: "What Plants & Animals Need," expands in a fun way upon the realities of and
requirements for, surviving in often harsh alpine and sub-alpine weather and environments. Come in May through August and you'll find lush green slopes and carpets of wildflowers, or in September, witness one of nature's most stunning displays - the changing colours of the Larch trees that paint the slopes a brilliant yellow. *Program Duration: 1.5 hours.
Grade 2 Science: Small, Crawling and Flying Animals
During a guided walk from the top of the Gondola, students look for and learn about the many species of small animals and birds that live here. Topics covered include how these are just as crucial to our ecosystems as are the more popular, Grade 2 Science: Small, Crawling and Flying Animals larger wildlife, like Grizzly Bears. Upon arriving at the Wildlife Interpretation Centre, students enjoy a brief theatre-style presentation entitled "Unsung Heroes" that further examines the lives of our small animals and birds, after which they are encouraged to discuss ways to help safeguard the little creatures that have such big importance at the ski resort. *Program Duration: 1.5 hours.
Grade 3 Science: Animal Life Cycles
During a guided walk from the top of the Gondola, students learn all about the Grizzly Bear's life cycle: from birth on the mountain, into the cub and adolescent years, into maturity. After arriving at the Wildlife Interpretation Centre, a theatre-style presentation is delivered about the numerous mother bears and their cubs that call the ski resort home. The presenter discusses how the mothers raise their cubs, and why the plentiful and diverse vegetation that grow here, with the relative safety of our slopes, makes the Lake Louise Gondola such prime bear habitat. *Program Duration: 1.5 hours.
Grade 4 Science: Plant Growth and Changes
Walking from the top of the Gondola down to the Wildlife Interpretation Centre, students discover a myriad of plants and flowers in the area and learn about how and what these need to grow and the characteristics of their life cycles. Then, students are treated to a theatre-style presentation that expands about the flora and fauna at the ski resort, with focus on the Buffalo Berry, the Dandelion and the other staples that comprise the Grizzly Bear's chiefly vegetarian diet. *Program Duration: 2 hours.
Grade 5 Science: Weather Watch and Wetland Ecosystems
A theatre-style presentation at the Wildlife Interpretation Centre kicks-off this program, which delves into the types of winds, clouds and weather systems we see here and how the shapes, features and elevations of our mountains affect the weather and wetlands. Next, students are taken on a guided hike along our "Springs Trail" to learn more about our mountain springs and wetlands and why these are integral to the survival of the varieties of animals and plants that live here. *Program Duration: 2 hours.
Grade 6 Science: Trees and Forests
Students are treated to a theatre-style presentation about the Mountain Pine Beetle; how it has affected the forests throughout the National Parks; Parks Canada's prescribed burn programs and other initiatives for combating invasive insects and infectious plant diseases. After, students take a very short, guided hike to observe the effects of the pine beetle on the forest and to learn about other of the various trees and plants that grow in the Park. Then, guides steer discussion toward the importance of
protecting our forests and what students can do. *Program Duration: 2 hours.
Grade 7 Science: Planet Earth
At the Wildlife Interpretation Centre, students enjoy an interactive presentation called "Lake Louise: The Making of a Famous Landscape." This explains how the mountains were created over millions of years, the effects of the ice age, glaciation and changing water tables, the geological factors that lend to the lakes here being so incredibly turquoise, and finishes with discussion about what the landscape might look like a hundred years from now. Next, a short, guided hike to a slightly higher elevation will take students to see, learn about and enjoy photo-taking opportunities of the dazzling Lake Louise (often deemed the lake that is the most worthy of photographing on the planet),
Victoria Glacier, the Continental Divide, the Bow Valley and the Bow River. The guide will tell the students about the area's evolving topography and seasonal ebbs and flows of ice and water through the Canadian Rockies. *Program Duration: 1.5 hours.
Grade 8 & 9 Science: The Grizzly Truth
"The Grizzly Truth," kicks-off with an interactive presentation about the changing world of the Banff National Park Grizzly Bear over the last century. Questions explored and answered include: Which factors impact the survival of the Grizzly Bear and how can students help us ensure a sustainable environment where Grizzlies can continue to thrive? Then, students take to the outdoors, to explore a bit of our beautiful wildlife corridor. A fun and qualified guide will lead them safely on a discovery into the needs of the Grizzly Bear, discussing what makes good habitat for bears, various strategies that can be incorporated into bear conservation plans and the societal, economic, ethical and environmental issues that come with operating a business in the Banff National Park. Students will be encouraged to think about new bear conservation ideas. *Program Duration: 1.5 hours.