Toronto – October 24, 2011– Sixty grade eight students from the TDSB’s Karen Kain School for the Arts descended upon Yonge-Dundas Square during the morning rush hour today to perform a flash mob. Students gathered to stage a campfire-style “sing-in” in support of the My Parks Pass program, which encourages youth to visit national parks and national historic sites across Canada. Parka, the lovable beaver mascot of Parks Canada, attended to help spread the outdoorsy spirit, and a 5-piece band of the Royal Regiment of Canada gave a special performance.
The My Parks Pass program connects Canadian students to Parks Canada’s many national parks and historic sites across the country by making available free passes for every grade eight student in Canada (www.myparkspass.ca).
"Canada’s parks and historic sites are a gateway to our heritage," says Jeremy Diamond. Director at The Historica-Dominion Institute. "We’re proud to support student engagement by increasing accessibility for youth looking to explore Canada’s history, geography and natural beauty."
The My Parks Pass Program is offered by Parks Canada, in partnership with Nature Canada and The Historica-Dominion Institute. Designed to help students explore and learn at Parks Canada's natural and cultural heritage places, this multi-faceted program includes learning tools, national contests and a My Parks Pass which grants all Grade 8/Secondary 2 students free access for one full year to any of Parks Canada's 42 National Parks, 167 National Historic Sites, and 4 National Marine Conservation Areas.
The Historica-Dominion Instituteis the largest charitable organization dedicated to Canadian history, identity and citizenship. Its mandate is to build active and informed citizens through a greater knowledge and appreciation of the history, heritage and stories of Canada.
For more information:
Program Coordinator – My Parks Pass
1.866.701.1867 x 222