Tracking Wolves in Canada
Waterton Lakes National Park in Alberta, Canada is one of the few places where you can get a sense of North America as it was before European settlers arrived. Only five percent of Canada’s native grasslands remain, and they are right here, filled with iconic native animals like wolves, grizzly bears, bighorn sheep, and eagles. Hike off-trail through rugged parts of the park that tourists never see, past grizzly bears and herds of elk, to help researchers untangle the complex interactions between wolves, elk, and fire.
- Program ID: #2580
- Location: Waterton LakesCanada49° 5' 20.5332" N, 113° 59' 7.2672" WCA
Climate Change in the Mackenzie Mountains
Help find out how much, and how fast, climate change is affecting the Arctic - and the rest of the world. At 1700 meters/5,577 feet above sea level, the Mackenzie Mountain Barrens offer a breathtaking alpine landscape. Bathed in more than 20 hours of arctic daylight during the summer, the western horizon features glacier-clad Keele Peak poking above the Continental Divide. Against this dramatic backdrop you’ll take measurements at study plots extending from the plateau down to the valley bottom.
- Program ID: #2320
- Location: Mackenzie Mountains, Northwest Territories, Canada Whitehorse , YTCanada63° 24' 38.9988" N, 129° 36' 50.0004" WYukon CA
Climate Change at the Arctic's Edge
Global warming is most dramatically visible at the edge of the Arctic, where peatlands run in a broad strip around the globe. These wetlands contain as much as 20% of the world’s carbon, usually locked in permafrost. But as the permafrost thaws, carbon dioxide and methane — the most pernicious greenhouse gases — may be released, which in turn could increase the rate of global warming, with devastating implications for the planet.
- Program ID: #1864
- Location: Churchill, Manitoba, Canada Churchill , MBCanada58° 46' 9.0012" N, 94° 10' 8.976" WManitoba CA
Help People with Disabilities Experience the Outdoors
CRIS volunteers assist people with disabilities to explore places they would otherwise not be able to access; through experiencing the wonders of the natural world, they conquer doubts to move beyond self and societal expectations. Volunteers with CRIS improve community inclusion and help people with disabilities to improve their quality of life and well being while creating lasting friendships and memories. The gratification of helping others cannot be described in words but that indescribable feeling is what you will find during your time with CRIS.