Day 12 – 13
As part of the adventure, and if you ever want to work within Parks Canada as a guide you need to take a two day course called the “Interpretive Guides Course”. The reading was dull and the material and delivery method was both boring and cheesy. However there is a great quote with the IGA course which gives merit to the entire course. Not to mention, as a proud Canadian we should know the geological and ecological history of the continent we call home!
“In the end we conserve only what we love. We will love only what we understand. We will understand only what we are taught.” – Baba Dioum
We were fortunate enough to have an IGA guide by the name of Christi and the patience of a saint to put up with our class. Cram 12 students, mostly type A and high energy after weeks of climbing into a classroom for a few days and you get some good times… well at least for the students!
By the end of the class days I have a loose understand of the geological history of the rockies and some knowledge of the ecological system. What was originally introduced as a relatively boring course became engaging and interesting to most of us.
And yes, I passed the exam and now am an Apprentice Level Interpretive Guide through the IGA. Fuck ya.