Tips and Tricks
Are you looking for some ideas to get your class started on their entry? Check out the tips and tricks below!
Choosing a topic
Is your class passionate about the environment? Incredibly interested in history or culture? Then choosing a topic is easy! Keeping in mind that your activity must be linked to Parks Canada in some way, do some research and determine what you could do at your school or in your community for your entry.
With over 200 national parks, national historic sites and national marine conservation areas, there are many ways to incorporate this into your curriculum! Click on the links below to discover all of the eligible Parks Canada places that you can choose from:
Looking to connect your work to Parks Canada more broadly? Take a look at Parks Canada’s mandate and tell us how your work aligns.
What are some examples of stewardship activities?
No matter what subject you teach, this contest can be for your class! We’ve come up with some examples below.
Is your class interested in the environment?
- What about taking part in a bioblitz? Or how about facilitating your own?
- Think about participating in a shoreline cleanup or pick garbage and see what a difference you can make!
- Work with a local organization to collect invaluable research about a particular environmental matter.
Is your class interested in history or culture?
- Could your class participate in a local archeology project?
- Is there a cultural event looking for valuable volunteers?
The options are endless! Just remember that your stewardship activity must somehow connect to Parks Canada and this must be demonstrated in the final photo of your photo essay.
Promoting Your Photo Essay
Now that you have created a great photo essay that flaunts your class’ work, it’s time to share it with the world! Gather those votes while inspiring others to get out there and make a difference too. Regardless of your community’s size, there are many ways to promote your work far and wide. Here are some ideas that previous classes have tried:
Design some simple advertisements and hand them out at school or in your community.
Contact the media.
Contact your local media and invite them to report on your project. You can use the press release attached here and email the editor or producer at your local newspaper, TV station or radio station.
Contact local businesses.
Approach community businesses to help you promote your photo essay through advertisements, online efforts or simply by informing their employees and customers.
Organize a family night.
Invite students’ families to the school for a screening of your photo essay. Use this opportunity to encourage everyone to vote!
Use social media.
Create a Facebook, Twitter or Instagram page that you and your students can share the community. Social media is a great way to encourage and remind your supporters to vote! Make sure that you act the same way on social media as you would in person. Respectful and encouraging posts are the best ways to raise the profile of your program.
Remember promoting your work and engaging your community can start before the photo essay is completed. Use social media to engage your community with your progress and ask followers to promote for your class project. To help you promote the contest on social media, the My Parks Pass program is very active on Facebook and Twitter. Feel free to share messages from the following pages on your class project’s page:
If you have any questions, please use the Contact form found here.