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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 21, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta inlurduy, Auguil 21, 1971 THE LtTHBRIDGE HERALD 15 YOLANDE ST. GERMAIN .Montreal "H ivas fantastic PAUL PIIKCIIT iMlmonlnn "Quite a chiillengc" LESLTK PRECIIT Edmonton "Keeling ol accomplishment" MARGARET GRAHAM Montreal "I Invc Iho mountains" LCC ivildland recreation and ecology program MAHIli COOm-'EU.OW Calgary "Very enjoyable" A summer sLwly program in wildland recreation and field ecology WHS recently complet- ed at Wcsl Castle resort 27 miles southwest of Pinelier Creek. The summer course was part of the Lethbridge Community College outdoor recreation and conservation education pro- gram. The course lasted two necks, and three sessions were held this summer. The tuition for Ihe course was and included meals and lent sleeping ac- commodations near the lodge. Participating sliidcnls were required to supply their own sleeping bags, boots, pack- frames and sacks, camping utensils and specialized cloth- ing Sludcnl.s were given the choice of taking one of two courses. One course, WUdland Recreation, involved spending the first half of the session in a base camp and [lie second half on a horse-back wilderness camping trip. The purpose of ihc wildland recreation course was to expose sludents to the many and var- ied opportunities, activities and skills associated with wildland enjoyment and camping. Some of Iho skills covered in the course were: horsemanship and trail riding, wilderness camping skills and wilderness survival An alternate and more rigor ous course, Field Ecology, was offered. The course included an eight-day pack trip through the Rocky Mountains in Waterloo Park, the southwest Lip of Al- berta and a small part of south- eastern British Columbia. The basic philosophy of Ihe course was lo "learn while do- ing.1' Formal lectures were kept to a minimum, while personal and inquiry were en- couraged. Topics covered in tiie course were, geological history of the Rocky Mountains, climate and its effecls on plants and ani- mals, plant succession and life history and identification of na- tive plants and animals. Each course was instructed by members of the Lethbridge Community College department of outdoor recreation and con- servation education. Attendance for the three ses- sions of the program totalled BO persons, some from as far away as New Jersey. Ages of those attending the course varied from 7 to 58 years old. Many walks o[ life were rep- resented in the course enrol- menl, including: students, housewives, businessmen and professors. All who participated in the course, either for leisure or academic credit felt the time and tuition money had been well snenl. DEIililp; GILBERT Calgary "Mountain climbing is Inn" ROBERT JAHVIE Lethbridge "New vistas of nature" r Horse trip enjoyed It look two days lor (lie 16- mcntbcr horse caiavan of the wildland recrcc'ilinn course In reach ils hasp camp at the h c a d w a r r s of Commerce Creole in Ihe Flnlhcad River valley. The firs! of Ihc six-clay hoi'sc and hiking trip was a GO mile rich1