Maps and Climate
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Forest Ecology
Grassland Ecology
Wetland Ecology
Human History
Provincial Park

Day 4
Learning About Human History
Native People and the N.W.M.P.
Today, we decided to take part in a couple of Interpretive events. The programs are put on by Park Interpreters and the content and timing of programs changes from year to year. We have the opportunity to attend a program in the amphitheatre (outdoor theatre) focused on the history of the North West Mounted Police in the Cypress Hills. Why did the N.W.M.P. come to the Cypress Hills? How long were they here? What were some of their duties?
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Photograph by Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park, Alberta

After the presentation, we decide to return to the Visitor Center in order to learn more about those people who were here before the Northwest Mounted Police arrived. How did these people make use of the Cypress Hills/ Do we have any evidence of their presence in the Hills?
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There is another Interpretive program in the afternoon which we are interested in attending. This time, it is a guided hike, lead by a Park Interpreter, which introduces us to traditional uses of plants. On the Soggy Bottom Trail, we stroll through open fields, forest, and marshes. We learn about how native people used the plants provided by nature for food and medicine.

Postcard. Photograph by O. Tarnasky.

Thank you for joining me for this virutal field trip of the Cypress Hills. Feel free to re-visit any of the topics or days and send me an e-mail with your comments or concerns. Here are some other virutal field trips in southern Alberta that you can check out:
Milk River Virtual Field Trip
Waterton Lakes National Park Virtual Field Trip
Lethbridge Virtual Field Trip
Crowsnest Pass Virtual Field Trip

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