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... learning geography related skills is not limited to K-12 education programs since most of us retain more information through hands on opportunities

07 Oct 2016 8:11 AM | Ted MacKinnon (Administrator)

Many questions related to issues in Nova Scotia such as climate, poverty, disease, migration, water, energy, and biodiversity all demand geographical analysis. Geographical information has significant impact on all of us: it helps generate economic benefit, influences government policy, delivery of services, and improves our overall quality of life.

The study of geography helps young people develop the knowledge and understanding to become better informed citizens and providing them with the skills to pursue a range of careers. However contrary to what many people believe learning geography related skills is not limited to K-12 education programs since most of us retain more information through hands on opportunities.

Geocaching is a modern day treasure hunt that utilizes maps and a GPS (or a smart phone) to help people locate items left by others at designated locations. Last May GANS held a geo related scavenger hunt event at the Museum of Natural History. 

The event provided a hands on opportunity to learn geography while using geographic applications (via smart phone or tablet) to create ArcGIS online maps. 


Join GANS at the Canadian Museum of Immigration on Pier 21

This month we would like you to join us at the Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 in Halifax to learn about Canadian Immigration Heritage and what it was like for people arriving in Canada to make it their new home.

Open to non-members as well so tell your neighbor's and friends! 

The event includes a tour of the exhibits, the movie 'In Canada' and a geo-scavenger hunt. Kids will get an introduction to geomatics by entering their geo-hunt results onto an ArcGIS Online web map using a smart phone or tablet. 

Whether you are a parent, grandparent or a kid-at-heart, GANS invites you to join us for a fun-filled afternoon October 16th! 

If you do not have children of your own, then you can still join us, come help influence the younger generation with your geographic knowledge or learn about Canadian Immigration Heritage at the Pier 21 museum.

  • 12:45 Arrive at the museum and come check in at classroom, where you can leave your coats, etc.;
  • 1:00-1:30 30-minute tour of the museum exhibits.
  • 1:30 - 2:30 Explore the museum with your family as you hunt for the solutions to clues. Pop back to the classroom to enter your results on the map;
  • 2:30 Return to the auditorium to see the digital world tour created from our hunt results;
  • 3:00+ Enjoy the museum – the movie In Canada is included in your admission.

To register for this event please contact [email protected] to reserve your spot

The registration fee is free for Adults & children are only $8

The fee includes admission to the museum for the day, so you can explore at leisure and take in some of the museum’s regularly scheduled events.

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