The park rangers at Glacier Bay have developed online educational programmes for school children of different ages. Just like in Norway, not everyone can visit a national park or a World Heritage site. Thanks to the educational programmes, pupils can now make digital visits.
Imagine sitting in your classroom while putting questions direct to park rangers – and hearing them talk about how whales find enough food, or about the hierarchy in the wolf pack! Through photos and films, the rangers invite the children to join them in the countryside, thereby giving them a great wildlife experience while seated at their school desk.
This has inspired us at West Norwegian Fjords to develop our own digital programmes. We look forward to meeting up with children and young people online – but will continue to invest in face-to-face educational initiatives. There is hardly anything as inspiring to us than encounters with the real heirs to the World Heritage!