Climate Change & Interpretation Workshop

Best practices, strategies, and tactics to help you feel more comfortable and confident talking about climate change to your guests.

In recent years, the work of interpreters and naturalists has become more challenging, as we increasingly come to understand that climate change poses a real threat to nature and everything around us. In this workshop, you will hear some good news on this front from an experienced educator and interpreter – Gareth Thomson. Gareth will share some best practices in climate education and interpretation and suggest ways in which you can talk about this with your clients in a positive and constructive way. You’ll have a chance to discuss climate change issues in small group sessions with your colleagues, and you’ll leave with some strategies and tactics you can use in your work to give your clients the best gift possible – a sense of optimism and hope for the future.

Date: Friday, April 26, 2024
Time: 1:00pm – 5:00pm (Mountain Time)
Location: Zoom
CPD Hours: 4 hours
Professional Interpreter Elective: Eligible
Cost: $55 (member) / $65 (non-member)

Gareth Thomson

Gareth Thomson has been a resident of the Bow Valley since 1989, and served on Canmore Town Council from 1992-1995. He brings over thirty years’ experience in community engagement and environmental education: he founded and led the Alberta Council for Environmental Education as Executive Director for fifteen years, founded the education office of a conservation NGO before that, and began his career an environmental educator with Kananaskis Country.

Gareth has taught high school, been a judge for the Alberta Emerald Awards, and volunteered with Alberta Ecotrust Foundation on their grant review committee. He has an engineering degree, an M.Sc. in Environmental Geology, is a certified teacher, and has received awards for outstanding service in environmental education from provincial, national, and international associations.

Gareth lives in Canmore, where he divides his free time between parenting three exceptional young people, birdwatching, trail running and biking, and walking hand in hand with his wife Kelly.

Refund Policy: Refunds will not be issued for any reason (including illness and injury) if cancelling less than 2 weeks prior to the event date. Full refunds, less an administration fee, are available if requested 3 weeks (or more) prior to the event date. For more information, please consult the IGA refund policy.

  • Course PD Hours: 4
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Apr 26 2024


1:00 pm - 5:00 pm



Course Location

On Zoom