Business, Tourism, Culture and Rural Development
May 28, 2015

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Students Explore Canada’s North Like Never Before with the Arctic Alive! Giant Floor Map

Newfoundland and Labrador students will have the opportunity to "walk" across Canada’s Arctic and challenge their perceptions of the North. This new educational project produced by Canadian Geographic Education and the Canadian Museum of Nature and sponsored by Subsea 7 will be on display at The Rooms this coming weekend.

The Arctic Alive: Explore the natural history of Canada’s Arctic program includes a giant floor map, measuring eight metres x 11 metres, that can be easily rolled out in gyms or large rooms. The map is part of a portable learning kit that will be available to schools across Newfoundland and Labrador starting in September 2015.

Topics include general geography of the Arctic, animal adaptations, sea ice, and insights into the region’s natural history – from tiny life in the oceans to mammals such as polar bears. Lessons draw from case studies of Arctic field expeditions by Canadian Museum of Nature scientists. Students are encouraged to plan the logistics for fieldwork and set goals to study and document the region’s natural history.

The detailed Arctic map extends from the northern regions of the Arctic archipelago, down to southern James Bay. About 20 terrestrial and aquatic ecozones are represented. The map interprets the North as a land of diversity, full of colour.

“Supporting the Arctic Alive Giant Floor Map reflects our commitment to the people and local culture of this province,” says Stephen Henley, Vice President, Subsea 7 Canada. “We’re thrilled to help bring the wonderment and the eye-opening diversity of the Arctic to students in a way they have never experienced before.”

“As a partner of the Alliance of Natural History Museums of Canada, The Rooms has worked together with the alliance on many projects, including hosting exhibitions. We look forward to presenting the Arctic Alive! Giant Floor Map. This initiative fits our mandate to preserve and present the natural history of this province and we are pleased to be able to share it with our visitors,” said Dean Brinton, CEO of The Rooms Corporation.

The map will be on display at The Rooms on Saturday, May 30, and Sunday, May 31, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 pm. Schools or teachers can reserve the map by contacting, 709-753-0500.

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Media contacts:

Vanessa McBay
The Rooms
Dwayne Hopkins
Subsea 7

2015 05 28                              11:50 a.m.