NatureCity Festival School Program

Wild about Saskatoon is proud to present the NatureCity Festival school program for 2017, four days of wildly exciting learning opportunities for students and teachers. All the programs are free and space is limited. 

Bus subsidy is available.

Check back soon for our FULL 2017 School Program!

 
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Wetland Field trips at Chappell Marsh - Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC) Conservation Area for grades 4-8

Sponsored by Ducks Unlimited Canada and the Nature Conservancy of Canada

Tuesday May 23, 9AM to 2:30

Wednesday, May 24, 9AM to 2:30

Thursday May 25, 9AM to 2:15

An interpreter will come to your class from 9 -10 AM with a presentation on Wetland Values, including a live salamander! Then, we will board the bus at 10 AM, travel to Chappell Marsh Ducks Unlimited Canada Conservation Area for hiking and looking for wildlife signs, bird and aquatic invertebrate identification. During the fun-filled day of experiential learning, science curriculum outcomes will be explored. Bus pick up is 2:30 PM on Tuesday and Wednesday and on Thursday at 2:15 PM.

Ducks Unlimited Canada (courtesy of funding from Canada 150 Grant Program - Community Foundations of Canada) provides an educator for the day, as well as bus costs. Nature Conservancy Canada is providing a portable toilet on site at the parking lot.

Dress appropriately for the weather, which means: long pants tucked in to socks, shoes that can get wet or rubber boots, long sleeved shirts, hat, sunscreen.  Students should also have their waste-free lunches and water bottles with them.

Please email melanie.elliott@usask.ca the to book your field trip.

First come first served for registration in this exciting experiential learning event!

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FULL - Tipi Building with Traditional Knowledge Keeper Joseph Naytowhow

When:  Wednesday, May 24, 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Where:  Prairie Habitat Garden, College of Education, 28 Campus Drive, Saskatoon

Who: day care to grade 6 students

Emerging Elder and Traditional Knowledge Keeper, Joseph Naytowhow, will facilitate the building of four tipis, with four poles each, each one creating a mindful space for honouring Indigenous ways of engaging with the land. While learning about First Nations ways of living with the land, students will also listen to stories, create a song, and dance.

Teachers and students should each bring a rock.  To collect your rocks:

A) Go on a rock hunt to find a rock (apple size).

B) Before taking the rock students need to say 'I am taking you from your special place or home so you may have a new home and I am asking for your permission for me to take you'.  A small pinch of tobacco must be offered by sprinkling it on the ground where the rock comes from.

C) Bring the rocks with you to create the tipi circles at the base of the tipis.

Dress appropriately for the weather, which means: long pants tucked in to socks, long sleeved shirts, hat, sunscreen; and should have their own water in their own bottles.

To register, contact janet.mcvittie@usask.ca. Bus subsidy is available, sponsored by Saskatoon Nature Society.

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FULL - Learning in Nearby Nature

With Bonnie Mihalicz, Sofia Quijada, Janet McVittie

Grade Range:  K to 2.

When: Friday, May 23, 2017.

Time:  9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Where:  Prairie Habitat Garden, College of Education

There is much research demonstrating the value of children’s active play in natural(ized) areas. Small and large muscles are developed, cortisol levels follow appropriate peaks and lows, meaning children are less anxious and more able to sleep through the night. Children develop physical confidence and coordination. The Prairie Habitat Garden has recently been renovated to enhance children’s learning in a naturalized setting.

Bring your early learners to the garden! In this workshop, children will freely explore the different areas in this naturalized space; interact with one another as they move, create, solve problems, and learn. The adults will develop greater understanding of children as knowers, as capable creators of understanding. The adults will observe, listening to conversations, gently interacting to facilitate deeper reflection.

Students should dress appropriately for the weather, which means: long pants tucked in to socks, long sleeved shirts, hat, sunscreen. Students should also have their water bottles with them.

To register, contact janet.mcvittie@usask.ca Bus costs are covered, courtesy of Saskatoon Nature Society.

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FULL - Exploring shapes and solids through the gift of Cree, With Stavros Stavrou

Grade range: 3-6

When:  Friday, May 26, 2017.

Time:  12:15 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Where:  Prairie Habitat Garden, College of Education

We use Cree to animate geometric concepts like shapes, solids, vertices, edges, faces, etc. The Cree language offers a deeper insight into these static terms. The geometric shapes will be animated with bubble wands, creating cubical forms (rather than the usual spherical bubbles!)

Dress appropriately for the weather, which means: long pants tucked in to socks, long sleeved shirt, hat, sunscreen. Students should also have their water bottles with them.

To register, contact janet.mcvittie@usask.ca

Bus costs are covered, courtesy of Saskatoon Nature Society.

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FULL - Nature Poetry with Jordan Shultz

Grade Range:  2 to 5

When:  Tuesday, May 23.

Time:  12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Where:  Prairie Habitat Garden, College of Education

Jordan, musician and poet extraordinaire, loves to share his creative inspiration – nature – with children. In this two hour workshop in the Prairie Habitat Garden, Jordan will explore the natural world with the students, helping them to learn ecological relationships, and express their joy, passion, and understanding of their beauty in the language of poetry.

Students should bring notebooks and their favourite pens, pencils, crayons. They should dress appropriately for the weather, which means: long pants tucked in to socks, long sleeved shirts, hat, sunscreen. Students should also have their water bottles with them.

To register, contact

Bus costs are covered, courtesy of Saskatoon Nature Society.

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Spots still available - Off the Grid at Tommy Douglas

Grade Range:  8 (grade 7 may come too)

When:  Tuesday, May 23.

Time:  11:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon

Where:  Commons/Front Entry of Tommy Douglas Collegiate Institute

Come as an individual student (with permission from your teacher and parents), or - better! - talk your teacher into bringing your whole class!

Tommy Douglas Collegiate Institute offers an innovative grade 9 program named Off the Grid at Tommy Douglas. This program integrates four courses (ELA 9, social studies 9, science 9, arts 9) over two semesters in the context of finding solutions to humanity’s consumption problems. What you learn in this program, while going to school, could change your life and the course of humanity’s history on Planet Earth.

This workshop will be delivered by students who have participated in the program’s development. They will involve you in some of the projects you will be able to move forward if you choose to be in “Off the Grid”.

To register: contact

Bus costs are covered, courtesy of Saskatoon Nature Society.

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FULL - Land Art With Laura Gallup

Grade Range: grades 3 to 8.

When: Tuesday, May 23.

Time:  9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Where:  Prairie Habitat Garden, College of Education

In this workshop, students will be interacting with the nature around them as they learn some principles and elements of art and design. They will be creating land art using various moveable materials within and around the Prairie Habitat Garden to make sculptures or images where they choose. This could mean finding rocks of various colours, perhaps petals or leaves that have fallen on the ground, sticks, pinecones, etc. to make artwork in a form of their choice.

Students should dress appropriately for the weather, which means: long pants tucked in to socks, long sleeved shirts, hat, sunscreen. Students should also have their water bottles with them.

To register, contact janet.mcvittie@usask.ca

Bus costs are covered, courtesy of Saskatoon Nature Society.

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FULL - Earth’s Gifts: An Ethnobotany Perspective With Sandra Walker

Grade range: 5 to 8

When: Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Time:  12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Where:  Prairie Habitat Garden, College of Education

Sandra is an archaeologist and ethnobotanist with Saskatoon Public Schools at the Brightwater Science and Environmental Centre. In this two hour workshop in the Prairie Habitat Garden, Sandra will introduce students to the relationship between native plant species and how past cultures would have used them for food, tools, medicine, clothing and shelter. For example, Red Osier Dogwood branches were used to create woven containers for storing and transporting goods.

The teacher is asked to divide the class into two groups. One group will participate in the ethnobotany with Sandra while the other group will create a twig weaving. Two retired educators will assist with this activity.  The teacher is asked to bring a dozen pairs of scissors for student use. The students will then rotate.

Students are asked to dress appropriately for the weather, which means: long pants tucked in to socks, running shoes, long sleeved shirts, jacket, hat, sunscreen. Students should also bring a water bottle.

To register, contact janet.mcvittie@usask.ca

Bus costs are covered, courtesy of Saskatoon Nature Society.