Explorations

Welcome to NatureCity Explorations!

We invite you to join us in investigating deeply into what we experience in nature. A basic assumption for us in Wild About Saskatoon is that all entities (plants, animals, soil, ecosystems, weather, topography, etc.) are connected, that everything is related.

The mission of NatureCity Explorations is to engage all of us in exploring nature in the city, learning by experiencing, experiencing by playing and reflecting, and reflecting through discussing and writing/drawing.

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Places

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Nature Hotspots in and Around Saskatoon

Pollinator Paradise YXE

Pollinator Paradise YXE

Find details on how to register your own native plant garden with our Pollinator Paradise YXE program.

Inquiries

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Online Inquiries

Resources

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Online Resources

Learning for Sustainable Futures

A platform offering quality programs and learning resources for Canadian schools, “empowering our children to change the world.”

Programs Website

Resources Website

Native Plant Society of Saskatchewan

Free educational materials, including downloadable fact sheets, online simulations/games, field tours, classroom speakers, and lesson plans.

Educational Resources Website

Nature Society of Saskatchewan

A wide range of fun and informative nature-based learning resources for teachers, students and parents.

Resources for Teachers & Students Website

 

Outdoor Learning Store

Resources and tools for outdoor learning, offered for sale on a non-profit basis. Programs include a free podcast.

Shop Website

Podcast Website

Saskatchewan Archaeological Society

Learning resources for teachers and families, including lesson plans, games, kits and activities.

Educational Resources Website

Kids Activities Website

Saskatchewan Association of Watersheds

Loanable educational kits called “Watershed Wonders” for classroom use.

Watershed Wonders Website

Saskatchewan Environmental Society

Curriculum-connected lessons, as well as other resources for teachers.

Resources Website

Saskatchewan Provincial Parks

Free, bookable “Outdoor Classroom” programs for teachers and activities for schools and families

Resources for Teachers Website

Saskatchewan Waste Reduction Council

Everything you ever wanted to know about composting, on one convenient web page.

Composting Website

SaskOutdoors

An extensive library of resources created in-house and by other organizations, mostly intended for classroom use though many are also appropriate for families, groups, and individuals. Includes lesson plans and other resources. Be sure to check out their “5 Minute Field Trips,” and the many other learning opportunities they offer.

Resources Website

5 Minute Field Trips Website

Saskatchewan Wildflower photos 

Photos and descriptions of more than 600 wildflowers found in the province.

Saskatchewan Wildflowers Website

Print Resources

Many of the books listed below can be borrowed from your library, purchased at your local bookstore or ordered online from Nature Saskatchewan and/or the Native Plant Society of Saskatchewan

Nature Saskaskatchewan Publications Website

Native Plant Society of Saskatchewan Publications Website

About birds:

Birds of the Saskatoon Area. 2002. Anna L. Leighton, Jim Hay, C. Stuart Houston, J. Frank Roy and Stan Shadick. Manley Callin Series No. 5.

Backyard Bird Feeding: A Saskatchewan Guide. 2021. Trevor Herriot and Myrna Pearman.

About insects:

Dragonflies & Damselflies in the Hand. 2011. G. Hutchings and D. Halstead.

About plants:

Conifers and Catkin-Bearing Trees and Shrubs of Saskatchewan. 2016. George Argus, Vernon Harms, Anna Leighton and Mary Vetter. Flora of Saskatchewan Fascicle 5.

Ferns & Fern Allies of Saskatchewan. 2011. Vernon L. Harms and Anna L. Leighton. Flora of Saskatchewan Fascicle 1.

Getting to Know Saskatchewan Lichens. 2011. Bernard de Vries.

Grasses of Saskatchewan. 2014. Anna L. Leighton and Vernon L. Harms. Flora of Saskatchewan Fascicle 4.

Lilies, Irises & Orchids of Saskatchewan. 2011. Vernon L. Harms and Anna L. Leighton. Flora of Saskatchewan Fascicle 2.

Rushes, Bulrushes and Pondweeds plus the remaining Monocots of Saskatchewan. 2018. Vernon L. Harms, Anna L. Leighton and Mary A. Vetter. Flora of Saskatchewan Fascicle 6.

Sedges (Carex) of Saskatchewan. 2012. Anna L. Leighton. Flora of Saskatchewan Fascicle 3.

The Path to Wild Foods: Edible Plants and Recipes for Canada. 2019. by Sandra Walker.

About Conservation:

Conserving the Legacy: Wildlife Conservation in Saskatchewan 1905-2005. 2022. Wayne Pepper.

Prairie: A Natural History of the Heart of North America. 2020. by Candace Savage.