Learning

Welcome to NatureCity Learning!

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 Learning 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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Inquiries

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Online Resources 

Wild About Saskatoon website has resources for creating your very own slice of nature in the city.

https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/pollinator-paradise-yxe

 

The Saskatchewan Archaeological Society

https://thesas.ca/

https://thesas.ca/services/educational-resources/

The website comprises downloadable lessons, as well as describes various archaeoKits that teachers can book. The site also describes other resources, such as the game “Trappers and Traders”, a simulation for developing understanding of how First Nations and Métis peoples traded with the HBC and Northwest Company. They have an “ArchaeoCaravan” as well, which visits various communities throughout the year.

 

Saskatchewan Provincial Parks has created a set of learning resources for families and teachers when visiting the parks.

https://www.tourismsaskatchewan.com/places-to-go/provincial-parks/teachers

 

The Native Plant Society of Saskatchewan (NPSS) offers educational materials, downloadable fact sheets, on-line simulations, field tours, classroom speakers, and lesson plans.

https://www.npss.sk.ca/info-resources/educational-resources

 

The Saskatchewan Environmental Society has created a special site for curriculum connected lessons, as well as resources for teachers.

https://environmentalsociety.ca/resources/teachers/dcs-resources/

 

The Canadian Wildlife Federation offers educational resources. To access the details, you need to be a member. Membership is free. I am not a member, so could not assess the quality of the materials, but this is a well-respected organization.

 

The Saskatchewan Association of Watersheds has developed a series of educational kits called “Watershed Wonders.” https://saskwatersheds.ca/watershed-wonders/

 

SaskOutdoors has created a kind of clearing house for many outdoor, nature-based, environmental action programs. If you are not a member of SaskOutdoors, you should join as soon as possible. They offer small grants to support you in getting your students outside, and learning suggestions can be applied to families, groups, and individuals. Most of the plethora of resources on their page are free to everyone, however one has a charge associated with it. I have selected 14 different resources from their clearing house, but there are more, so do join SaskOutdoors, and check out all they have.

  1. https://saskoutdoors.org/resources/guide-to-small-scale-prairie-restoration-in-schools/

This resource was created by the Native Plant Society of Saskatchewan.

  1. https://www.sacredrelationship.ca/videos/

These amazing short videos were created in Alberta, and the speakers in each case are Indigenous peoples.

  1. https://saskoutdoors.org/resources/5-minute-field-trips/

These field trip ideas were created by SaskOutdoors.

  1. https://www.pcap-sk.org/for-teachers/adopt-a-rancher

The program was created by the Prairie Conservation Action Plan, and matches classes of students with a local rancher, one who is grazing their herd on native prairie.

  1. https://saskoutdoors.org/resources/active-and-safe-routes-to-school-program-website/

This site is currently under re-development. The course for teaching your students how to travel more safely through their neighbourhood, via foot or bike, is being rewritten, and the organization is looking for teachers to pilot the program and send feedback. You can sign up for the pilot, or wait until fall 2025 for the program.

  1. https://www.naturesask.ca/resources/resources-for-teachers-and-students

The Nature Society of Saskatchewan offers a variety of educational materials, but most of their information comes in books. The books are comprehensive.

  1. https://www.naturesask.ca/rsu_docs/ecology-heritage-project-teacher-s-activity-guide–online-version-.pdf

Although these materials were created by / for the EcoMuseum in White Butte, Saskatchewan (White City) (with the support of Nature Saskatchewan), they can easily be adapted for Saskatoon and area. And, why does Saskatoon not have an eco-museum?

  1. https://outdoored.rbe.sk.ca/weather
  2. https://saskoutdoors.org/resources/being-caribou/
  3. https://environmentalsociety.ca/resources/teachers/dcs-resources/
  4. https://cool2.tigweb.org/

The resource was created by Green Learning and addresses Education on Energy and Environment Sustainability Solutions.

  1. https://www.saskwastereduction.ca/recycle/resources/composting/

This resource was created by the Saskatchewan Waste Reduction council.

  1. https://lsf-lst.ca/resources/connecting-the-dots/

Learning for Sustainable Futures is a Canada wide program, through which you can access funds for programs, as well as drawing on educational materials. This guide is for teachers, and is free to download. You have to pay to have a hard copy delivered to you.

  1. https://lsf-lst.ca/resources/resource-a-million-bottles/

This resource was created by Learning for Sustainable Futures.

 

Workshops are offered through SaskOutdoors, including Projects Wet, Wild, and Below Zero. Each workshop comes with a manual of simulation activities, to support children in being active outdoors as they learn ecological concepts. There is a charge to attend a workshop. If you are interested in participating in a workshop, and there is none in your area, you should contact SaskOutdoors, and request one. They would expect a sufficient number of participants so as to cover the cost of the facilitator traveling to your site.

 

The Outdoor Learning Store has a series of podcasts elaborating on how teachers can get their children into nature to learn.

https://outdoorlearningstore.com/podcast/

 

Books

(resources to purchase or get from your library)

https://rethinkingschools.org/books/a-people-s-curriculum-for-the-earth/ (order on-line for $27.95 + shipping/handling, taxes)

 

Nature Saskatchewan publications:

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:

A very useful book for all of us is this book of recipes for cooking with wild plants.

Walker, S. (2019). The Path to Wild Foods.

The following set of books from Nature Saskatchewan describe and illustrate ALL the plants, once you have all the books. You might not want to know that much, but gosh! Imagine the knowledge of the people who wrote these books!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

About Conservation:

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

 

Other books:

About the Prairies

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

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

 

https://www.npss.sk.ca/rsu_docs/documents/a-guide-to-small-scale-prairie-restoration-for-schools.pdf

This guide can be downloaded and printed, and should be part of our education if we live in the prairies!