WILD Field Trips

 

THE SCHOOL PROGRAM FOR 2019 WAS FILLED TO THE BRIM,

ENGAGING MORE THAN 400 WILDLY EXCITED SASKATOON STUDENTS.

Looking for some fresh ways to expand your students’ knowledge and enjoyment of Nature? Check out the unique opportunities being offered during this year’s NatureCity Festival. Space is limited and programs fill up quickly. Register now!

Choose between a half-day outing at Chappell Marsh or at the Meewasin Northeast Swale, guided by an experienced outdoor-education specialist. Or offer your students’ an outside-the-box learning experience at the College of Education's Prairie Habitat Garden at the University of Saskatchewan. By incorporating First Nations perspectives into the design elements of the garden (and related curriculum), the Prairie Habitat Garden increases understanding and awareness not only of prairie ecology but also of Saskatchewan's cultural heritage.

If you’d like to have us visit you, invite our expert storyteller to come into your classroom.

There will never be a better chance to enjoy the talents of local educators, artists and story-tellers, while celebrating the fascination of the natural world. Register now! Bus subsidies are available.

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Tuesday May 21

9:30 to 11:30

NATURE SOUNDS OF MUSIC!

Grade 1 - Grade 4

Grow Wilder: Erin McVittie

Where: Prairie Habitat Garden, College of Education.

Supplies: Simple musical instruments will be supplied.

The prairies have a unique rhythm and music to them. The sounds of the rustling of wind in the grass, the ghostly flicking of trembling aspen leaves, the stomping wing flap of the ruffed grouse – all make the prairies a uniquely musical place.

In this workshop, with music teacher Erin McVittie, students will listen to nature, and then create a symphony together, using very simple instruments. Instruments will be supplied.

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 Natural History Society. When your registration has been confirmed, please phone Hertz Northern bus at (306) 374-5161; arrange to have the invoice paid by your school division, and your school division will be refunded.

12:30 to 14:30

ROCK ART!

Grade 4 - Grade 6

Grow Wilder: Erin McVittie

Where: Prairie Habitat Garden, College of Education.

Erin is a teacher with Saskatoon Catholic Schools. She has an expertise in rock art, using rocks to create shapes and structures. In this workshop, she will guide the students to observe different wild life in the garden, and then teach her art to the students, so they can create rock art representing wild life in the Prairie Habitat Garden swale.

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 their water bottles.

To register, contact janet.mcvittie@usask.ca

Bus costs are covered, courtesy of Saskatoon Natural History Society. When your registration has been confirmed, please phone Hertz Northern bus at (306) 374-5161; arrange to have the invoice paid by your school division, and your school division will be refunded.

Wednesday May 22

9:30 to 11:30

NATURE PLAY: DEVELOPING LARGE AND SMALL MUSCLES THROUGH NATURE REPRESENTATION

Grade K - Grade 2

Grow Wilder: Bonnie Mihalicz and Sofia Quijada 

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 be invited to freely explore the different areas, noting the different plants and animals they encounter, and then will be asked to be their plants and animals. They will interact with one another as they move, create, solve problems, and learn. 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

12:30 to 14:30

JOSEPH NAYTOWHOW - māci sïkwan: the awakening of Mother Earth and the beginning of making her dress. 

Grade 2 - Grade 5

Where: Prairie Habitat Garden, College of Education.

Literally ‘māci’ means ‘to begin’ and ‘sïkwan’ means ‘pouring’ as in rain falling, rivers flowing to activate growth. This presentation will use colours and a hands on activity to help children understand the natural world as another spring arrives to greet us. Indigenous people also use songs and dances to welcome the spring season so be prepared to sing and dance on and with Mother Nature.

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 their water bottles. Please bring your paint smocks!

To register, contact janet.mcvittie@usask.ca

Bus costs are covered, courtesy of Saskatoon Natural History Society. When your registration has been confirmed, please phone Hertz Northern bus at (306) 374-5161; arrange to have the invoice paid by your school division, and your school division will be refunded.

Thursday May 23

9:30 to 11:30

BEAVER TRAILS AND TALES!

Grade K - Grade 8

Grow Wilder: Murray Taylor

Where: Prairie Habitat Garden, College of Education.

Beaver were extensively trapped from the time Europeans first came to Canada. Beaver made the country worth exploiting, in the minds of the British. But, the extensive trapping of beaver endangered their populations, and only through conservation efforts were they saved from the same extinction that European beaver experienced.

Beaver contribute immensely to the health of ecosystems. Their population has rebounded, but some areas have remained forever changed because of having not had beaver for a long time. Not so Saskatoon! Saskatoon's beaver are occasionally noticed, when they cut down large trees that have not had protective wiring put around them. Learn about one beaver family which lives in the Meewasin Valley, with naturalist Murray Taylor.

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 Natural History Society. When your registration has been confirmed, please phone Hertz Northern bus at (306) 374-5161; arrange to have the invoice paid by your school division, and your school division will be refunded.

12:30 to 14:30

PHOTOGRAPHICALLY CAPTURING THE WILD THINGS!

Grade 6 - Grade 9

Grow Wilder: Branimir Gjetvaj

Where: Prairie Habitat Garden, College of Education.

Students are encouraged to bring their smart phones, or the teacher can organize to bring a class set of netbooks.

Photography can be about taking snapshots, or can be an art form. In this workshop, the focus will be on the art of photography, for documenting nature’s beings. As an extension, students will learn how to use the iNaturalist app to identify what they have seen, and to share their photos with their friends the scientists. 

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 Natural History Society. When your registration has been confirmed, please phone Hertz Northern bus at (306) 374-5161; arrange to have the invoice paid by your school division, and your school division will be refunded.

Friday May 24

9:30 to 11:30

SEARCHING FOR THE WILD AND THE FERAL IN NATURE!

Grade K - Grade 8

Grow Wilder: Helena Larsen McKay

Where: Prairie Habitat Garden, College of Education.

Some objects in our environment have been made by humans, but have escaped from us. These are the feral objects. Other objects in our environment have been made by nature, and often have interesting patterns (often these patterns are fractals!). Students will follow an un-nature trail, made of human-made “feral” artifacts, finding as many as they can. Some are well camouflaged! Then, they will search for natural objects that can be used for making impressions on clay tiles.

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 their water bottles.

To register, contact janet.mcvittie@usask.ca

Bus costs are covered, courtesy of Saskatoon Natural History Society. When your registration has been confirmed, please phone Hertz Northern bus at (306) 374-5161; arrange to have the invoice paid by your school division, and your school division will be refunded.

12:30 to 14:30

PRAIRIE DANCE WITH TINA BERTONCINI

Grade 1 - Grade 3

Grow Wilder: Tina Bertoncini

Where: Prairie Habitat Garden, College of Education.

Maximum: 25 children

With a child-focused creative dance approach, we will explore the movements of the Prairie Habitat Garden and surrounding area. The swaying of the bergamot flower, the soar and screech of a hawk, and the long reaching branches of the elm trees could all serve as teachers and inspiration. We will begin our session with a warm-up to awaken and tune our senses, our imaginations, and our bodies' movement intelligence. We will move into an exploration of the Garden and find how the place and its inhabitants inform our dancing selves. We will work towards a 'dance-in-progress' sharing to end our session together.

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 Natural History Society. When your registration has been confirmed, please phone Hertz Northern bus at (306) 374-5161; arrange to have the invoice paid by your school division, and your school division will be refunded.

Week long

 

FIELD TRIPS

Wetland Field Trips at Chappell Marsh or the Northeast Swale!

Grade 4 - Grade 8

Ducks Unlimited Canada Conservation Area and the Meewasin Northeast Swale

During the fun-filled day of experiential learning, science curriculum outcomes will be explored. Your class will board the bus at 9 AM to travel to Chappell Marsh Ducks Unlimited Canada Conservation Area or the Meewasin Northeast Swale for a half-day full of hiking, looking for wildlife signs, and animal and plant identification. Bus pick up is 12:00 PM. 

Tuesday May 21, 9 to 12:00 PM

Wednesday, May 22, 9 to 12:00 PM

Thursday, May 23, 9 to 12:00 PM

Friday, May 24, 9 to 12:00 PM

All sessions are sponsored by Ducks Unlimited Canada which provides educators from the Meewasin Valley Authority for the day, transportation via bus to the site, and an onsite portable toilet. 

Dress appropriately for the weather, which means: long pants tucked in to socks, hiking shoes, long sleeved shirts, hat, sunscreen.  Students should also have a snack and water bottles with them. Once you have confirmation for your field trip, phone Hertz Northern bus at (306) 374-5161; arrange to have the invoice sent, no later than June 15, 2017, to: klysak@meewasin.com , Meewasin Valley Authority. 

Please email klysak@meewasin.com for more information. We hope to see your class at this exciting experiential learning event!

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NatureCity Story Times!

Preschool - Grade 2

Ruth Skinner is an elementary/preschool teacher who was a storyteller at McNally Robinson for 7 years.  She will be happy to come to your classroom to share a nature-themed story time, which includes several books, interspersed with rhymes and songs.  Story times are geared for students from Preschool - Grade 2, and take between 30-40 minutes. She is available:

Wednesday AM & PM

Thursday AM & PM

Friday AM ONLY 


To book, text Ruth at 306-292-6335