Farming & Local Food Production

Free Knowledge Day

Contact person (The person making this entry has the ability to edit this entry in the future. See above for details as to how): 
Charlotte Morrissette
Email address of primary contact person: 
charlotte@rpirg.org
Describe the project (This description appears in your map point. Insert a photo if you choose by selecting the "tree" icon): 

The Regina Public Interest Research Group (RPIRG) hosted a one day event for students and community members to learn and participate in discussions on issues of public interest.  The issues discussed this year included: provincial politics and student/voting apathy (this was a highlight because the provincial election was happening shortly after the event. Note that we brought in a professor to speak, and also an aboriginal politically active community member as well), Saskatchewan Tar Sands (educating people on the effects of oil and tar sands that are coming to saskatchewan), Aboriginal issues within post-secondary education (unfortunately our speaker was sick and unable to make it),  Videos (we showed films about Nuclear power, mulitculturalism and discrimination), Queer theory (the executive director of GBLUR spoke about the "economics of hate and happiness" as it relates to gay and lesbian issues, university education and student apathy (we discussed what university is, used to be, should be...etc). We had different student groups tabling the event and providing information for students. The event was free and catering was purchased from the local organic food store Eat Healthy Foods.

Describe the timing of your project (Please describe the date and length of time the project runs): 

The event was on September 22nd, 2008 and began at 10:00am and ran until 7:30pm. There were guest speakers every 1-2 hours, along with films and audio clips.

Keywords (Please list keywords, separated by commas, that relate to the project): 
Student apathy, Tarsands, discrimination, queer theory, sustainability, environmental awareness.
Describe the educational component of the project (e.g. formal education, training, or public awareness advanced by the project): 

The education was provided in a lecture-style format for most of the presentations. This would qualify as a formal-school type of education. Some well documented research was thoroughly provided and explained through slide shows, lectures and discussions.

What level of education does this project address?: 
Public awareness, for example, through the media (informal education)
Are there any research questions and opportunities that have or could be examined with this project?: 

There are many research topics that can be explored as a result of this event. The effects of tar sands and how it will affect sasaktchewan people (aboroginal people/homes/economies...etc in particular). Queer theory is a growing and expanding field with many opportunities for research on queer quality of life in canada, on campus and in the prairies. Research on why students don't vote, volunteer or engage themselves actively in issues of public interest compared to past generations. What is the university experience like for ethnic, gender and other visible minorities?

 

Publications (Has there been any documentation of this project/research?): 

To answer this question, you would have to discuss the particular works brought forth with the presentors. They were responsible for sharing their research, experiences and knowledge on particular issues.

Project sponsors/funders: 

Fully funded by: Regina Public Interest Research Group (RPIRG)

How did you find out about this survey?: 

I was sent an email by Jill Arkles

Addional comments/suggestions: 

The "Theme Areas" are not very inclusive. There should, at least, have an "other" option.

Enviro Cup Workshop

Contact person (The person making this entry has the ability to edit this entry in the future. See above for details as to how): 
Chad Reiss
Email address of primary contact person: 
creiss@sasksciencecentre.com
Describe the project (This description appears in your map point. Insert a photo if you choose by selecting the "tree" icon): 

Saskatchewan is wild!  Compete in a series of hands-on environmental games and puzzles all about Saskatchewan.  Test your team's skill at biodiversity, ecosystems, food chains, webs and pyramids.  Your school could win the Enviro-Cup!

Describe the timing of your project (Please describe the date and length of time the project runs): 

During the school year

Keywords (Please list keywords, separated by commas, that relate to the project): 
Grades 5-8, elementary education, formal education, interactive game, puzzles, workshop
Describe the educational component of the project (e.g. formal education, training, or public awareness advanced by the project): 

ILD! Saskatchewan classroom is an ideal location for teachers to bring to life student learnings.

What level of education does this project address?: 
Elementary school
Middle years school
Project sponsors/funders: 

Ducks Unlimited Canada, Lloyd & Evelyn Johnson Foundation, PFRA, Sask Environment, Saskatchewan Centennial 2005 & Saskatchewan Centenary Fund, Saskatchewan Watershed Authority, The Nature Conservancy, TD Friends of the Environment

How did you find out about this survey?: 

Student researcher

Cows, Fish, Cattle Dogs and Kids Interactive Game Show

Contact person (The person making this entry has the ability to edit this entry in the future. See above for details as to how): 
Michelle Yaskowich
Email address of primary contact person: 
pcap@sasktel.net
Describe the project (This description appears in your map point. Insert a photo if you choose by selecting the "tree" icon): 

Cows, Fish, Cattle Dogs and Kids!!! is a fun and educational Game Show about riparian areas for students in Grades 3 to 6. Riparian areas are the transition zones between land and water bodies such as streams, lakes, potholes, springs and coulees. Riparian areas are extremely productive places that influence water quality and provide important wildlife habitat and recreational opportunities. The Game Show teaches students about riparian areas and decision-making related to ranch management and cows through the rolling of a dice and answering questions (topics include Cows, Water, Fish, Vegetation, Wildlife and Climate) to moooove their cow 'home to the ranch.' At the end of the game, they are left with the message to 'Eat Canadian Beef!' The Game Show also illustrates how ranchers, farmers, and urban dwellers need to work cooperatively to maintain these important "green zones".   The Cows, Fish, Cattle Dogs and Kids Game Show is delivered in Saskatchewan through the Saskatchewan Prairie Conservation Action Plan (SK PCAP). The Game Show is delivered annually in November at Agri-Ed events, such as Fall Fair in Saskatoon and Agribition in Regina. Approximately 11,275 students have participated in the Game Show at Agri-Ed and other events since 1998 when it was launched at Agribition.  The Game Show is also delivered annually as part of PCAP's Eco-Extravaganza (Eco-X) and the Owls & Cows Tour, two educational programs delivered to Grades 1-6 and Grades 3-5, respectively, in rural Saskatchewan schools.

Describe the timing of your project (Please describe the date and length of time the project runs): 

During the school year

Keywords (Please list keywords, separated by commas, that relate to the project): 
Interactive learning, agri-education, Agribition, Fall Fair, formal education, informal education, prairie, Grades 3 to 6
Describe the educational component of the project (e.g. formal education, training, or public awareness advanced by the project): 

The Cows, Fish, Cattle Dogs and Kids Game Show was developed by environmental educators in Alberta and has been adapted for use in Saskatchewan. The Game Show was launched at Agri-Ed in Regina in 1998 and has become a regular feature at Agri-Ed Showcases at Western Canadian Agribition in Regina and Fall Fair in Saskatoon. Rave reviews have been received from teachers and hosting organizations about its effectiveness in promoting environmental stewardship to youth audiences. Students enjoy the interactive learning process and fun learning environment.

What level of education does this project address?: 
Public awareness, for example, through the media (informal education)
Project sponsors/funders: 

Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment Fish and Wildlife Development Fund, Canadian Adaptation & Rural Development Fund in Saskatchewan, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada National Soil and Water Conservation Program, Government of Canada Habitat Stewardship Program for Species at Risk, Saskatchewan Burrowing Owl Interpretive Centre, Saskatchewan Watershed Authority, Beef Information Centre, Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment Sustainable Communities Grant – Green Initiatives Fund.

How did you find out about this survey?: 

Student researcher

Eco-Extravaganza (Eco-X)

Contact person (The person making this entry has the ability to edit this entry in the future. See above for details as to how): 
Michelle Yaskowich
Email address of primary contact person: 
pcap@sasktel.net
Describe the project (This description appears in your map point. Insert a photo if you choose by selecting the "tree" icon): 

Eco-X is unique in Canada as it brings together diverse conservation and agricultural partners with the common message that clean water & healthy grasslands are good for wildlife, livestock, people & the land.  Eco-X is targeted to Grade 1 to 6 students attending rural elementary schools within Saskatchewan's Prairie Ecozone, where significant areas of native prairie remain.  The Eco-X program was developed initially by Parks Canada's Grasslands National Park in 1999 to reach students that would be taking over as the land managers for their family operation, and to show support & increase the students' awareness about the importance of the land manager's relationship with native prairie and species at risk.  PCAP took over as the main lead in 2000 and since then has reached 11,445 Grade K-6 students at 161 schools.  Eco-X features almost a full day of fun, interactive games, skits and songs on native prairie, species at risk and riparian stewardship including the same activities delivered through the Owls & Cows Tour (Cows, Fish, Cattle Dogs and Kids Game Show, Owls On Tour and Loggerhead Shrike presentation) plus seven additional activities including Showbird Show & Tell, Biodiversity Bash, Sanford & Polonius PI: Prairie Investigators, Homes on The Range, Wildlife Habitat Relay, Macro Invertebrate Mayhem and Scaly Saskatchewan.

Describe the timing of your project (Please describe the date and length of time the project runs): 

During the school year

Keywords (Please list keywords, separated by commas, that relate to the project): 
Interactive learning, agri-education, formal education, informal education, prairie, grades K to 6, Burrowing Owl, Loggerhead Shrike, Piping Plover, species at risk, conservation
Describe the educational component of the project (e.g. formal education, training, or public awareness advanced by the project): 

The Eco-Extravaganza brings together up to 8 agricultural and conservation groups including Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC-PFRA), Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC), Nature Saskatchewan (NS), Parks Canada's Grasslands National Park (PC-GNP), Saskatchewan Burrowing Owl Interpretive Centre (SBOIC), and Saskatchewan Watershed Authority (SWA) to deliver programs on prairie conservation and management to Grade K to 6 students in rural schools across the Prairie Ecozone. We use fun, interactive games, skits and songs on prairie conservation and management to accomplish our goals.  Some of the programs that we offer are coordinated with curricula in Saskatchewan (e.g. Macro-Invertebrate Mayhem from Project Wet)

What level of education does this project address?: 
Elementary school
Project sponsors/funders: 

Government of Canada Habitat Stewardship Program for Species at Risk, SaskPower, Carl Block Stewardship Education Memorial Fund

How did you find out about this survey?: 

Student researcher

Owls & Cows Tour

Contact person (The person making this entry has the ability to edit this entry in the future. See above for details as to how): 
Michelle Yaskowich
Email address of primary contact person: 
pcap@sasktel.net
Describe the project (This description appears in your map point. Insert a photo if you choose by selecting the "tree" icon): 

The Owls and Cows Tour brings together the Prairie Conservation Action Plan's (PCAP) Cows, Fish, Cattle Dogs and Kids Game Show and the Saskatchewan Burrowing Owl Interpretive Centre's (SBOIC) Owls On Tour Program as well as an entertaining presentation on the threatened Loggerhead Shrike. This fun, interactive program teaches Grade 3 to 6 students about riparian areas and native prairie, using the endangered Burrowing Owl and the threatened  Loggerhead Shrike as flagship species for native prairie conservation.  Between 2001 and 2008, the Owls and Cows Tour has visited a total of 426 rural elementary schools reaching 32,929 students. Rave reviews have been received from teachers about the Tours' effectiveness in promoting environmental stewardship to youth audiences. 
The Owls and Cows Tour requires approximately 2 hours with the program being delivered in the mornings and afternoons and is usually bracketed around a recess break. Students play the Cows, Fish, Cattle Dogs and Kids Game Show before recess and return after recess to participate in two presentations including Loggerhead Shrikes - Butcherbirds: the Impalers and the Owls On Tour Program. Loggerhead Shrikes - Butcherbirds: the Impalers consists of a slide show about the Loggerhead Shrike including a dress-up activity where a student is dressed to resemble a shrike to aid in the students' identification of the bird. The Owls on Tour program consists of songs and skits and features an imprinted owl from the SBOIC.  Group sizes of ~75 to 125 students work best as audience participation are key elements of these programs.

Describe the timing of your project (Please describe the date and length of time the project runs): 

During the school year

Keywords (Please list keywords, separated by commas, that relate to the project): 
Interactive learning, Burrowing Owls, Loggerhead Shrikes, formal education, informal education, native prairie, grades 3 to 6
Describe the educational component of the project (e.g. formal education, training, or public awareness advanced by the project): 

This fun, interactive program teaches Grade 3 to 6 students about riparian areas and native prairie, using the endangered Burrowing Owl and the threatened Loggerhead Shrike as flagship species for native prairie conservation.

What level of education does this project address?: 
Elementary school
Project sponsors/funders: 

PCAP and SBOIC funders, Government of Canada Habitat Stewardship Program for Species at Risk, Carl Block Memorial Stewardship Education Fund

How did you find out about this survey?: 

Student researcher

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