Natural Prairie Ecosystems

Free Knowledge Day

Submitted by StudentResearcher on Fri, 2010-04-30 14:20
Date of survey completion
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Charlotte Morrissette
Email address of primary contact person
charlotte@rpirg.org
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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.

EcoQuest Grade 8 Outdoor Classroom

Submitted by StudentResearcher on Fri, 2010-04-30 14:16
Date of survey completion
Contact person (The person making this entry has the ability to edit this entry in the future. See above for details as to how)
Scott Thompson
Email address of primary contact person
thompsons@spsd.sk.ca
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Ecoquest is a unique ecological, outdoor adventure program for grade eight students that provides active and challenging learning experiences. With Saskatchewan's diverse landscape as the classroom, Ecoquest students participate in field studies that bring the curriculum to life. The students, who come from all over Saskatoon, work cooperatively and form a close community as they share exciting experiences and develop a deeper understanding and appreciation of environmental and social issues. Ecoquest students develop intellectually, socially, physically and spiritually while also enhancing their self-esteem and citizenship skills. This program's relevant and engaging experiential learning helps students to truly understand and critically evaluate real community issues that affect us all.  Instructional field studies range in scope from day trips in and around Saskatoon to major extended expeditions. Time is also spent in the classroom responding to and analyzing the out-of-school experiences and the data collected. All the required academic subjects are integrated into Ecoquest's three major themes - A Sense of Place, A Sense of Time and A Sense of Quality.  Expeditions in the prairie ecozone include backpacking in the Great Sandhills, Cypress Hills, and Eastend in April and canoeing along the South Saskatchewan River in May.

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)
outdoor education, grade 8 outdoor school, expeditions, active learning, hands-on learning, experiential education, adventure education, ecoliteracy
Describe the educational component of the project (e.g. formal education, training, or public awareness advanced by the project)

Ecoquest provides instruction in all required areas of study: Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Arts Education, Physical Education, Practical and Applied Arts, Career Education, and Health.  The foundational objectives of each subject's curriculum are delivered in an integrated instructional format through a variety of instructional strategies that include research projects, experiential field studies, and extended excursions.

What level of education does this project address?
Elementary school
Middle years school
High school
Are there any research questions and opportunities that have or could be examined with this project?

We have had many people study our program and develop experiential programs of their own e.g. Earthkeepers, Lets Lead, Science Trek.
Many people work with our students who are active in research topics: forest ecology, wetlands, prairies, geology, architecture, First Nations studies etc. etc; between 50 to 75 people will work with our kids this year.  Our program is project based and has students actively researching, writing and presenting constantly throughout the year. Although their independent and group essays are unpublished, many of them become quite proficient at looking at qualitative and quantitative data.

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

Janet McVittie with Curriculum Studies at the College of Education conducted a three year study called: Assessing the Hard to Assess: Learning in a Middle Years Outdoor Environmental School available online at the Stirling McDowell Foundation for Research Into Teaching

Project sponsors/funders

Student researcher

ScienceTrek

Submitted by StudentResearcher on Fri, 2010-04-30 14:03
Date of survey completion
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Susana Chan
Email address of primary contact person
chans@spsd.sk.ca
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Offered at Montgomery School, Science Trek is a field-based science program created to inspire Grade eight students to grow academically, socially, personally and culturally. Science Trek is highlighted by hands on out of school experiences intended to fuel a passion for science and learning. Science Trek promotes lifelong outdoor pursuits such as hiking, biking, swimming, skiing, camping and canoeing. The program helps to foster an understanding of the diversity of science and the impact of science on human culture and the environment.

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)
Formal education, outdoor education, prairie learning, hands on experience, experiential learning, grade eight
Describe the educational component of the project (e.g. formal education, training, or public awareness advanced by the project)

Students learn grade 8/9 science curricula and receive grade 9 credit for high school.

What level of education does this project address?
Middle years school
High school
Are there any research questions and opportunities that have or could be examined with this project?

Students work with University of Saskatchewan with the Let's Talk Science Program and students have worked at the Sanofi Biotech Challenge with university mentors

Project sponsors/funders

Cameco Corporation, Potash Corporation, Saskatchewan Environment, Ducks Unlimited, WISE (Women in Science and Engineering),

How did you find out about this survey?

student researcher

Live Owl Webcam

Submitted by StudentResearcher on Fri, 2010-04-30 13:55
Date of survey completion
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Janet Ng
Email address of primary contact person
sboic@sasktel.net
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Our Live Owl Webcam is a year round project where interested participants can visit our website and watch our live burrowing owls.  The Saskatchewan Burrowing Owl Interpretive Centre has eleven wild, rehabilitated burrowing owls that are permanent residents at the centre.  In the winter, you can watch the owls inside their cozy winter enclosure, and in the spring and summer, you can watch a burrowing owl nest development from a clutch of eggs to a group of young burrowing owls.  Contact sboic@sasktel.net for a learning program for our webcam.

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

Ongoing

Keywords (Please list keywords, separated by commas, that relate to the project)
burrowing owl, webcam, ornithology, nest, conservation, endangered species
Describe the educational component of the project (e.g. formal education, training, or public awareness advanced by the project)

This project can be an informal learning experience where participants learn about the different growth stages while watching the webcam when they have a spare moment.  Classes can also use the webcam to teach a structured program about the endangered burrowing owl and their nesting ecology.

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

Shell Environment Fund

How did you find out about this survey?

Kim

Addional comments/suggestions

It would nice if we could save our work.....

Wise Owlets Ecology Camp

Submitted by StudentResearcher on Fri, 2010-04-30 13:52
Date of survey completion
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Janet Ng
Email address of primary contact person
sboic@sasktel.net
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The Saskatchewan Burrowing Owl Interpretive Centre runs two weeks of day camps, titled Wise Owlets Ecology Camp.  Wise Owlets are naturalists for a day and learn about plants and animals.  Our creative programs incorporate conservation and science into games, crafts, and lots of hands-on activities.

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

July and August

Keywords (Please list keywords, separated by commas, that relate to the project)
day camp, ecology, environmental education, species at risk, burrowing owl, crafts, games, children
Describe the educational component of the project (e.g. formal education, training, or public awareness advanced by the project)

Formal environmental education in an informal setting.  Kids are lead through crafts, activities, and stories that incorporate information about their surrounding environment.  We emphasize Saskatchewan prairie plants and animals in our teachings.

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

Owls on Tour

Submitted by StudentResearcher on Fri, 2010-04-30 13:49
Date of survey completion
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Janet Ng
Email address of primary contact person
sboic@sasktel.net
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If you can't come to us, we'll come to you!  The Saskatchewan Burrowing Owl Interpretive Centre have outreach visits available during the school year and are put on by a knowledgeable staff member and one of two travelling education owls.  Our programs are focused on education people about the endangered burrowing owl and other species at risk found in native prairie.  Our mandate is to promote conservation and stewardship of native prairie.  We visit groups of all ages, and programs may include a Powerpoint presentation, informative talks, songs, stories, skits, and the chance to interact with a live burrowing owl.  Programs last approximately 45 minutes.

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

Ongoing

Keywords (Please list keywords, separated by commas, that relate to the project)
burrowing owl, Owls on Tour, outreach, species at risk, endangered, native prairie, classroom
Describe the educational component of the project (e.g. formal education, training, or public awareness advanced by the project)

Informal-awareness at Eco-Fairs and events, but formal in school presentations

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

City of Moose Jaw, DMKC Holdings, Environment Canada Habitat Stewardship Program for Species at Risk, Human Resources and Social Development Canada, Moose Jaw Exhibition Company, SaskEnergy, Saskatchewan Fish and Wildlife Development Fund, Baillie Fund, Evergreen, Lorne and Evelyn Johnson Foundation, Mountain Equipment Coop, Nexen, SEIMA, Saskatchewan Dragoons, Shell Environment Fund, South Saskatchewan Wildlife Association, TD Friends of the Environment Foundation, Canadian Natural Resources Limited, Human Society of Canada

Addional comments/suggestions

maybe clarify the question about the education component....I wasn't sure what you were asking....but that's probably just me....

Saskatchewan Burrowing Owl Interpretive Centre

Submitted by StudentResearcher on Fri, 2010-04-30 13:47
Date of survey completion
Contact person (The person making this entry has the ability to edit this entry in the future. See above for details as to how)
Janet Ng
Email address of primary contact person
sboic@sasktel.net
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The  Saskatchewan Burrowing Owl Interpretive Centre (SBOIC) is an educational facility dedicated to the conservation of Burrowing Owls and their prairie home.  Located in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, SBOIC is at the center of the Burrowing Owl's range on the Canadian Plains.
Burrowing  Owls are in trouble in Canada; their populations have been declining  sharply for over a decade and it's possible that there will soon be no  more of these little ground owls left in Canada.  In the summer months, SBOIC's focus is on in-house tours of our facility. Emphasis is on learning about the prairie ecosystem, and the conservation of species and habitat. Bring a whole class or bring your family. Our interpretive staff give guided tours and pass along information about research and conservation efforts being made by SBOIC and our partners.
Such a visit to the Centre includes:  a walk through a giant burrow; the opportunity to view SBOIC's captive owls in their outdor enclosure; the chance to see wild hawks, coyotes, jackrabbits, gophers, and other prairie wildlife in the adjacent field; the opportunity to learn more about native prairie plants in Evergreen Native Prairie Garden; the chance to hike the 1.0km Luna Interpretive Trail;  and perhaps the chance to meet one of our imprinted owls!   

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

May long weekend to Labour Day weekend in September, open 10am to 6 pm everyday in the summer.

Keywords (Please list keywords, separated by commas, that relate to the project)
endangered, burrowing owls, species at risk, native prairie, visitor centre, interpretive centre, environmental education, family
Describe the educational component of the project (e.g. formal education, training, or public awareness advanced by the project)

Formal public and school presentations and informal guided tours

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

City of Moose Jaw, Moose Jaw Exhibition, DMKC Holdings, Environment Canada Habitat Stewardship Program for Species at Risk; Human Resources and Social Development Canada; SaskEnergy; Saskatchewan Fish and Wildlife Development Fund, Baillie Fund, Evergreen, Lorne and Evelyn Johnson Foundation, Mountain Equipment Coop, Nexen, Saskatchewan Dragoons, SEIMA, Shell Environment Fund, South Saskatchewan Wildlife Association, TD Friends of the Environment Foundation, Canadian Natural Resources Limited; Humane Society of Canada

How did you find out about this survey?

Kim

Enviro Cup Workshop

Submitted by StudentResearcher on Fri, 2010-04-30 11:54
Date of survey completion
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
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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

Submitted by StudentResearcher on Fri, 2010-04-30 11:52
Date of survey completion
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Michelle Yaskowich
Email address of primary contact person
pcap@sasktel.net
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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.

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Student researcher

Eco-Extravaganza (Eco-X)

Submitted by StudentResearcher on Fri, 2010-04-30 11:49
Date of survey completion
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
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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