Natural Prairie Ecosystems

Owls on 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): 
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

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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

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
Describe the project (This description appears in your map point. Insert a photo if you choose by selecting the "tree" icon): 

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

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

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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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
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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

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