Natural Prairie Ecosystems

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
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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

WILD! Saskatchewan

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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WILD! Saskatchewan exhibit overlooks the beautiful Wascana Marsh and Bird Sanctuary, creating a feeling of walking into a natural refuge.
WILD! Saskatchewan is a fun and interactive exhibit with a serious and compelling message about our environment and why we need to maintain it.  Visitors will learn about Saskatchewan's amazing eco-regions, topography and diverse life which all need to work in concert with one another.  WILD! Saskatchewan also shares information about the conservation and protection of our world and what we can all do to help. Learn how man's development including the introduction of a new species has affected some of the province's native inhabitants.  A life-sized robotic grizzly bear and extinction game brings to light the extinction of plants and animals around us.  A bird and animal watcher's dream, the WILD! Saskatchewan exhibit's powerful closed circuit camera lets visitors zoom in on the wildlife and plants of the great Wascana Marsh and Bird Sanctuary. A decomposing robotic gopher helps visitors understand the importance of the entire life process.

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): 
Informal education, formal education, interactive learning, prairie ecosystem
Describe the educational component of the project (e.g. formal education, training, or public awareness advanced by the project): 

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

What level of education does this project address?: 
Professional and other training outside the formal school/higher education system (non-formal education)
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

Sustainable Ecosystems: The Marsh and the Urban Forest

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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This wild and wet experience includes bird counts, aquatic critter analysis and water and soil testing.  Students will contribute to a long-term data collection that helps monitor the health of Wascana Marsh and Urban forest.  Students need to be dressed appropriately for the weather.  We go out in heat, wind, rain, and even snow!  This includes wearing proper footwear.

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

September & October

Keywords (Please list keywords, separated by commas, that relate to the project): 
Formal education, elementary education, grade 5-12, biodiversity, ecosystems, student workshop, data collection, citizen science
Describe the educational component of the project (e.g. formal education, training, or public awareness advanced by the project): 

Students learn science monitoring techniques in Wascana Marsh, including bird counts, aquatic critter analysis and water and soil testing. 

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?: 

Students engage in long-term research and monitoring in the marsh. 

Project sponsors/funders: 

None funded; collaboration and input welcome.

How did you find out about this survey?: 

Student researcher

Saskatchewan Native Plants: Our Heritage, Our Future

Contact person (The person making this entry has the ability to edit this entry in the future. See above for details as to how): 
Chet Neufel
Email address of primary contact person: 
info@npss.sk.ca
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The Native Plant Society of Saskatchewan has developed a poster to use as a visual aid to describe various uses for native plants, showing viewers why they are important and giving them a reason to appreciate and conserve them.

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): 
Native plants, plant uses, Saskatchewan, conservation, visual aid, informal education, awareness
Describe the educational component of the project (e.g. formal education, training, or public awareness advanced by the project): 

Poster for learning about native plants and their uses

What level of education does this project address?: 
Public awareness, for example, through the media (informal education)
How did you find out about this survey?: 

Student researcher

Native Plants, Water and Us

Contact person (The person making this entry has the ability to edit this entry in the future. See above for details as to how): 
Chet Neufeld
Email address of primary contact person: 
info@npss.sk.ca
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The Native Plant Society of Saskatchewan has developed and published a guide for youth to educate them about the function and importance of riparian habitats.  Topics covered include native and invasive species, agriculture and water, users of wetland habitats and water pollution.

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): 
Native plants, water, riparian habitats, wetland function, educational material, awareness, informal education
Describe the educational component of the project (e.g. formal education, training, or public awareness advanced by the project): 

Informal awareness about native plant and riparian habitats.

What level of education does this project address?: 
Public awareness, for example, through the media (informal education)
How did you find out about this survey?: 

Student Researcher

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