Natural Prairie Ecosystems

Native Plant Communities of Saskatchewan Activity Sheet

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

The Native Plant Society of Saskatchewan has developed an activity sheet to give examples of native plants that are typical to different ecozones of Saskatchewan.  Youth are engaged through a series of activities on the sheet such as a crossword, connect the dots and a word find.

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, ecozone, Saskatchewan, plant communities, activity sheet, informal education, awareness, youth activities
Describe the educational component of the project (e.g. formal education, training, or public awareness advanced by the project): 

Informal awareness activity to learn about native plants and plant communities.

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

Nexen

How did you find out about this survey?: 

Student researcher

Native Plant Communities of 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): 
Chet Neufeld
Email address of primary contact person: 
Throughout Saskatchewan
Describe the project (This description appears in your map point. Insert a photo if you choose by selecting the "tree" icon): 

The Native Plant Society of Saskatchewan has developed a poster to give examples of native plants that are typical to different ecozones of Saskatchewan.

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

Informal awareness through learning about native plants and plant communities.

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

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How did you find out about this survey?: 

Student researcher

Acreage Living: A Conservation Guide For Owners and Developers Of Natural Habitats

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

The Native Plant Society of Saskatchewan has developed and published a guide for landowners and developers to aid in conserving and/or restoring land to provide habitat for native fauna and flora.  Planning, design, and management are covered, and topics range from soil erosion and water conservation to enjoyment of natural areas.

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): 
Acreage living, habitat conservation, rural living, wildlife habitat development, management, informal education, awareness
Describe the educational component of the project (e.g. formal education, training, or public awareness advanced by the project): 

Awareness education for habitat conservation/restoration planning and design.

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

Habitat Stewardship Program, Environment Canada; Saskatchewan Prairie Conservation Action Plan; Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment; Ducks Unlimited Canada; Browning Design Inc.; Saskatchewan Watershed Authority; Prairie Farm Rehabilitation Administration; Land Stewardship Centre of Canada

How did you find out about this survey?: 

Student researcher

Rare Plant Survey Techniques Course

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

This course is perfect for professionals who conduct, contract, or supervise rare plant survey projects, seeking improved skills in project planning, execution or reporting. Government, NGO, industry, and consulting sectors will all find value in this course.  This is not a plant identification course.
Dr. Darcy Henderson is a Grassland Ecologist with Environment Canada - Canadian Wildlife Service, and he authored the survey guidelines that form the basis of this course. Darcy is also Chair of the Recovery Team for Plant Species at Risk in the Prairie Provinces, and has 18 years experience in ecological research, management and teaching spanning Manitoba to Alberta, prairie and boreal systems, in private and public sectors. Darcy is volunteering with the NPSS and offering CWS facilities and monitoring sites to make this course happen.

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

Summer months

Keywords (Please list keywords, separated by commas, that relate to the project): 
Formal survey technique training, awareness, technical training
Describe the educational component of the project (e.g. formal education, training, or public awareness advanced by the project): 

Professional training, technical training

What level of education does this project address?: 
Professional and other training outside the formal school/higher education system (non-formal education)
How did you find out about this survey?: 

Student researcher

McKell Wascana Conservation Park

Contact person (The person making this entry has the ability to edit this entry in the future. See above for details as to how): 
Dominique Clincke, Coordinator of Landscape Design
Email address of primary contact person: 
dclincke@regina.ca
Describe the project (This description appears in your map point. Insert a photo if you choose by selecting the "tree" icon): 

The goal of the project, which began in 2004, is to conserve some of the last existing native grassland within Regina, while promoting and educating both urban and rural residents about nature, habitat stewardship and the importance of wetlands and wetland ecosystems.

The park is located in the southeast part of the city, along the Wascana Creek between Highway 33 to the east and Fleet Street to the west in the Wascana Estates subdivision. It includes 75 acres of natural habitat within the city and 96 acres adjacent to city limits. Much of the land was donated to the project by Bob McKell, whose family has farmed in the area since the 1880s.

The project is ongoing, but when complete, the area will act as a conservation showcase for Regina and area residents to enjoy. It will also function as an outdoor classroom for the Ducks Unlimited Canada's wetland education program. Home to white-tailed deer, leopard frogs, garter snakes, fish and a variety of bird species, the McKell Wascana Conservation Park is an ideal site for youth programming. In the future, the site will include an education plaza and interpretive trails.

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): 
Naturalisation, prairie restoration, birds, wildlife, habitat, informal education, urban greenspace, outdoor classroom
Describe the educational component of the project (e.g. formal education, training, or public awareness advanced by the project): 

Ducks Unlimited (DU) will be developing the site for use an outdoor classroom. The site will include an entry plaza and amphitheatre to accommodate visiting school groups, a floating dock, interpretive trails and interpretive signage. DU has distributed informational brochures to its members and through its office. Site restoration and construction will begin in 2008.

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

Ducks Unlimited Canada, City of Regina

How did you find out about this survey?: 

Student Researcher.

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