Natural Prairie Ecosystems

Annual Summer Field 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): 
Chet Neufeld
Email address of primary contact person: 
info@npss.sk.ca
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The annual summer field tour is a weekend organized to spend exploring native grasslands in Saskatchewan.  Formal tours are offered throughout the weekend.  In 2008, the field tour took place south of Indian Head, SK, near the Cherry Lake area, an ecologically diverse area supporting interesting grassland species such as Downy Paintbrush (Castilleja sessiliflora) and the moist-site Long-bracted Orchid (Coeloglossum viride). 

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): 
Field tour, informal education, awareness, native prairie tours
Describe the educational component of the project (e.g. formal education, training, or public awareness advanced by the project): 

Formal tours offered during the weekend.

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

Annual Rare Plant Identification Workshops

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 hosts rare plant workshops for anyone to attend. These workshops are designed for those with an interest in finding and identifying rare plants regardless of skill level. There are day-long courses held in Saskatoon and Regina. We cover topics including general plant identification, general survey techniques, rare plant classification systems and rare plant identification and reporting. Participants will get an opportunity to see high quality photos and specimens of the rare plants and will receive take-home informational packages to help them look for rare plants. There is no other course like this in Saskatchewan so take advantage of it!

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): 
Plant identification, awareness, informal education, practical training, formal education, plant surveys
Describe the educational component of the project (e.g. formal education, training, or public awareness advanced by the project): 

Professional training through plant identification workshops

What level of education does this project address?: 
Professional and other training outside the formal school/higher education system (non-formal education)
Are there any research questions and opportunities that have or could be examined with this project?: 

Participants are encouraged to conduct surveys and submit results to NPSS for which they will be paid $25 for the first survey and $20 for two additional surveys. 

Project sponsors/funders: 

Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment

How did you find out about this survey?: 

student researcher

Prince of Wales 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): 
Janine Daradich, Landscape Architect
Email address of primary contact person: 
jrdaradi@regina.ca
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A neighbourhood park developed as a storm water retention site. The park includes a storm pond with a naturalized riparian zone surrounding it (12 m to 24 m wide). Portions of the pond are also designed with a shallow ledge to encourage aquatic growth. 

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, informal education, urban greenspace
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There are two docks at water level for water access and winter skating access. Interpretive panels describing the site function are placed at these docks.

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

City of Regina

How did you find out about this survey?: 

Student Researcher.

A Guide to Small Scale Prairie Restoration: How to grow your own patch of native prairie

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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For schools and community groups, this guidebook will give you a good idea of the steps necessary to create your own patch of native prairie. The most important part to remember is that this is a process, an interesting process, and not simply a finished product. The very nature of ecosystems guarantees that the prairie will continue to change even after it is established. This process of creating a native prairie ecosystem has almost limitless potential for use as an educational tool, for students of all ages.
This guide is meant to be a generalized introduction to prairie restoration, and a guide to the steps necessary to grow prairie. We did not intend for it to be the only resource used in this process, and have therefore included a large section of references in a number of topic areas. Please use these references to expand your knowledge and ideas before you begin a project, and also use them for details about techniques while in progress.

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Ongoing

Keywords (Please list keywords, separated by commas, that relate to the project): 
Guidebook, informal education, native prairie restoration, school groups, community groups
Describe the educational component of the project (e.g. formal education, training, or public awareness advanced by the project): 

Formal education for schools and community groups wishing to restore areas of native prairie

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

Environment Canada’s EcoAction

How did you find out about this survey?: 

Student researcher

Dr. George Ferguson 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): 
Janine Daradich, Landscape Architect
Email address of primary contact person: 
jrdaradi@regina.ca
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A neighbourhood park redeveloped as a storm water detention site. Areas nearest the storm inlets are designed as naturalized wetland areas. The wetland area also has a small outdoor amphitheatre space for use as an outdoor classroom.

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, 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): 

An interpretive sign for the wetland area is planned for the next few years.  An outdoor classroom space is available for use.

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

City of Regina

How did you find out about this survey?: 

Student Researcher.

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