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.