Wings Over Wascana School Day 2009

Submitted by StudentResearcher on Tue, 2010-04-27 15:26
Date of survey completion
Contact person (The person making this entry has the ability to edit this entry in the future. See above for details as to how)
Leah Japp
Email address of primary contact person
leahjapp@gmail.com
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The fourth annual Wings Over Wascana (WOW) School Day took place Friday May 8, 2009. Participants in WOW have the opportunity to spend a day outdoors, engaged in hands-on, minds-on environmental education activities. Some of these activities included: pond dipping in the marsh, poura-pond to examine aquatic creatures more closely, a presentation by “Batman” (Dr. Mark Brigham), an
opportunity to reflect on their experiences through reflection, drawing and writing, singing EarthSongs
with Don Waite, bird watching, hiking, owl pellet dissection, games using a giant, 6-foot diameter,
EarthBall, and the opportunity to meet a live bat and a live Great Horned Owl. Through all these
activities students gain a greater appreciation for the marsh area and a deeper understanding of the
interconnectedness of natural ecosystems, plus have fun spending the day outside learning!

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

The fourth annual Wings Over Wascana (WOW) School Day took place Friday May 8, 2009.

Keywords (Please list keywords, separated by commas, that relate to the project)
education, youth, natural prairies
Describe the educational component of the project (e.g. formal education, training, or public awareness advanced by the project)

Wings Over Wascana School Day builds capacity for sustainable development through the involvement
and education of youth. The students who participate in the festival gain a deeper appreciation and
understanding of the marsh ecosystem and all the things that they can do in their lives to support and
protect the environment. Some of these students have never had the opportunity to visit the marsh
before, nor have they had other opportunities to engage in activities such as pond dipping and seeing live
bats and owls.

What level of education does this project address?
Elementary school
Public awareness, for example, through the media (informal education)