Sunday 12 February 2017

Ecology Camp for Kids, Saskatoon

Ecology Camp for Kids received an EcoFriendly Action Grant in 2016. They reported back on their activities:

"Establishing a lifelong passion and reconnecting children to the great outdoors through inquiry and experiential learning is the main goal of Ecology Camp for Kids. We strive to provide children with quality information, highlighting important regional habitats, species and issues, as well as encouraging an interest in science, nature, and conservation.

"Thanks to EcoFriendly Sask’s generous donation of $500 this summer, we have been able to provide campers with these authentic learning moments, using the natural environments we have visited to create a sense of authenticity, belonging, ecology, and conservation within the minds of the children we have had the pleasure of educating.

"We have created these learning moments through activities such as, but not limited to: pond dipping, hiking, bird watching/feeding, bug catching/releasing, solo-time, team-building games, and by making observations through microscopes.

"At Ecology Camp for Kids we also have a philosophy that we live and learn by: everyday field trips. With the use of your donation we have visited, explored, and learned new knowledge about locations such as the Saskatoon Forestry Farm, Park & Zoo; Chappell Marsh; Saskatoon Natural Grasslands; the Northeast Swale; Wanuskewin Heritage Park; Pike Lake; Saskatoon Watershed Splash Park; Beaver Creek Conservation Area; and numerous other locations within and outside of the Saskatoon city limits.

"Without your donation, Ecology Camp for Kids may not have been able to run as well as we did this summer, so for that we thank you again. Your donation was greatly appreciated and put to good use educating the young minds of tomorrow."

Ecology Day Camps for Kids are offered during February, Easter, and summer school breaks for kids from 8-11 plus one Junior Leader from 12-17. There's still time to register for the Easter Break Rainforest Ecology camp, but hurry as space is limited.

In-school environmental workshops for teachers and their K-8 students are offered throughout the year. Classes can also participate in guided wetland and grassland field trips. Free guided field trips for grade 4-6 are sponsored by Ducks Unlimited Canada and SaskPower. 

EcoFriendly Action Grants support local projects that will reduce or prevent damage to the environment.