Beaver Creek student tour MeewasinMeewasin is the steward of the river valley in Saskatoon and area, which is upwards of 67 square kilometers of area. Our staff works hard year-round to conserve and monitor the natural spaces that provide habitat for wildlife, provide opportunities for outdoor learning, and offer engaging public experiences in the Meewasin Valley.

Guided School Programs

Meewasin’s Interpretive Team offers seasonal programming and land-based learning opportunities to students and teachers at sites such as the Northeast Swale, Beaver Creek Conservation Area (BCCA), and the Cameco Meewasin Skating Rink @Nutrien Plaza.

Current Programs

In partnership with Saskatoon Public Schools and Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools Divisions, Meewasin is currently offering Grade 3 Programming at the Northeast Swale, Grade 5 programming at Beaver Creek Conservation Area supported by SaskPower, and all grades programming at the Cameco Meewasin Skating Rink @Nutrien Plaza (skating season only).

Booking information for these programs will be distributed through the school divisions directly.

Program Descriptions

Grade 3 Ecology Programs – Northeast Swale
Students walk through the Meewasin Northeast SwaleExplore Nature in the City! The Grade 3 Program at the Northeast Swale is a half-day of learning in a unique prairie wetland habitat. This program includes a nature hike in the ecological core of the Northeast Swale and features the exploration of ecosystem connections, identification of grassland plants and wildlife, nature mindfulness, and discussions of Indigenous Worldviews and treaty relationships as well as other place-based learnings.

These half-day programs (9:30 am – 11:30 am OR 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm) are offered in spring (May & June) and fall (September & October).

Learn more about the Northeast Swale

Grade 5 Ecology Programs – Beaver Creek Conservation Area
Beaver Creek Ecology programs include a full day of learning out in nature! You and your students will learn about and observe spring/fall migration, and mating and nesting behaviors of common birds at Beaver Creek with a special focus on the resident Black-capped Chickadee. This program also explores the impacts of weather systems on plants and animals, sustainable grassland management, medicinal plant uses, keystone species, predator-prey relationships, and the importance of citizen science.

These full-day programs (10:00 am – 2:30 pm) are offered each spring (April – June) and fall (September – November). We are grateful to SaskPower for their support of Meewasin’s educational programming.

Grade 5 Cross-Country Ski Program – Beaver Creek Conservation Area
In this full day program, students have an opportunity to feed the resident Black-capped Chickadees at Beaver Creek and to learn about winter adaptations, the importance of snow as habitat, and animal tracks on the open prairie. Students are introduced to cross-country skiing through a short lesson, followed by a 60 – 90 minute ski on the upland prairie with stunning views of the South Saskatchewan River Valley.

This ski trail is both fun and accessible for all skill levels! This full-day program (10:00 am – 2:30 pm) is offered in winter (January – March).

Learn more about Beaver Creek Conservation Area

All Grade Levels – Interpretive Programs at the Cameco-Meewasin Skating Rink @Nutrien Plaza
Students walk through Beaver Creek MeewasinJoin an interpreter at the Cameco Meewasin Skating Rink @Nutrien Plaza in downtown Saskatoon for an outdoor skate and a chance to learn more about Meewasin and the importance of the river valley corridor. There is no target age group for this program, it is open to any class that would like to participate.

This half-day program is offered during the outdoor skating season (January – March).

QUESTIONS? For questions related to programming/facilities please contact our Interpretive Team at 306-374-2474. Our staff are in office Wednesday through Sunday from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm.

Resources for Educators

K-12 Digital Resources: Are you an educator interested in accessing resources to help you get started or find some new ideas for land-based learning?

Meewasin, in partnership with Saskatoon Public Schools and Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools have developed a series of award-winning K-12 resources to help educators to achieve curriculum outcomes in an outdoor environment.

These materials will help you prepare for and engage your students in outdoor learning, and include:

      • Getting Started (Setting up for Success & Excursion Checklist)
      • An Interpretive Program Guide for the Meewasin Valley
      • Grade-specific curriculum-linked lessons for K-12
      • Quick Facts and more!

We are very proud to share that these resources have been recognized by RCE Saskatchewan with the 2021 Lyle Benko Future Generations Award!

ACCESS THE RESOURCES: Educators can submit a request to access our K-12 educator resources by completing a short form at this link.

Frequently Asked Questions

HOW DO I BOOK A PROGRAM (SPS/GSCS)?

Meewasin provides information about available programs (including how to submit a program request) to the school divisions to distribute to teachers in September (fall programs), December (winter programs) & March (spring programs).

HOW MANY PROGRAMS ARE AVAILABLE?

Depends on the site, season and length of program. We typically try to offer programming on Wednesdays, Thursday and Fridays. Due to high demand, Meewasin is working with the school divisions to ensure equitable access to these programs. Preference may be given to schools that did not participate in a program in the previous school year.

DOES MY DIVISION PROVDE SUPPORT FOR THESE PROGRAMS?

For questions related to division financial support and bus bookings please contact:

Saskatoon Public Schools
SSSAD, Athletics and Out of School Education
P: 306.683.8273

Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools
Coordinator of Learning Services
P: 306.659.7075

DO I BOOK MY BUS FOR THESE PROGRAMS?

Meewasin does not coordinate transportation arrangements. For questions related to bus bookings please, contact your school division as noted above.

WHAT IF I’M NOT WITH THESE SCHOOL DIVISIONS OR AM INTERESTED IN PROGRAMMING FOR A DIFFERENT GRADE-LEVEL OR GROUP?

Meewasin’s guided program offerings are currently limited due to the pandemic, however, we are assessing interest to help us plan for future programming. To inquire about a program, please contact the Interpretive Team at 306-374-2474 (Wednesday through Sunday from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm).

Partners FOR the Saskatchewan River Basin

Founded in 1993 by Meewasin, Partners FOR the Saskatchewan River Basin (PFSRB) promotes stewardship and sustainability of the Saskatchewan River Basin, an international watershed stretching over the three Prairie Provinces and a portion of Montana. More than 3 million people live within the basin which includes the North Saskatchewan, Red Deer, Oldman, Bow, Highwood, South Saskatchewan, Battle, Saskatchewan, St. Mary, and Carrot Rivers.

Their focus is the Basin itself, however programs are most often delivered to all areas of the Prairie Provinces. To date, PFSRB has delivered over 20 major educational and informational projects. Partners FOR the Saskatchewan River Basin continues to strive for excellence, maintaining that their primary client is the River.

PFSRB is governed by a Board of Directors with members from the three prairie provinces. For more information on PFSRB please visit their website.

Yellow Fish Road™

Since 1999, thousands of Canadian youth have participated in the Yellow Fish Road™ program, learning about their water supply. Painting the storm sewers with yellow fish and distributing the fish-shaped yellow brochures is a reminder of the importance of clean water and the proper disposal of hazardous waste. The program reinforces the concept that whatever goes into the storm sewer flows directly into the river.

Partners FOR the Saskatchewan River Basin, Meewasin Valley Authority, and the City of Saskatoon would like to thank all past participants in the Yellow Fish Road™ program. This program reminds us that what goes down our storm drains directly impacts our river and wetlands.

Please join us to spread the word that “Rain Only” should be going down storm drains.

Contact sbouchard@saskriverbasin.ca for more information on how your class or group can get involved. There is no cost to participate.

Learn more about safe disposal of household hazardous waste: saskwastereduction.ca or saskatoon.ca/hazardouswaste or call 306-975-2487.

You can paint a storm sewer with a yellow fish at your school OR in your community to remind people that what goes into your storm sewers goes directly into your river. Download the Yellow Fish Road™ poster information from this Yellow Fish Road™ poster information. Visit the Yellow Fish Road™ website (https://tucanada.org/yellow-fish-road/) and download the program guide. Distribute the Yellow Fish Road™ bookmark to homes in your community.  Learn more about how to protect your local waters. For more information contact Partners FOR the Saskatchewan River Basin at 306-665-6887. Get involved today.

Caring for Our Watersheds

The CARING FOR OUR WATERSHEDS program is an environmental educational competition that encourages creativity and rewards students for the solutions they identify. CARING FOR OUR WATERSHEDS partners with communities to create focused solutions to local watershed issues.

Each year Nutrien invites students to submit proposals that answer the question:
“WHAT CAN YOU DO TO IMPROVE YOUR WATERSHED?”

This program rewards the students and the schools who submit the most creative, thought-provoking, and innovative ideas. Implementation funding and community mentorship is available to turn the students’ ideas into realistic solutions! This program is open to all students in Grade 7-12 in Saskatchewan.

Partners FOR the Saskatchewan River Basin is the coordinator for this program in Saskatchewan. For more information on how you can get involved you can visit www.caringforourwatersheds.com or email Sue Bouchard at sbouchard@saskriverbasin.ca.

The Caring For Our Watersheds program is open to Grade 7-12 students in Saskatchewan. Now you can connect with the watershed group in your region to learn more about the Caring for our Watersheds program and access local resources!

2019 Caring for Our Watersheds

Thank you to all of the students, teachers, and volunteers who participated in the 2019 Caring for our Watersheds competition. In a verbal competition on May 4, 2019 at Prairieland Park, the Top Ten entries presented their project ideas on how to improve their local watershed.

Rafay Ahmed, Josh Bell, and Saabir Yousuf from Greystone Heights School took home first place with their plan to eliminate single-use plastics in their school. They are also organizing a riverbank cleanup for this spring. Each of the Top Ten contestants won a cash prize plus a matching cash prize for their school, with over $12,000 awarded in total. Along with the cash prizes, Nutrien Inc. has also provided $10,000 to help the students implement their ideas.

Turning ideas into realistic solutions is the key to improving our local watersheds. Thank you to Nutrien Inc. for their sponsorship of this valuable program.

Click here for more information.

Final Place Award Student Name (s) Proposal Name School
1 $1,000 Rafay Ahmed, Josh Bell, and Saabir Yousuf No Plastic Is Fantastic Greystone Heights School, Saskatoon
2 $900 Shaun Vorster The Soda Tap! Montgomery School, Saskatoon
3 $800 Lauren Wright Bees For Our Watersheds Tommy Douglas Collegiate, Saskatoon
4 $700 Renée Lichtenwald and Odessa Schlosser Robbie’s River Rescue St. George School, Saskatoon
5 $600 Dishita Emayan and Cindy Li Plan Bee Greystone Heights School, Saskatoon
6 $500 Sabri Bhargava and Gabrielle Corbett-Mills The Garbage Gobbler Brunskill School, Saskatoon
7 $450 Rachel Grasby and Peytin Johnson Community Recycling Venture Heights School, Martensville
8 $400 Mary Elegino, Abrianna Primavera, and Ella Rutera Tainted Paint St. Kateri Tekakwitha School, Regina
9 $350 Dilsher Braich, Alex Huang, and Huy Nguyen Locomotion Buddies Colette Bourgonje School, Saskatoon
10 $300 Crystal Lennox Vertical Hanging Gardens Lord Asquith School, Asquith

 

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Meewasin relies on donations to steward Saskatoon and area’s most treasured space, the Meewasin Valley. We could not provide the river experience we do without help from you, please consider supporting Meewasin through a one time, yearly or monthly donation.

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