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  • In our current outdoor learning studies and in the proposed high school credit course - we will be focusing on 4 core areas.
  • Prairie Learning Centre Presentation

    1. 1. This is our classroom… Photos: Johane Janelle
    2. 2. Background of PLC
    3. 3. To foster a rich connection to the natural and cultural wonders of the native prairie through innovative learning opportunities
    4. 4. <ul><li>Place </li></ul><ul><li>Uniqueness </li></ul><ul><li>Connections </li></ul><ul><li>Sustainability </li></ul><ul><li>Community Development </li></ul>At the Prairie Learning Centre we offer educational experiences characterized by five key principles:
    5. 5. *Creativity *Critical Inquiry *Experimentation *Lifelong Learning
    6. 6. Curriculum Linked Workshops for Teachers and Students <ul><li>Prairie Ecology </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Importance of Bison (Wes Olson; Bison Specialist, Resource Conservation Grasslands National Park ) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Return of the Black Footed Ferret (Ashley Wruth; Species at Risk, Resource Conservation Grasslands National Park, Calgary Zoo; Prairie Dog Researchers) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Grasslands and Global Biodiversity (Program Manager, GNP Interpreters) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Birds and Burrows (Geoff Holroyd; Burrowing Owl Researcher, Environment Canada ) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Aliens in the Community (Laura James; Krista Bekker; Invasive Plant Biologist, Resource Conservation Grasslands National Park ) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Aquatic Ecology (Program Manager) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Prairie Management and Conservation (Colin Schmidt; Client Services Grasslands National Park) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The Night Sky: Astronomy (GNP Interpreters) </li></ul></ul>
    7. 7. <ul><li>Prairie Community </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Storytelling from the Land (Lyndon Tootoosis; Cree Storyteller, Poundmaker First Nation) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Prairie Arts and Expression </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Nature Photography </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Yoga on the Land (Sasha Regier; Yoga Instructor) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Expressions of the Earth and Sky </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Prairie Skills </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Prairie Navigation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Advanced Wilderness First Aid (Sherri Grant; Red Cross and St. John’s Ambulance Instructor) </li></ul></ul>Curriculum Linked Workshops for Teachers and Students
    8. 8. <ul><li>Native Studies 10 </li></ul><ul><li>Biology 20 </li></ul><ul><li>Wildlife Management 10, 20 </li></ul>
    9. 9. Additional PLC Programming & Events <ul><li>Eco-Extravaganza- Black Footed Ferret </li></ul><ul><li>Species at Risk in-school program </li></ul><ul><li>Weed Management </li></ul><ul><li>Primitive Tools </li></ul><ul><li>International Grasslands Experience Program </li></ul>
    10. 10. First Nation/Métis Education Initiatives <ul><li>Co-hosted present and potential partners in a workshop on the landscape with follow up meetings at the Chinook Education Centre </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Chinook School Division, Grasslands National Park, Holy Trinity School Division, Office of the Treaty Commissioner, Cree Elders </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Outcome of workshop: middle years curriculum development in First Nations/Métis Education </li></ul><ul><li>November 1 st, 2010 Sweat Ceremony </li></ul>
    11. 13. Imagine your students in a classroom that stretches from horizon to horizon, filled with the sights and sounds of the native prairie…..
    12. 14. “ Every kid should try it out and give it a shot. Who wouldn’t like to go on hikes, see rattlesnakes and bison and learn at the same time!” -student participant “ I have already told people how great this class is!” -student participant
    13. 15. “ It’s awesome, you get to learn about grasses [by seeing them] rather than by reading about them.” -student participant “ So far, this is the best bio class that I’ve done and all hands on is awesome.” -student participant “ I would recommend this course to everyone! The best times would have had to have been when we were out in the park because we were outside and learning.” -student participant
    14. 16. “ For students with a love for biology and the environment it was a wonderful opportunity to experience what our province has to offer. You have a treasure there, and we will try and be in touch in the future to set up an excursion for another group of students.” - John Irving, Principal, Cabri School (Importance of Bison, and Prairie Stories)
    15. 17. <ul><li>“ It was perfect- I can’t think of a better field trip to have taken my students on” </li></ul><ul><li>- Jen Uteck, Teacher, Ponteix School (Grasslands and Global Biodiversity, Storytelling from the Land, and Astronomy) </li></ul>
    16. 18. <ul><li>“ The hands on activities were great, and the ties to curriculum were fantastic” </li></ul><ul><li>-Kristen Simonson, Teacher, Swift Current Comprehensive High School (Species at Risk presentation) </li></ul>
    17. 19. Want more Information? Contact Us: Program Manager P.O. Box 68 Val Marie, SK S0N 0T0 306-298-4495 www.prairielearningcentre.ca

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