The Conservation Learning Centre’s School Program offers students in grades 3 through 11 practical, hands-on activities that reinforce the foundational and learning objectives set out in the Saskatchewan Education curriculum.

This new curriculum is great for groups with mixed grades, science clubs or groups that want something a little different. We also have a new grade nine curriculum called Risks and Limits that focuses on critical thinking and decision-making skills.

Worksheets and take-home materials are available in French upon request.


About School Tours

The CLC is a research and demonstration farm located 18 km south of Prince Albert on Highway #2. The agricultural practices at the CLC focus on the conservation of soil, water and wildlife habitat. Since 1994, over 30,000 students have participated in activities based at the Centre.


Details

Dates:
May to June, and September to October
Length:
1-2 hours on-farm depending on the teacher’s preference (plus one-hour in-class presentation, where applicable)
Arrival:
Morning session 9:30 AM / Afternoon session 12:30 PM
Alternate time arrangements can be made for schools travelling further distances.
Limit:
40 groups per season


* We recommend that each class have a student-to-chaperone ratio of approximately 7 to 1.

The continued support of many organizations and programs enables the CLC to continue offering a quality learning experience to your students. We are grateful for their commitment and encourage you to express your appreciation by sending a letter to any of the sponsors listed in your farm visit packages. Your acknowledgement of their support will in turn ensure future participation by these groups in all education programs.


Curricula

Grade 3

Grade three students will investigate the growth and development of plants, including the conditions necessary for germination. They will also analyze the interdependence among plants, individuals, society and the environment.

Grade 4

This class will investigate the interdependence of plants and animals, including humans, within habitats and communities. They will also analyze plants and animals’ structures and behaviours that enable them to exist in various habitats and assess the effects of natural and human activities on habitats and communities and propose actions to maintain or restore habitats.

Grade 5

With a new state-of-the-art climate reference station at the Conservation Learning Centre, the students will learn how local weather, including temperature, wind speed and direction, amount of sunlight, precipitation, relative humidity and cloud cover, are measured. They will also investigate local, national and global weather conditions, including the role of air movement and solar energy transfer. Analyzing the impact of weather on society and the environment, including technologies that help humans address weather conditions, will also be investigated.

Grade 6

Students will learn to recognize, describe and appreciate the diversity of living things in local and other ecosystems and explore related careers.

Grade 7

Grade 7 students will observe, illustrate and analyze living organisms within local ecosystems as part of interconnected food webs, populations and communities. They will evaluate biogeochemical cycles (water, carbon and nitrogen) as representations of energy flow and the cycling of matter through ecosystems, and analyze how ecosystems change in response to natural and human influences and propose actions to reduce the impact of human behaviour on a specific ecosystem.

Grade 8

Students will analyze the impact of natural and human-induced changes to the characteristics and distribution of water in local, regional and national ecosystems. They will also examine how wind, water and ice have shaped and continue to shape the Canadian landscape. Students will also analyze natural factors and human practices that affect productivity and species distribution in marine and freshwater environments.

Grade 9

Students will learn to describe the processes and implications of sexual and asexual reproduction in plants and animals.

Grade 10

Students will study ecosystems.

Grade 11

Students will learn about sustainable agriculture, habitat destruction and pesticide use.


Book a Tour!

To book a tour through the School Program, please contact Dorothy Stewart using one of the following methods:

Please have the following information ready when you phone:

  • Grade of students
  • The approximate number of students
  • School name, phone number and teacher’s email address
  • Possible dates¬†(check calendar below for availability)
  • Which curriculum you would like (for split grades)
  • When the students in your class last visited the Conservation Learning Centre
  • If you are planning to stay for lunch

If more than one class from your school is planning to visit the Conservation Learning Centre, please try to coordinate and work together to save on transportation costs.


Directions to the CLC

The Conservation Learning Centre is located 18 kilometres south of Prince Albert on highway #2.