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Let’s Talk Outdoors
35 minutes | Mar 12, 2022
Forest Schools and Outdoor Learning with Jennifer Mason
Join Leah and Mike as they talk to Jen Mason about Forest Schools, child led learning, play, and the Child and Nature Alliance of Canada. Jen shares what led her to becoming an outdoor educator and her philosophy of play and learning.
39 minutes | Jan 30, 2022
One School One Farm with Elizabeth Bekolay
Elizabeth Bekolay is the founder of One School One Farm Shelterbelt project. Her background is in biology and ecology and she specializes in outdoor education of all kinds. She works as an interpreter at the Brightwater Science, Environmental and Indigenous Learning Centre and has her hand in a plethora in environmental initiatives in Saskatchewan. For more information about the One School One Farm Shelterbelt project, please visit their website www.oneschoolonefarm.com or email Elizabeth at email@example.com. Note: There were a few audio glitches during this episode that affect the quality, but bear with us, the learning is worth it!
43 minutes | Jan 12, 2022
Little Red River Park, Wildernook & Winter Adventures with Claire Miller
Mike and Leah connect with Claire Miller from Wildernook, as she shares with us why we all should visit Little Red River Park in Prince Albert. She also talks about the North East Swale in Saskatoon, and how we can connect with and take care of these areas. We also get a glimpse into Wildernook and why we should celebrate and enjoy winter rather than hibernate away from it. Claire shares ideas for integrating education in the outdoors as well as why it's a great location to visit. Learn more about Claire's work at: https://www.wildernook.com/ https://www.facebook.com/wildernook/ https://www.instagram.com/wildernook/ https://punchbuggyexpress.com/ Find more information about Little Red River Park here: https://www.citypa.ca/en/parks-recreation-and-culture/little-red-river-park.aspx The park includes 1200 acres of natural area is located north of the North Saskatchewan River. Little Red River Park is known for it's beauty and serenity, while still within the city limits. The park is open year round and provides trails for bikers, hikers and skiers, depending on the season. There are two areas, the Lower Plains on the banks of the Spruce River and the Upper Plains. Both have great trails, flowers and an incredible ecosystem including Jack Pine forest and boreal plains.
43 minutes | Aug 6, 2021
Joyce Belcher on Connecting to Nature
Joyce Belcher is a biologist, life coach, and writing teacher. She has spent a good portion of her life being inspired by “big skies, intact prairie grasslands and forest trails.” Join Heather and Derek as they chat about Joyce’s time in the prairies and her way of connecting to nature. If you'd like to connect with Joyce and learn more about her work, check out her website: https://www.joycebelcher.com/
39 minutes | Jul 29, 2021
Raea Gooding on hiking, canoeing, and getting outside
Leah and Mike caught up with Canadian Wildlife Federation's Wild Outside Youth Leadership Specialist, Raea Gooding, for this special summer episode. Join the conversation as Raea talks about environmental youth programming in Saskatoon and Saskatchewan while giving tips and helpful hints on where to hike and how to prepare for your next solo trek or group adventure in the outdoors. If you love paddling and enjoy listening to music, Raea just might have the perfect recommendation for a white water rapids music festival you need to put on your 2022 bucket list! If you are a youth, or if you have a youth interested in joining the Wild Outside Youth Leadership Program with Raea, check out her facebook page Connect with Raea online via Instagram Learn more about the WILD Outside program from the Canadian Wildlife Federation
41 minutes | Jul 24, 2021
A Conversation with Dr. Janet McVittie
Dr. Janet McVittie is a recently retired Assistant Professor at the University of Saskatchewan and a 2021 Bernie Melanson Award Winner for lifetime achievement in education. Join us as we discuss place-based education, Janet’s work with pre-service teachers, and Janet’s thoughts about what would make the world a better place.
21 minutes | Jun 26, 2021
Bonus Episode: Our Favourite Saskatchewan Parks
June is the Saskatchewan Parks and Recreation Association's Parks and Rec Month. To celebrate outdoor enjoyment in our province, we asked our board and staff about their favourite memories from Saskatchewan parks. Younger family members got involved too and the result is a four season celebration of recreation in Saskatchewan. This special bonus episode contains stories about hiking, skiing, school trips, hidden fishing camps, and unicorns (!). We also talk about some of the outdoor mistakes we have made, proving that the best memories weren't always the smoothest in the moment.
58 minutes | Apr 23, 2021
Paddling Northern Saskatchewan with Ric Driediger
Today Heather & Mike chat with Ric Driediger. Ric is a canoe enthusiast who is an expert of the Churchill River. He is the owner and operator of Churchill River Canoe Outfitters, where paddlers from all around North America travel out of their way to tell stories around Ric’s campfire. Ric recently released a book: “Paddling Northern Saskatchewan: A Guide to 80 Canoe Routes.” In this episode, we’re talking paddling, relationships, and why Kraft Dinner is not the ideal choice for your next long adventure. Find out more about Ric at https://www.churchillrivercanoe.com/
60 minutes | Apr 9, 2021
48 Days Alone with Michelle Wohlberg
Heather and Derek join Saskatchewanian Michelle Wohlberg to talk about her experience as a contestant on season 6 of History Channel's, Alone. She shares her experience spending 48 days alone in the bush in the sub arctic. We dig into what it's really like to be alone that long, skills to survive, and the difference between what actually happened, and what ends up on TV, and how to get started getting outside. Connect with Michelle on Instagram @michelleannewohlberg
56 minutes | Mar 25, 2021
Trip Preparedness with Rebecca Bassett
Join Leah and Derek as they chat with Rebecca Basset from Back40 Wilderness First Aid. We chat about advice for taking your family out adventuring, leading groups of students, and going out with friends. Gear and first aid ideas, along with lots of actionable advice on how to make sure you're prepared for what might come your way. Connect with Rebecca online: https://www.back40training.com/ https://www.instagram.com/back40training/ https://www.facebook.com/back40training
52 minutes | Mar 11, 2021
The Saskatchewan Bucket List with Robin & Arlene Karpan
If you have ever been to a bookstore in Saskatchewan, you have probably seen the travel books written by writers Robin and Arlene Karpan. They are the award-winning writers behind The Great Saskatchewan Bucket List. In this episode, Robin and Arlene talk about their lifelong work as travel writers, photographers, and book publishers, while focusing on their own Saskatchewan adventures and their love for the Athabasca Sand Dunes.
45 minutes | Feb 25, 2021
Pandemic Land-Based Learning & Dog Sledding with Garrick Schmidt
Join Leah & Derek as they chat with Land-Based Learning teacher and new musher Garrick Schmidt about what it's like running land-based programming during the pandemic. Garrick also shares advice about getting started, and talks about his experiences running dogs and how he got started with dog sledding!
41 minutes | Dec 3, 2020
Winter Adventures & World Travels with Ashlyn George
Ashlyn George is the award-winning adventurer and writer behind The Lost Girl's Guide to Finding the World blog. She is the go-to travel expert in Saskatchewan but is no stranger to trips abroad. Having travelled solo through more than 60 countries on all 7 continents, she's a passionate storyteller in pursuit of excitement, learning and discovery. When not on the road, you can find her adventuring in own her backyard as well as online @thelostgirlsguide. Join Heather and Mike as they talk about Ashlyn’s world travels, what brought her back to SK, and what kind of activities she recommends for this winter.
62 minutes | Nov 26, 2020
Land-Based Learning with Kevin Lewis
Leah & Derek sit down with Kevin Lewis about Land-Based Learning, stories from the boreal forest, making birch bark canoes, connections between Cree language and the land, and where and how you might look to get started for yourself. Kevin is both knowledgeable and entertaining as he weaves together teachings and stories in this episode. Check out some resources Kevin recommends in the episode for more information on Land-Based Learning: https://kaniyasihkculturecamps.com https://www.instagram.com/kaniyasihkculturecamps/ https://www.wicihowin.ca https://indigenouslanguage.ca https://www.ikwc.org https://sicc.sk.ca http://www.otc.ca
46 minutes | Nov 12, 2020
Getting Families Outdoors with Jeff Moore
Heather and Derek catch up with Jeff Moore. Because of his own nature-immersed childhood, Jeff has a lot of recommendations for parents and families about getting outdoors and fostering a love for nature. Join us for ideas for getting started with getting outdoors, and some great words of wisdom from Jeff for all parents.
53 minutes | Oct 22, 2020
Leave No Trace with Andrea Nelson
Derek & Leah chat with Andrea Nelson about the Leave No Trace Seven Principles: Plan Ahead and Prepare Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces Dispose of Waste Properly Leave What You Find Minimize Campfire Impacts Respect Wildlife Be Considerate of Other Visitors Resources: https://www.leavenotrace.ca/home https://www.adventuresmart.ca/
46 minutes | Oct 1, 2020
Outdoor Learning with Chris Clark
This week Heather and Derek sit down to chat with Chris Clark to talk about Outdoor Learning. Join us for a discussion about about research and how Outdoor Learning is different from Outdoor Ed, discussions on some barriers, and ultimately some great ideas for roads in to getting started with Outdoor Learning in your own classroom. Learn more about Chris here: https://engagedstudent.weebly.com/outdoor-learning
37 minutes | Sep 10, 2020
Citizen Science & Conservation with Kenton Lysak
Kenton Lysak’s enthusiasm and passion for our beautiful province is infectious. Join Mike, Leah, and Kenton in their conversation about citizen science, environmentalism, conservation, and everything outdoors in Saskatchewan - and mainly the Saskatoon area. Find out more about Kenton here: Nature City Festival
36 minutes | Aug 20, 2020
Paddling Canmore to Missinipe with Zev Heuer
Most 15 year-olds may not have much to boast about when they discuss how they spent their time when schools closed early due to COVID. Zev Heuer, however, has quite the story to tell. Mike and Heather chat with Zev about his childhood adventures across Canada in a canoe and end with a discussion about his most recent two-month canoe trip from Canmore, Alberta to Missinipe, Saskatchewan.
55 minutes | Aug 15, 2020
Outdoor Education Panel Discussion
COVID-19 has been an unsettling experience for everyone and it continues to be so as we enter Fall 2020. Outdoor learning has been touted by the Saskatchewan Government as one way to reduce the risks of a return to school. How can teachers incorporate outdoor learning into their classes? A panel of Saskatchewan educators discuss their experiences in Outdoor Ed to answer our questions.
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