Jul
30
to Aug 3

Camp Wildernook: Wild Roots

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Wild Roots is a nature immersion program for young women (age 9-11) who are craving more time outdoors discovering the natural world and growing their nature knowledge and independence.

We begin our week by building our community and outdoor skillset in Saskatoon's biodiverse Gabriel Dumont Park. On the third day we head off on a boreal forest multi-day camp adventure. The Wild Roots program is a unique day camp/overnight camp hybrid designed to support participant growth and maximize confidence-building opportunities. 

Our outdoor experiential educators each bring years of experience facilitating wilderness trips in all seasons. Whether preparing food, setting up shelter, or building a fire, participants will benefit from the fun and encouraging community the instructors establish.  

What will the week look like? 

Monday and Tuesday will involve skill and team building in Saskatoon during the days (8:30 to 4:30 each day). From basic wilderness first aid to setting up shelters, the skill development and leadership opportunities begin on day one and the cool thing is participants will get to learn and practice their skills before using them in a camp setting.

Durinng our three day camp (Wednesday to Friday) participants will be developing their skills in the following areas:

  1. Setting up and securing camp
  2. Practicing 'Leave no Trace' camping.
  3. Small group canoe instruction,
  4. Exploration day hike  
  5. Nature study
  6. Small group meal preparation

Location: Monday will be based at Gabriel Dumont Park in the Buena Vista neighbourhood. Tuesday will be at a similar urban park (TBA) depending on our learning focus. Wednesday to Friday we will set up and live in a boreal forest base camp at Namekus Lake in Prince Albert National Park. We will provide transportation to the camp and back to Saskatoon  Detailed information about our different locations will be communicated in the information package. 

Cost: The program cost of $435.00 and $415 for SaskOutdoors members includes learning materials and any gear rental. Are you a newcomer to Canada? SaskOutdoors will cover the program cost for 2 newcomer girls to participate in this program. A newcomer is an immigrant or refugee who has been in Canada for a short time, approximately 2 years or less.

Requirements: Participants must provide their own rain gear, day pack, sleeping bag and inflatable sleeping pad. This is an active program and participants should be in good physical condition to enjoy themselves (e.g. able to comfortably run for 15 minutes and walk for 60 minutes at a time).  

Questions? You can email Jana Miller at jana@wildernook.com. 

Registrants will be sent an information package 2 weeks before the camp. 

 

 

 

Thanks. 

Wildernook and SaskOutdoors

Meet the Wild Roots Team

Jana Miller

Jana Miller, founder of Wildernook Fresh Air Learning will provide safe and knowledgeable outdoor instruction throughout the program. Jana is an experienced outdoor educator and playful nature enthusiast.

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Rebecca Basset from Back 40 Wilderness First Aid will lead hands-on first aid training. This will be useful for outdoor adventures and everyday life too! Rebecca enjoys climbing, kayaking, hiking and exploring nature with her two daughters.

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Sam Gunn from the renowned Outdoor School Program will share her expertise and help lead on the Boreal trip. With experience teaching and tripping in all seasons, Sam brings a wealth of outdoor leadership experience to the program. 

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Elizabeth Bekolay from Lichen Nature has been studying the natural world since birth. Nature is a place where she finds peace, healing, adventure and inspiration. Elizabeth's knowledge and skill at facilitating nature therapy and ecological literacy are a gift to our group.

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Jul
24
8:30 AM08:30

Introduction to Lakewater Canoeing

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During this practical hands on course, beginner paddlers will be introduced to paddling with a partner in sheltered calm waters. They will also learn basic land and water rescue techniques. Never been in a canoe before? No problem! This is the course for you. Paddle Canada Certified.

Learn the skills. 

Develop your confidence. 

Get out on the water where you belong! 

 

This course takes place on McGibbon Bay near La Ronge. Contact jana@wildernook.com for canoeing instruction near you. 

 

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May
1
to Jun 18

Nature Grandparenting - Tuesdays!

Nature Grandparenting

The Nature Grandparenting program is designed for grandparents to experience nature with their grandchild (3-5yrs old) in Saskatoon’s Gabriel Dumont Park. Many grandparents are in an ideal position to act as a nature mentor in the lives of their grandchildren. With practical ideas and age-appropriate activities shared each week, grandparents will have fun weaving a connection to nature into the special relationship they have with their grandchild. This program is hosted by SaskOutdoors and facilitated by Wildernook Fresh Air Learning.

Participants: Grandparent and grandchild (ages 3-5) pairs. Please e-mail Jana@wildernook.com if you have two grandchildren you would like to bring.

Location: Saskatoon’s Gabriel Dumont Park.

Dates: Tuesdays from May 1 - June 19 (8 sessions). June 26 is a weather make up day if needed.   

Times:  9:30 - 10:40 am. 

Location: Saskatoon's Gabriel Dumont Park. This program takes place outdoors. Participants will need to dress for the weather and should be comfortable being active outdoors for an hour. Public washrooms are available on site for use.          

Cost: The cost for SaskOutdoors Members is $90.00/pair and the cost for Non-Members is $110.00/pair for 8 sessions. 

Registration: For online registration and payment go to: SaskOutdoors

An information package will be sent out to registered participants before program start-up.

We look forward to discovering spring with you! 

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Apr
22
10:00 AM10:00

Good Morning Earth!

Let's surprise the Earth with kindness on Earth Day! 

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Wildernook will be offering a free morning experience designed for children age 2-5 and an adult parent or guardian. The theme behind this one hour Earth Day experience will be renewing our relationship with the Earth. 

Location: Gabriel Dumont Park, Saskatoon, SK (parking and washrooms available on site)

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., but you are certainly welcome to stay longer. 

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Feb
20
to Feb 23

Snowlandia: a winter week for young women

Snowlandia: a winter week for young women

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Leap on snowshoes, search for life under the snow, develop leadership skills and make outdoorsy friends. SaskOutdoors and Wildernook are teaming up to offer winter experiences  in a fresh way. 

Snowlandia is designed for young women ages 10 -12  who crave more outdoor time exploring and creating with friends.  It is an exciting opportunity for young women to be active outdoors during the winter break.

 

The Experience:   Each day will feature a different winter adventure in Gabriel Dumont Park and Holiday Park's Naturalized spaces.  The morning and afternoon learning experiences will focus on practical outdoor skills such as staying warm and dry, first aid, winter travel and building shelter. Although we will begin and end each day bundled up outdoors, participants can expect to spend a couple of cozy low-key, down-time hours indoors around noon eating, reading, crafting  and drying out our mitts! We will also practice a small act of giving back to nature and/or the neighbourhood community each day.  

Dates: Tues., February 20th - Fri., February 23rd.

Times: We will meet each morning between 8:30 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. , enjoy cozy indoor time together between 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. and wrap up between 4:00p.m - 4:30 p.m. each day. Families are welcome to contact jana@wildernook.com if they need to set up alternate pick-up or drop off arrangements.

Location: Tuesday and Wednesday will be based at Gabriel Dumont Park in the Buena Vista neighbourhood with the Queen's House Retreat and Renewal Centre as our midday lunch and and down-time spot. Thursday and Friday will be based at the former Sanitorium Grounds in the Holiday Park neighbourhood with Abbeyfield House as our midday lunch and and down-time spot. Both locations are selected for their biodiversity as well as access to washrooms and warm-up spaces.

Cost: The program cost of $240.00 ($60.00/day) includes learning materials and any gear rental. Participants must provide their own lunch. If cost is a barrier to participating in Snowlandia, please contact jana@wildernook.com to discuss other methods of supporting the program.

Requirements: Participants need to have warm snowpants, jacket, winter boots and a backpack to be comfortable outdoors. This is an active program and participants should be in good physical condition to enjoy themselves (e.g. able to comfortably run for 15 minutes and walk for 60 minutes).  

Registration: There is limited space available, so register soon at www.saskoutdoors.org.  Registration deadline is Monday, February 12th. 

Registration for Newcomer participants:  SaskOutdoors will cover the program cost for 2 Newcomer youth (from families who have moved to Canada within the past 5 years). Please help us get the word out to the Newcomer families you know! 

Registered participants will receive a detailed information package during the first week of February. 

Learn from Saskatoon's Experienced Outdoor Leaders

Rebecca Basset from Back 40 Wilderness First Aid will lead hands-on winter first aid training. This will be useful for outdoor adventures and everyday life too! Rebecca enjoys climbing, kayaking, hiking and exploring nature with her two daughters. 

Jana Miller from Wildernook Fresh Air Learning will kick off each morning's adventure and provide safe and knowledgeable outdoor instruction throughout the program. Jana is an experienced outdoor educator and playful winter enthusiast. 

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Sam Gunn from the renowned Outdoor School Program will share her expertise and lead several outdoor skill sessions with the Snowlandia crew. With experience teaching and tripping in all seasons, Sam brings a wealth of outdoor leadership experience to the program.  

 

When I was in grade 7, I asked my parents, “where are all the other girls who want to build forts?” I knew they were out there, but I didn’t have a way to find them.
— Jana Miller

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Sep
5
to Oct 10

Nature Grandparenting: Share your Autumn

Witness seasonal changes in nature with your grandchild this fall. 

Nature Grandparenting

The Nature Grandparenting program is designed for grandparents to experience nature with their 3-5 year old grandchild.  Many grandparents are in an ideal position to act as a nature mentor in the lives of their grandchildren. With practical ideas and age-appropriate activities shared each week, grandparents will have fun weaving a connection to nature into the special relationship they have with their grandchild. 

Participants will need to dress for the weather and should be comfortable being active outdoors for an hour.  Public washrooms are available on site for use. An information package will be sent out to  participants before program start-up.

This is program is hosted by SaskOutdoors and faciltated by Wildernook Fresh Air Learning.

Participants: Grandparent and grandchild (ages 3-5) pairs. Group size will be capped at 8 pairs to maintain a quality experience. 

Location: Saskatoon’s Gabriel Dumont Park

Dates:Tuesday Mornings, September 5th - October 10th 9:30 - 10:40 a.m. A potential second group would meet on the same day from 11:00 a.m. - 12:10 p.m.

Cost: SaskOutdoors Members: $65.00/pair       Non-Members: $80.00/pair.   

Registration: To register please head over to the registration page on the SaskOutdoors Website

An information package will be sent out to registered participants before program start-up.

We look forward to sharing autumn with you and your grandchild! 

Wildernook and SaskOutdoors

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Jun
21
9:00 AM09:00

National Aboriginal Day Celebrations

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Saskatoon Indian & Metis Friendship Centre is hosting their annual National Aboriginal Day celebrations in Victoria Park in Saskatoon SK on June 21, 2017. This year's theme is Reconciliation. This year there will be a Rock your Roots Reconciliation Walk incorporated to honour the Residential School Survivors and their families. Everyone is welcome to join the walk and the festivities!

Wildernook is excited to join SaskOutdoors in the children's area to offer fun children's activities. Stop by to participate or just say hi!

Here is the schedule of events for the day:

7:30 a.m.- Pipe ceremony and blessing of the land
9:30- Marshalling for the walk
10 a.m.- Rock Your Roots Reconciliation Walk begins
11:30- Grand Entry
12 p.m.- Dignitaire Speeches
12:30- Lunch (Bbq and snacks for the public and soup and bannock for the Elder's and Residential School Survivors)
12:30- 4 p.m.- Entertainment
4 p.m.- Wrap up

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May
23
2:30 PM14:30

Nature Grandparenting: Squirrel Frenzy

Wildernook

Wildernook Fresh Air Learning and the Native Plant Society of Sasktachewan will be co-hosting this themed Nature Grandparenting experience as part of the NatureCity Festival.  Grandparents with grandchildren (ages 3-5) are invited to participate in this free nature experience together.

The facilitation is designed to demonstrate ways grandparents can include role-play and sensory experiences in future nature explorations with their grandchild. Please bring a snack, water bottle and clothing to be outdoors for one hour. Public washrooms are on site.

The group size will be capped at 8 pairs. Please note that only registered pairs will be allowed to participate. Please reserve one spot per pair here https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/nature-grandparenting-squirrel-frenzy-tickets-34268317460

Find the Full NatureCity Festival schedule at http://wildaboutsaskatoon.org/festival-calendar

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May
9
to May 30

Nature Grandparenting 2

Nature Grandparenting
As the grandma I enjoyed the one-on-one time with my grandson and being out in nature. My grandchild seemed to enjoy everything. He always looked forward to going and after it was over he would ask to go to the program.
— Bev Poncelet and her grandson Cohen

Due to Popular Demand we've added a Second Session. 

This spring SaskOutdoors is offering a unique intergenerational nature program in Saskatoon. The Nature Grandparenting program is designed for grandparents to experience nature with their grandchild (3-5yrs old) in Saskatoon’s Gabriel Dumont Park. Many grandparents are in an ideal position to act as a nature mentor in the lives of their grandchildren. With practical ideas and age-appropriate activities shared each week, grandparents will have fun weaving a connection to nature into the special relationship they have with their grandchild. This program will be facilitated by Wildernook Fresh Air Learning. 

Participants will need to dress for the weather and should be comfortable being active outdoors for an hour.  Public washrooms are available on site for use. An information package will be sent out to  participants before program start-up.

Participants: Grandparent and grandchild (ages 3-5) pairs. Please e-mail Jana@wildernook.com if you have two grandchildren you would like to bring

Location: Saskatoon’s Gabriel Dumont Park

Dates: 11:10 a.m. - 12:10 a.m.,Tuesday Mornings, May 9th - 30th, 2017

Cost: $55.00/pair for 4 sessions or $45.00/pair for SaskOutdoors members.     

Registration: For online registration and payment go to:  http://saskoutdoors.org/event-calendar/post/nature-grandparenting-program-session-2-1110-am-1210-pm

An information package will be sent out to registered participants before program start-up.

We look forward to discovering spring with you! 

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May
9
to Jun 6

Nature Grandparenting with SaskOutdoors

Nature Grandparenting
As the grandma I enjoyed the one-on-one time with my grandson and being out in nature. My grandchild seemed to enjoy everything. He always looked forward to going and after it was over he would ask to go to the program.
— Bev Poncelet and her grandson Cohen

This Session is Full! Register for Second Session Now. 

This spring SaskOutdoors is offering a unique intergenerational nature program in Saskatoon. The Nature Grandparenting program is designed for grandparents to experience nature with their grandchild (3-5yrs old) in Saskatoon’s Gabriel Dumont Park. Many grandparents are in an ideal position to act as a nature mentor in the lives of their grandchildren. With practical ideas and age-appropriate activities shared each week, grandparents will have fun weaving a connection to nature into the special relationship they have with their grandchild. This program will be facilitated by Wildernook Fresh Air Learning. 

Participants will need to dress for the weather and should be comfortable being active outdoors for an hour.  Public washrooms are available on site for use. An information package will be sent out to  participants before program start-up.

Participants: Grandparent and grandchild (ages 3-5) pairs. Please e-mail Jana@wildernook.com if you have two grandchildren you would like to bring

Location: Saskatoon’s Gabriel Dumont Park

Dates: 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.,Tuesday Mornings, May 9th - 30th, 2017

This session is full, register for second session now. 

Cost: $55.00/pair for 4 sessions or $45.00/pair for SaskOutdoors members.     

Registration: For online registration and payment go to:  http://saskoutdoors.org/event-calendar/post/nature-grandparenting-program-session-2-1110-am-1210-pm

An information package will be sent out to registered participants before program start-up.

We look forward to discovering spring with you! 

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Apr
23
8:30 AM08:30

Earth Day Fun Run for the Saskatchewan Environmental Society

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Join us for the 1st Annual Earth Day Fun Run in support of the Saskatchewan Environmental Society!

WHEN: Sunday, April 23rd 9am-12pm
(Arrival and registration starts at 8:30am. The event will include post-race yoga, music, and food!)

WHERE: Gabriel Dumont Park, Saskatoon
(Registration will take place in the field to the left of the parking lot, near the playground. Please note that parking in the Gabriel Dumont parking lot is limited. If driving, you may want to park on Saskatchewan Crescent and walk into the park.)

COST: $30 Early-Bird / $40 Day-Of

What’s a fun run? It’s an all-fun, community-building running/walking event for people of all ages. The purpose of the run is to support the great work of the Saskatchewan Environmental Society, meet new people, and have fun!

The fun run will take place in Gabriel Dumont Park and showcase some of the best parts of the Meewasin Trails and surrounding areas. The event will include post-race yoga, music, and food!

We are asking participants to raise pledges during the lead up to the run. There will be prizes and recognition for the most pledges raised by an individual and team or group.

This is a waste-free event. Don’t forget your refillable water bottle! 

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Apr
22
10:00 AM10:00

Good Morning Earth! Prepare to be Spoiled!

Let's surprise the Earth with kindness on Earth Day! 

Wildernook will be offering a free morning experience designed for children age 2-5 and an adult parent or guardian. The theme behind this one hour Earth Day experience will be giving back to the Earth by offering a helping hand to the local species. 

Location: Gabriel Dumont Park, Saskatoon, SK (parking and washrooms available on site)

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., but you are certainly welcome to stay longer. 

Please register on eventbrite. 

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