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Detour: Spark Ideas, Shift Gears, Activate Change


Detour is an energizing, four-day urban experience where youth, ages 13-14, experiment with design, flex their creative problem solving ‘muscles’ and collaborate on an urban sustainability project.

Whether gaining the skills to safely navigate the city by foot and bike, or gathering locally grown ingredients preparing a meal together, Detour fosters a sense of independence and agency through a sequence of practical hands-on experiences. The program is co-facilitated by Shanon Dyck (BA, MES) of Green Edge Studio and Jana Miller (BED, MES) of Wildernook Fresh Air Learning and subsidized by ESSA (Environmental Studies Students Association).

Climate change, habitat loss, plastic pollution (and the list goes on!) can be overwhelming issues, which can cause individuals to experience a sense of stuckness- like the problems are too great for them to even try. Detour is designed to address this social paralysis, by providing:

  • a gathering place for youth who have a shared concern for the wellbeing of our planet.

  • a channel for making a positive contribution (read: DO SOMETHING and get unstuck)

  • a space for participants to actively develop environmental leadership skills such as creative design, critical thinking, collaboration, and landscape planning.

  • an opportunity to view the city of Saskatoon as an ever evolving landscape shaped by design and popular demand.

Each day will feature a different theme and set of locations. Participants can expect to be outdoors for at least half of the day and engaged in active transportation between locations. Drop off and pick-up locations (e.g. River Landing or University of Saskatchewan) will be communicated in the Parent and Participant Handbook.

Times: We will meet each morning between 8:45 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. , enjoy bagged lunch time together at noon and wrap up at 4:00p.m. each day. 

Cost: The program cost of $180.00* ($45.00/day) includes learning materials, mentorship from qualified outdoor and environmental educators and an insider look at examples of sustainable design in Saskatoon. Participants must provide their own lunch, snacks, bike, helmet and lock.

Requirements: Participants need to have or borrow a bike, lock, helmet and ran gear. This is an active program and participants should be. able to ride a bike and walk for 60 minutes.  

Registration: Thank-you for your patience. We will be accepting registrations shortly.

*Note the program cost is subsidized by a generous donation from ESSA (Environmental Education Students Association).

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