Turtle Island Conservation & Healing Forest Programs
Turtle Island Conservation Program
DATES AND TIMES: We are booking our “Turtle Island Conservation” program now. Guided tours take a full 3 hours. Please check with your bus company about loading and driving times, as you will want to be prompt in order not miss a moment of this program. Please call 780-921-2272 to discuss your tour itinerary.
COST AND CONFIRMATION:The cost is $50.00 (plus GST). Teachers, teacher’s aids and our required ratio of parent helpers (1 adult per 5 students) are Free. Additional parents and siblings are $50.00 per person (plus GST) (Toddlers under 2 are free –with min booking fee of $200.00). School-wide rates available for 500 students plus.
Recommended for: Grades 2-12. University or other teaching programs can also be accommodated. This is an active program as we will walk through the forest trails and the surrounding farm land! We can modify the program to be age-appropriate. For more details see below:
3-hour Interpretive Program - The objectives of our Turtle Island Conservation program:
1) To foster respect for self, community, Mother Earth, and the Creator
2) To recognize and share natural landscapes valued by First Nation communities
3) To integrate traditional ways of knowing with western science to monitor, protect, respect natural landscapes
4) To integrate language, art and crafts to sustain traditional ways of knowing and among non-Aboriginals
5) To facilitate understanding of diversity of First Nation culture and ways of knowing among non-Aboriginals.
As part of the program, the youth will have numerous hands-on immersive learning opportunities to learn about the Medicine Wheel, and the teachings shared by Knowledge Keeper, Elder Bill Bertschy (Prairie Gardens' Resident Elder). For more information about this program, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Our Turtle Island Conservation Programs take place at our National Healing Forest. The forest has outdoor gathering places for ceremony, reflection, meditation, and prayers. As a Knowledge Keeper and Sweat Lodge Elder, Chief Standing Bear has masterfully carved harmonious walking trails through this old-growth parkland boreal forest of Spruce, Trembling Aspen, Balsam Poplar, Highbush Cranberries, Wild Raspberries, Willows, Wild Roses, Hazelnut, Chokecherries and Saskatoons, all indigenous plants of Alberta.
There are many wildlife trails that criss-cross this island of a forest, surrounded by farmlands, Resident moose, deer, coyotes and fox, and forest Spirit Animals make their home in the forest include the occasional beaver or black bear, and the eagle and raven, that fly overhead or nest in the tree tops.
Earth Walks Program
DATES AND TIMES: We are booking our “Earth Walks” program now. Guided tours take 1.5 hours. Please check with your bus company about loading and driving times, as you will want to be prompt in order not miss a moment of this program. Please call 780-921-2272 to discuss your tour itinerary.
COST AND CONFIRMATION:The cost is $25.00 (plus GST). Teachers, teacher’s aids and our required ratio of parent helpers (1 adult per 5 students) are Free. Additional parents and siblings are $25.00 per person (plus GST) (Toddlers under 2 are free –with min booking fee of $200.00). Includes a take-home seedling to be planted at home.
1.5 Hour Interpretive Program. Our Earthwalks Program has the following objectives:
- Help participants deepen their feelings for the natural world, in particular: joy, kinship, reverence, and love
- Promote the discovery of micro-marvels, underfoot worlds, and hidden natural wonders
- Help repair the relationship between people and nature
- Emphasize the five senses and use of the senses to connect with the natural world
Our Earthwalk Program is built on the concept of structured fun, not unstructured play! Earthwalks are not frivolous but carefully guided.
Over the course of our Earthwalks Program, children will learn how to:
- Identify reasons why trees and forests are valued.
- Describe the kinds of organisms found living on, under and among trees
- Recognize the difference between deciduous and coniferous trees
- Identify general characteristics of at least four trees found in a boreal forest
- Identify how humans have used forests from a settler and indigenous perspective
- Identify how human actions, such as the creation of Healing Forests, can enhance or threaten the existence of forests
WHAT IF IT RAINS OR SNOWS? Dress for the outdoors! The forest is sheltered. Tipis and Geo Domes are also available and can be used for tipi teachings and hands-on activities.