Nature Grandparenting

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This fall, SaskOutdoors is offering a unique intergenerational nature program in Saskatoon. The Nature Grandparenting program is designed for grandparents to experience nature with their grandchild (three- to five-years old) in Saskatoon’s Gabriel Dumont Park.

The event is being held on Wednesday mornings between Sept. 21 to Oct. 26, with two start times: 9:15 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.

Many grandparents are in a unique 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 Jana Miller, former Ecoquest teacher.

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. An information package will be sent out to registered participants in early September.

The event costs $95.00/pair for six six weeks ($16.00/week). The registration deadline is Sept. 14. Those who sign up are asked to review SaskOutdoors’ cancellation policy.

For more information, email info@saskoutdoors.org.

Helping to get girls and women ‘On the Move’

Check out the newly released On the Move handbook a valuable resource for individuals and organizations concerned with increasing girls’ and young women’s participation or with gender equity.

In the On the Move Handbook you will find:

  • Success stories from across the country;
  • Discussion about the social barriers girls and young women face in their participation“Stats & Facts” about the importance of sport and physical activity to the health and well-being of girls and young women;
  • Programming tips and suggestions based on 10 years of On the Move experience; and
  • Lists of supportive On the Move Network contacts, organizations, resources, and research.

Check out the On the Move Handbook

On the Move is a national initiative of the Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women and Sport and Physical Activity designed to increase the opportunities for inactive girls and young women (ages 9-18) to participate and lead in sport and physical activity.

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Volunteers needed for flowering rush removal, Aug. 15-17

The Native Plant Society of Saskatchewan (NPSS) is looking for a lot of volunteers from Aug. 15-17 to help it pull flowering rush from the only known wetland in Saskatchewan near Watrous, in the hope of eradicating it and saving Saskatchewan from yet another invasive species.

The work will begin at 10 a.m. each day and volunteers will meet at the intersection of AC Leslie road (watch for small green sign on the roadside) and Highway 2. The intersection is roughly halfway between Young and Watrous. Volunteers are encouraged to bring a hat, rubber boots or waders, water, sunscreen and a lunch and snacks.

If you’re interested, please email Chet at info@npss.sk.ca to register. Danielle Levesque will be the on-site NPSS contact and can be reached at (306) 717-5443.

Elbow Trail construction underway

IMG_1440Construction of the recreational trail system for the Village of Elbow and the Elbow Harbour Recreation Site is underway.

This proposed trail system will provide the people of Elbow and its surrounding communities, as well as visitors to Lake Diefenbaker, with an excellent natural surface, environmentally-friendly trail system that is safe for beginner and intermediate hikers, cyclists, cross-country skiers and snowshoe trail users.

This trail will also provide a valuable link to the Trans Canada Trail (TCT), providing additional kilometers of scenic trails for TCT users to enjoy year round, bringing the TCT closer to achieving its goal of completing Saskatchewan’s portion of the trail system by 2017.

Thanks to STA Board Member Natalie Letts for the photo!

August Trail of the Month – Moose Mountain ATV trail

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Each month from May to September, the STA is promoting a trail in a different part of the province to encourage people to explore nature and be physically active.

ATV enthusiasts in Saskatchewan now have the opportunity to take a scenic journey in the beautiful Moose Mountain Provincial Park. On July 15, 2016, the Ministry of Parks, Culture nd Sport officially opened the Moose Mountain ATV trail.

Located in the back country of Moose Mountain, the ATV trail makes use of some of the snowmobile trails. Moose Untitled2=3Mountain is an island of birch and aspen nestled in the southeast corner of the province, and ATVers will have the opportunity to pass through beautiful stands of aspen, birch, green ash and Manitoba Maple trees that characterize this unique southern Saskatchewan forest. There are plenty of scenic viewpoints and opportunities for wildlife viewing.

Park officials worked closely with the Saskatchewan All-Terrain Vehicle Association to develop the ATV trail. The Government of Saskatchewan contributed $125,000 to the project, which was matched by the National Trails Coalition for a total investment of $250,000.

ATV enthusiasts are welcome to enjoy the designated trails from June 15 to the end of Labor Day weekend, weather permitting. It’s a great way for the entire family to share an outdoor experience. Trails will be closed when raining or following a substantial rainfall in order to minimize ecological damage. Park updates can be found at http://www.saskparks.net.

Anyone who plans to make use of the ATV trails at Moose Mountain needs to stop by the park office before heading to the trails.  At the park office, riders can pick up their no-charge permit and information package, which includes a map of the trails and details on rider responsibilities. All ATV riders must trailer their unit to the trailhead and unload it there.

ATVers must follow the proper safety practices before off-roading, such as: becoming properly educated, selecting an age-appropriate vehicle, wearing the proper safety gear and driving safely.

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