Blackstrap Outdoor Education Centre
The Blackstrap Outdoor/Environmental Education Centre is located 40 kilometres south of Saskatoon and includes half a kilometre along the east shore of Blackstrap Lake within the 37 acres of natural landscape owned by the Knights of Columbus. Since the program bega in 1990, it has strived to teach students the meaning of stewardship, in an effort to help them become more sensitive and curious and to further their understanding of the quantitative aspects of the environment.
The program at Blackstrap offers a variety of learning experiences for use by students from Kindergarten to Grade 5, with theme programs available throughout the year. The program also includes a Grade 6 to 12 overnight program in the spring and fall and a high school sailing program in the spring.
Ed and May Scissons Environmental Education Centre Program
The Ed and May Scissons Environmental Education Centre Program is located approximately 54 kilometres east of Saskatoon on a quarter-section, 160 acres, of natural prairie associated with the Eagle Creek coulee system. The land was bequeathed to the Saskatoon Catholic Schools Foundation by the Scissons family in honour of their parents, Ed and May Scissons, with the understanding the property would be used to teach children about nature. The Saskatoon Catholic School Environmental Education Department was enlisted to develop and present programs based on the study of prairie ecology and environmental issues. The centre serves as an oudoor classroom and is available for Grades 6 to 12 in day and overnight program formats.