Since school closures around the province last month, SWF staff have been hard at work developing fun outdoor education material for parents scrambling for activities to keep kids occupied and stimulated.
Rather than focusing on screens, SWF wants families taking this time to get to know their local fish and wildlife. “We know it’s difficult for busy, stressed-out parents to be informative and entertaining, and there is a lot of temptation to sit your kid down with a video game or TV,” says Shannon Anderson, Director of Education at the SWF, “But the quarantine doesn’t have to mean a ton of screen time.”
Now that the days are getting longer and the sun is shining, spending time in nature and connecting it to learning objectives is fantastic for kids. Being able to connect experiences in nature to learning objectives is the best way to instill the importance of protecting nature as well as get that hands-on learning experience you just can’t get inside. As a bonus, this can all take place away from crowds, making it a viable activity during social distancing
Want to takepart? Check out some of our new material below! And don’t forget to check in with our Fish in Schools live stream, every Friday at 11 on Facebook.
- Fisheries activity & colouring book
- Fish artwork contest
- FinS livestream (youtube)
- Classrooms in a box: Fish of Saskatchewan
- Classrooms in a box: Birds of Saskatchewan
- Backyard Biodiversity Challenge
- Merlin Nest Watch
More to come!