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Saskatoon Public Schools
Inspiring Learning
Middle Years Program
Programming for middle years' students ranges from one-day excursions to a three-day, two-night experiences.  The Brightwater site and programming align with Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action, Best Place Education and Education for Sustainable Development. Learning is experiential in nature and supports subject areas from an inquiry stance while honouring Indigenous identity and modelling Indigenous Ways of Knowing and Being. Through Best Place educational practices and the three strands of Joseph Cornell’s “Flow Learning":
• Day 1 – Nature Immersion nature
• Day 2 – Nature Studies
• Day 3 – Giving Back and Environmental Work Projects

students take part in sensory awareness activities, investigate fascinating characteristics of plant and animal life, and carry out habitat enhancement and restoration projects. Individualized inquiry based programming are supported and optional schedule designs can be accommodated to personalize a Brightwater experience.
A Brightwater Planning Document has been developed to assist teachers in making curricular connections through the facilitated sessions offered through Brightwater experiences.

Brightwater Activities


​Nature Studies

Social Development​

Giving Back Activities​

Thematic Activities​

Terrestrial Ecosystems​ ​Preparing Meals Building Bird Feeders​ Star Gazing​
​Aquatic Ecosystems ​Dining Together ​Tree Planting Astronomy Presentation
​Ethno-botany ​Cabin Inspections ​Wildlife Gardens ​Night Hikes
​Traditional Knowledge ​Skits ​Native Grass/ Wild Flowers Planting ​Art and Crafts
​Nature Art ​Sing-a-longs ​Tree Protection ​Survival
​Recycling ​Story Telling ​Trail Maintenance ​Bird Watching
​Waste Reduction Cooperative Games ​Orienteering
​Soils ​Initiative Tasks
​Solar Energy Nature Photography

Additional Resources

Please see the Middle Years Teachers page for more information and resources.