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Tommy Douglas Collegiate
Inspiring Learning
Off the Grid

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​About 

​​Off the Grid is a half-day, full-year program for Grade 9 students that takes them on an integrative learning adventure. It is for students who are interested in topics such as climate change, social justice and youth empowerment. The program connects in-class learning with outdoor expeditions while students canoe, hike, ski, bike and bus around Saskatoon and the province to explore what Saskatchewan has to offer. Students connect with local farmers, beekeepers, university professors and environmental organizations to better understand the challenges we face and the resources available to us to initiate meaningful environmental change. The program appeals to students who are looking to challenge themselves, make new friends and enjoy experiencing life outside the box as they gain insight into the complex systems that govern our world through a hands-on learning style.

Highlights

  • ​Get hands-on learning experiences with overnight canoeing, camping and tree planting trips around Saskatchewan. 
  • Learn to be a beekeeper by taking care of the school's beehives and collecting and selling honey. 
  • Learn with like-minded youth who are passionate about positively influencing our communities in and around Saskatoon.
  • Meet some of Saskatchewan's leading experts in the field of environmental sustainability and get the chance to share your thoughts and values with the class.
  • Gain a deeper understanding of climate and environmental justice.​
  • Publish environmental articles and podcasts.​
  • Attend local presentations and conferences.​
  • Run the Off the Grid Bike Shop.

Equipment

Students need suitable outdoor wear for all four seasons and access to a bicycle.

Credits

  • Arts 9
  • English Language Arts 9A 
  • Science 9
  • Social Studies 9

Open House

Join us at our open house on Tuesday, February 13, 2024, at 7 p.m.​​ The open house will be virtual. For a meeting invite, please contact Michael Prebble at prebblem@spsd.sk.ca.​

Apply

To apply, click here​.

The application deadline is Monday, March 4, 2024.

Contact

For questions, please contact Michael Prebble at prebblem@spsd.sk.ca.