Tommy Douglas Collegiate's Off the Grid program is a half-day, full-year learning experience that takes students on an integrative learning adventure. This program is intended for Grade 9 students who are interested in such topics as climate change, social justice and youth empowerment to promote change in Saskatchewan communities. The program connects in-class learning with outdoor expeditions while we 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. This course 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 topics of complex systems that govern all life through a hands-on learning style.
Diverse Community Students taking part in Off the Grid are exposed to other similar-minded youth who are passionate about positively influencing our communities in Saskatoon and surrounding areas. Students meet some of Saskatchewan’s leading experts in the fields of environment and sustainability while getting the chance to share and teach the class about their own thoughts and values. Our school and local community inspire Off the Grid initiatives, making our program a link between education and practical application of important projects in our society.
Equipment Students will need suitable outdoor wear for all four seasons and access to a bicycle.
- Go on canoeing, hiking, tree planting and camping trips.
- Get hands-on learning experiences.
- Attend presentations from local experts and conferences.
- Publish environmental articles and podcasts.
- Gain a deeper understanding of climate/environmental justice.
- Run the Off the Grid Bike Shop.
- Arts 9
- English Language Arts 9A
- Science 9
- Social Studies 9
Off the Grid is open to current Grade 8 students entering Grade 9 in September 2023. Students must apply to be considered for the program.
or click on the green button to the right. The application is designed to find students who wish to push themselves both academically and physically to create and inspire positive environmental and social change in our community and in our building.