Located east of Avonlea, on private land, the badlands are a result of glacial activity and erosion. The badlands expose sedimentary layers of dirt and rock that were once on the surface of this area during the later or near the end of the Cretaceous time period. This period of time existed around 71 million years ago, when the area was submerged under the waters of an inland sea. Although useless for grain farming the badlands are a great way to study different layers of the earth and explore different glacial formations.

The day will be spent walking into the badlands and observing some of the erosion and glacial formations from the top of the rift. The students will then have some time to explore the badlands to get a closer, more hands-on study of the area.

 Day of the Trip

Students should be on the bus and ready to leave the school by 9:15 in the morning if possible. A bus study will be required to be completed by the end of the field trip and handed in before departing from the bus. This may be used as part of the trip evaluation. A full day will be spent at the Avonlea badlands. Students and teachers will need to pack a healthy lunch with plenty of liquids. Details of what materials to bring will be discussed in the class visit. See below for Outdoor Field Trip Student Checklist. 

Curriculum Connections   Outcomes Indicators
Grade 7 Science EC7.2 Identify locations and processes used to extract Earth's geological resources and examine the impacts of those locations and processes on society and the environment B,C
    EC7.3 Investigate the characteristics and formations of the surface geology of Saskatchewan, including soil, and identify correlations between surface geology and past, present, and possible future land users A,E,F,G,G,H,I,J,K,L
  Phys Ed

PE7.9 Utilize selected movement skills and combinations of skills (i.e., locomotor, non-locomotor, and manipulative) to participate in a variety of:

Alternate environment activities

  Phys Ed PE7.14 Examine, evaluate, and represent both the historical and present impact of Canada's Northern people on the development of movement activity options as a means of supporting the well-being of self and others. C,D
Grade 8 Science WS8.2 Examine how wind, water, and ice have shaped and continue to shape the Canadian Landscape. A,F,G

Badlands Student Exploration Sheet49.5 KB
Badlands Student Exploration Sheet Answers48.5 KB
Badland Slide Show15.51 MB
Badlands Pre and Post Activities31 KB
Badlands Bus Study31.5 KB
Badlands Bus Study Answers54 KB
Outdoor Field Trip Student Checklist 76 KB
Badland Photo Scavenger Hunt 24.48 KB