Fairy Hill Conservation Projects

The Nature Conservancy of Canada has acquired a beautiful piece of land just north of Regina, on Highway # 6,  in the Qu'Appelle Valley.  The Regina Public Schools Outdoor Environmental Education Department has been approved to use this piece of land for outdoor field trip experiences.

This area has an extensive variety of habitats including undisturbed grassland, marsh, and beaver pond areas coupled with woodland with mature tree growth surrounded by transition zones of scrub and small brush.

The day will be spent experiencing the variety of ecosystems and participating in a variety of studies that may include: plant counts, native species conservation activities, and flora and fauna identification and observation opportunities.

Day of the Trip: The students should be ready to leave the school by 9:15 a.m. and will return by 3:20 p.m. All activities are outdoors so students need to be prepared with proper clothing, footwear, a nutritious lunch, snacks, and adequate water.

More details will be covered during the class visit. See below for Outdoor Field Trip Student Checklist.

Fairy Hill, Saskatchewan (Photo by Cherie Westmoreland)

Fairy Hill, Saskatchewan (Photo by Cherie Westmoreland)

A vista of beauty

Fairy Hill is just a 20-minute drive north from Regina. This expanse of native grasslands, woodlands, river and flood plains continues as home for aquatic and terrestrial species and a haven for visitors wishing to enjoy this area.

Conserving this area is significant

NCC's conservation work here means this area will be managed in its natural state. These 1,300 acres (540 hectares) of valleys, hillside and bottomland are protected forever through our purchase of the property from its conservation-minded landowner, Dorothy Schuurmans.

Gaillardia (Photo by Shaylee Booty, Sebastian Fallen Feather Photography)

Gaillardia (Photo by Shaylee Booty, Sebastian Fallen Feather Photography)

Notable species

Rare species found at Fairy Hill include loggerhead shrike, northern leopard frog, bigmouth buffalo fish and Sprague's pipit. This area is also well-used as a staging area for ducks and geese and a stopover for many and varied shorebird species.

Partners

There are proud partners involved in this project. Various private and individual contributors have dedicated funds toward the purchase of this property. Environment Canada, through its Natural Areas Conservation Program, and the Province of Saskatchewan, through its Fish and Wildlife Development Fund, have also substantially contributed to this purchase.

"Core to this purchase — and other Nature Conservancy of Canada land purchases like this — is our strength of partnership and our ability to work together for greater good, conserving the ecological significance of these lands," says Carmen Leibel, regional vice president in the Saskatchewan Region of the Nature Conservancy of Canada.

Want to get involved?

Regina Public Schools students also have the opportunity to participate in a number of land stewardship activities while exploring the Fairy Hill field trip site.  Activities may be modified to fit different grade levels.  The Nature Conservancy would love to have biological data from the site that has been collected by students.  This data will become part of the information used to create a management plan for the site.

Some possible projects are:

  • Range Health, Forest Health, Wetland Health, Riparian Health
  • Burdock removal / monitoring
  • Noxious weed surveys / monitoring
  • Northern Leopard Frog surveys
  • Dipping netting inventory
  • Bio-inventories (flora & fauna)
  • Detailed Species At Risk sightings
  • Debris / Garbage removal

 

Curriculum Connections   Outcomes Indicators
Grade 5 Science HB5.1 Analyze personal and societal requirements for, and the impact of, maintaining a healthy human body J
  Health USC5.7 Assess the importance of self-regulation and taking responsibility for one’s actions G, I
  Phys Ed PE5.7 Refine, alone and with others, selected movement skills, tactics, and strategies while participating in:


  • small-sided and lead-up net/wall games (e.g., badminton, tennis, table tennis, one bounce, three-on-three volleyball, pickleball, paddle ball)

and critically reflect on chosen movement skills, tactics, and strategies used in:


  • small-sided and lead-up target games (e.g., bowling, curling, golf, bocce ball, archery)
  • small sided and lead-up striking/fielding games (e.g., long ball, softball, kickball, cricket)
  • small-sided and lead-up invasion/territorial games (e.g., two-on-two, three-on-three games using skills from games such as soccer, basketball, and soft lacrosse)
  • small-sided and lead-up alternate environment activities and games (e.g., hiking, aquatics, orienteering, skating, roping, tobogganing, cross-country skiing, downhill skiing, tracking, cycling, wall climbing, paddling)

H
Grade 6 Science DL6.1 Recognize, describe, and appreciate the diversity of living things in local and other ecosystems, and explore related careers B,C,D
    DL6.3 Analyze the characteristics and behaviours of vertebrates (i.e., mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and fish) and invertebrates A
    DL6.4 Examine and describe structures and behaviours that help:


  • individual living organisms survive in their environments in the short term
  • species of living organisms adapt to their environments in the long term
B,C,D,F
  Social Studies DR6.1 Analyze the impact of the diversity of natural environments on the ways of life in Canada and a selection of countries bordering the Atlantic Ocean A
  Phys Ed PE6.10 Apply controlled use of selected movement skills and variations (i.e., locomotor, non-locomotor, and manipulative skills) as well as safe and environmentally friendly behaviours while participating in a variety of D,E,F
Grade 7 Science IE7.2 Observe, illustrate, and analyze living organisms within local ecosystems as part of interconnected food webs, populations, and communities B,D,I
    IE7.4 Analyze how ecosystems change in response to natural and human influences, and propose actions to reduce the impact of human behaviour on a specific ecosystem F,G
  Social Studies DR7.2 Appraise the impact of human habitation on the natural environment in Canada, and in a selection of Pacific Rim and northern circumpolar countries B
Grade 8 Science WS8.1 Analyze the impact of natural and human-induced changes to the characteristics and distribution of water in local, regional, and national ecosystems A,F
    WS8.2 Examine how wind, water, and ice have shaped and continue to shape the Canadian landscape A,D
    WS8.3 Analyze natural factors and human practices that affect productivity and species distribution in marine and fresh water environments B,C
  Social Studies RW8.3 Critique the approaches of Canada and Canadians to environmental stewardship and sustainability A,B
  Health USC8.1 Analyze and establish effective strategies of support for purposes of helping others increase health-enhancing behaviours B,G
    USC8.6 Examine and assess the concept of sustainability from many perspectives, and develop an understanding of its implications for the well-being of self, others, and the environment B,C,D,E,G,H,J,K
  Phys Ed PE.8.8 Apply and adapt selected activity-related skills (e.g., carrying, paddling, gripping, hanging, wheeling, digging, fire building, snow ploughing, compass reading) and strategies required for participation in alternate environment activities (e.g., backpacking, hiking, cycling, overnight camping, canoeing, snowshoeing, wall climbing, in-line skating, skate boarding, cross-country skiing, tracking, roping, dog sledding, skating, orienteering, downhill skiing, tobogganing, Quincy building) A,C,F,I
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Fairy Hill Invasive Species1.05 MB
Fairy Hill Student Plant List1.82 MB
Fairy Hill Class Visit6.79 MB
Frog Files K-65.05 MB
Frog Files 7-123.81 MB
Fairy Hill Ecological Inventory Sheet13.27 KB
Outdoor Field Trip Student Checklist 75 KB