Deep Lake Conservation Projects

The Saskatchewan Wildlife Federation (SWF) Habitat Trust Fund was established in 1978.  This fund has protected over 65,000 acres of habitat in Saskatchewan.  The SWF acquires land by purchasing from land owners and by individuals donating the land to the Habitat Trust Program.  These lands are open all year round to groups and individuals who would like to observe nature.

Deep Lake located south of Indian Head is one of the parcels of Habitat Trust Land owned by the Saskatchewan Wildlife Federation.  This area has an extensive variety of habitats including grassland, marsh, and 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.  Some of the possible conservation projects are:

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

Day of the Trip: The students should be ready to leave the school by 9:15 a.m. and will return by 3:15 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. 

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
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
  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 alternatre environment activities 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
Frog Files K-65.05 MB
Frog Files 7-123.81 MB
Deep Lake Conservation - Power Point7.26 MB
Deep Lake Grassland Plant List - Power Point15.28 KB
Deep Lake Invasive Species - Power Point1.05 MB
Property Watch Report Form Template - Deep Lake.docx72.45 KB
Deep Lake Student Plant List - Power Point2.23 MB
Outdoor Field Trip Student Checklist 76 KB
Deep Lake Bus Study26.5 KB