Wetland Walkabout

Explore and compare three different wetland areas. Get your dipping equipment and binoculars ready to explore each of these wetland habitats.

The first part of the day will be spent at the edge of Buffalo Pound Lake near the water control structure that lets water into the Qu'Appelle River. We will explore the animal life of the area and discuss the purpose of the control structure. It is common to observe pelicans feeding near the control structure as the fish are pushed through into the river. If the students approach quietly, they have a good chance of observing the pelicans in action.

Along the shore of Buffalo Pound Lake our studies will focus on the food of the predatory fish found in the lake. We will try to capture and observe various types of bait fish as well as crayfish. A seine net will be used to capture the bait fish.

Seine net - Seine nets are weighted at the bottom with counteracting floats at the top resulting in a net wall within the water. The net is dragged through the shallow part of the lake near the shore and the resulting catch will be put into a container for the students to observe and identify. The seine is one of the main tools applied in fishery management.

Nicolle Flats Marsh is a very unique and diverse marsh. We will discuss how Ducks Unlimited manages the marsh, and some of the interesting dynamics of a marsh. Students will be shown a number of different emergent marsh plants. They will then head out on a scavenger hunt on the boardwalk to see how many different species they can identify. While on the boardwalk students will have time to try and capture and observe as many different aquatic invertebrates as possible.

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 Nicolle Flats. 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 4 Science HC4.1 Investigate the interdependance of plants and animals, including humans, within habitats and communities A,D,F,K
  Science HC4.2 Analyze the structures and behaviors of plants and animals that enable them to exist in various habitats A,B,C,D,G
  Phys Ed PE4.10 Apply tactics, strategies and rules necessary for safe and inclusive involvement in movement activities, including but not limited to co-operative and competitive lead-up games as well as alternate environment activities, when alone and with others. A,B,D,E,F,G,I
  Phys Ed PE4.11 Incorporate safe practises (e.g., warm-up, cool-down, safe stretching, protective responses, proper attire, well-maintained equipment) for the prevention of injury and investigate basic first aid associated with care of illness and injury resulting from participation in movement activities both in and out of physical education class. A,B,G
Grade 5 Phys Ed PE5.9 Make decisions about how to prevent and care for common movement activity-related discomforts and injuries (e.g., stiffness, nose bleeds, and sprains) C
Grade 6 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 behaviors while participating in a variety of:

alternative environment activities

  Phys Ed PE6.13 Analyze and apply safety guidelines and rules that apply to the target games, invasion/territorial games, and alternate environment activities to develop an appreciation of their impact on self and others. D
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,B,C