The Wild Outdoor Research Team (W.O.R.T.) consists of Grade 7 students from many different schools within the Regina Public School Division.
The team meets every 4-6 weeks for an outdoor experience, conservation project, or related activity.
What is W.O.R.T.?
W.O.R.T. is an unique program for Regina Public School's Grade 7 students, run by the Outdoor Environmental Education staff. Students who have an interest in outdoor experiences, environmental issues, and developing an understanding of the natural world comprise the team. Students apply at the end of their Grade 6 year by completing an application form indicating why they want to be in the program, what environmental issues concern them, and what they would like to do and learn in the outdoors.
The cost for the program is $100.00, which is used to cover the cost of transportation.
Goals of the W.O.R.T. program:
- foster a love for the outdoors by introducing students to a variety of outdoor activities
- develop a greater understanding of the natural world
- provide positive personal growth experience through outdoor leadership and team building
- create discussion on important environmental issues in Saskatchewan
How the program works.
The W.O.R.T. program consists of approximately 9 events (weather permitting) during the school year, held during the regular school day. Leadership and team building skills are woven into each of the events. Students will do two presentations to a class in their school regarding what they have learned and participated in. They also have one major project due during the year, where they research one of the locations they are going to visit and lead the group at that location, much like a park or historical interpreter might do.
Participation in this program requires:
- parents dropping off and picking up their child on the day of the activities
- the student and their parents to attend the information meeting at the beginning of the school year
- participation in the single fundraising event, proceeds going toward funding the end of year camping trip
- notifying an Outdoor Ed. staff member in the event of an absence
- students to keep up with school work missed as a result of attending W.O.R.T.
There are a variety of curricular based outdoor experiences that students will engage in during the year. Themes include conservation, outdoor skills, winter studies, and nature appreciation. Some past W.O.R.T. activities have been: map and compass activities, environmental clean-ups, geocaching, fish milking, ice fishing, snowshoeing, cross country skiing, biking, nature art, Geolog tour of the Qu'Appelle Valley, and canoeing. As well, each year the team goes on a multi-day camping trip.
2017/2018 marked the 20th year the Outdoor Environmental Education department has offered this program. Every year it is amazing to see the growth in these students, from our first outing where everyone is very quiet to a tight knit group of friends with amazing ideas and insights into the natural world.