While an Ontario private member’s motion is calling for more agricultural education in the classroom, the Saskatchewan Prairie Conservation Action Plan (SK PCAP) has already developed a program to encourage high school students to experience curriculum-supported scientific learning outdoors.

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Students collect data out on the range for their Adopt a Rancher case study project.

Adopt a Rancher takes the Science 10 Ecosystems and Climate Change unit, and allows students to explore grassland ecology in the heart of the prairies. The program includes all the lesson plans a teacher needs, so s/he can focus on the case studies and projects also includes. It concludes with a trip to a cooperating ranch with hands-on activities.

“Adopt a Rancher is unique because students are exposed to a particular ranch operation, rather than looking at generalities,” Barry Putz, education coordinator with CK PCAP said in a release. “The students can apply these specifics to ecosystems and climate change in broader terms and also gain an appreciation for the role of ranchers in preserving the grasslands environment.”

For more information, or if you’re interested in participating (teacher or rancher alike), contact SK PCAP at (306) 352-0472 or [email protected].

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