SEN Info Bulletin

September 15, 2011

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Action Alert





Great Canadian Shoreline National Cleanup Week

September 17-25, 2011

The Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup is taking place September 18th to 26th across the country. We invite all Canadians to become conservation champions by taking an active role in cleaning up a shoreline in your community. Participation helps ensure safer environments for aquatic life and contributes to preserving natural aquatic habitats. Visit this website to view all scheduled clean-up projects: - just search for "Saskatchewan".

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Action Alert

Sign On: Support the Canadian Wheat Board

The National Farmers' Union is calling on other Canadian organizations to sign on to a letter in support of keeping the CWB and respecting our democracy by upholding farmers' right to vote on any proposed changes. To read this letter, go to . Sign on to the letter by sending an email with the subject "CWB" to and include your group's name and contact information.

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Petition: Objection To Hydro-Fracturing On The Blood Reserve

This petition is for non-Blood Tribe members and individuals who do NOT live in the Oldman River Watershed. In late 2010, the Blood Tribe Chief and Council signed an agreement with Murphy Oil Inc. and Bowood Energy to commencing Oil and Gas Exploration on the Blood Reserve without proper consultation with members of the Blood Tribe. Hydraulic Fracturing is known to be incredibly harmful to human health, the environment, and wildlife. This will not only affect the Blood Reserve but neighbouring communities as well. Sign the petition at

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New Coal-Fired Plant Regulations: Public Comment Period Open

On Friday August 19, the federal government released its long-awaited new regulations for coal-fired power plants that will go into effect starting in 2015. However, environmental groups have slammed the regulations, explaining that existing coal plants will essentially be given a free pass to pollute for decades to come, and that the new Maxim coal plant won't be required to play by the rules.

The public consultation period for the Reduction of Carbon Dioxide Emissions from Coal-Fired Generation of Electricity Regulations is now open until October 26, 2011. Details are at:

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Recovery Strategy for the Woodland Caribou, Boreal Population in Canada

Woodland Caribou, Boreal population was listed on Schedule 1 of the Species at Risk Act (SARA) as Threatened in 2003. The Minister of the Environment is a competent federal minister for the recovery of Woodland Caribou, Boreal population and has prepared this strategy, as per section 37 of SARA. Information provided by the applicable provinces and territories, the Parks Canada Agency, wildlife management boards, Aboriginal organizations, and stakeholders was used in the development of the National Recovery Strategy.

The consultation period is open until October 25, 2011.

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Say No to Nuclear Waste Storage in Northern Saskatchewan

The Committee for Future Generations is continuing to circulate and collect petitions to be presented later this fall.

This link is to the petition form: print it, and pass it around for signatures. Remember to print name and print address and then sign. Mail it to address at the bottom, Thanks for the support. Petitions should be mailed in by mid-October. More information is at

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Framework for Safe Drinking Water

In Canada municipalities own and are responsible for drinking water treatment facilities and must supply the public with safe drinking water. This task is often more difficult in rural municipalities. Smaller communities generally have less expertise, fewer resources, and poorer quality source water than larger cities. Another problem is that most existing water treatment technologies are optimized for larger centres and may not work as well when scaled down. The Framework for Safe Drinking Water is meant to counter these challenges and streamline the daunting task of building new or updating older drinking water treatment facilities. By looking at it from both the legal and health perspectives we can help communities get the safest drinking water possible. Download the report at

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Saskatchewan EnerGuide for Houses

April 1st, 2011 - October 31st, 2013

Thinking of ways to make your home more energy efficient? The Saskatchewan EnerGuide for Houses (SEGH) program offers provincial grants for home improvements that lower energy costs, improve comfort and reduce your home’s impact on the environment. Details at

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CHEP's Good Food Box

The Good Food Box, one of CHEP’s programs which works to improve access to nutritious food, has been encouraging local producers over the years. Currently, the Good Food Box has been buying from the following producers: G’n’R Gardens (Cudworth), Grandora Gardens, Lakeview Growers (Saskatoon), Milden Colony, Petrofka Bridge Orchard (Waldheim), Valley Centre Colony (Biggar), New Life Organics (Denzil), Floating Gardens (Osler), Cooks (Asquith), Mistik Acres (Alvena), Goldenview Colony (Biggar), Muskoday Organic Growing Co-op (Muskoday First Nation.)

By purchasing a Good Food Box, you not only get good value for your dollar, but also support and encourage local growers. If you would like more information or would like to order a Good Food Box, please contact CHEP

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The Greenest Computers

Computers for Kids sell refurbished computers $145 - $295. Plus for every computer sold, two will go to people in need. Computers For Kids is a registered charity in Saskatoon that recycles, refurbishes and diverts thousands of computers from the waste stream every year. They are located at 322 Avenue C South in Saskatoon and at 1450 Park Street in Regina.

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Next Up Saskatchewan 2011-2012: Call for Applications

Applications are now being accepted for Next Up: A Leadership Program for Young People Committed to Social and Environmental Justice. This is an amazing, intensive and transformative program for young social change activists between the ages of 18 and 32. The program is offered in four cities across three provinces, Next Up Saskatchewan is based in Saskatoon, Next Up Edmonton, Next Up Calgary and Next Up BC is in Vancouver.

The application deadline for Next Up Saskatchewan is Friday, September 16th at 11:59 pm. The program runs between October 2011 and May 2012. Application forms and more information can be found at: Next Up is a project of genius (the global youth education network society) in partnership with the Columbia Institute Centre for Civic Governance, The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives and the Parkland Institute.

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Employment: CHEP Kids Kitchen Employment Facilitator

Location: Saskatoon

For four years, CHEP Good Food Inc. and the Greater Saskatoon Catholic School Division have partnered to offer Kids Kitchen, an after school children's nutrition and cooking skills program. This year, up to three 5-week sessions will be offered to grade 4/5 students at community elementary schools. Requirements: Experience working with food and children; Excellent knowledge of food and nutrition; Access to a reliable vehicle; Clear criminal record and vulnerable person's check; Post-secondary education in a related field is an asset. Term: 3 hours per day, two or three days per week for up to three 5 week sessions. Application Deadline: Monday September 26th. For more information on this position or to send resume, contact Robin Hartl at (or fax resume, Attention Robin Hartl to 655-5512.)

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Nature Sask Art Competition

Nature Saskatchewan is hosting an art competition to acknowledge the long-term commitment to conservation of Burrowing Owl habitat in this province. Go to for the complete details of this competition.

Deadline for entries is September 20, 2011 with a winning prize of $1000. The winning entry will also be presented to participants of Operation Burrowing Owl and Stewards of Saskatchewan Programs once they have reached their 15th anniversary of participation in these programs. For more information call Nature Saskatchewan at 1-800-667-4668 or

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Nature Photographers: Dakota Skipper and Snapping Turtle Pictures Wanted

Nature Saskatchewan is appealing to all nature photographers in hopes of locating pictures of the threatened butterfly - Dakota Skipper and/or the species of special concern - Snapping turtle.

These photos are intended for the 2012 publication of the Stewards of Saskatchewan Species at Risk Calendar. If you or anyone you know has photos of these species, please contact Sarah Vinge at Nature Saskatchewan

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Building Operator Training

Worried about rising energy costs? The Saskatchewan Environmental Society hears your concern, and can help! Whether you work in an office, health care facility or school, you have a significant impact on the energy consumed in your building. SES’s Building Operator Training program is designed to introduce you: custodians, facility personnel, managers and building operators, to energy conservation ideas, new technologies, and facility retrofits that will save your workplace energy and money!

From lighting and electrical, water use and waste handling, to heating, ventilation and air conditioning, the Building Operator Training program will help you reduce your overall energy consumption, which translates into significant cost savings now and into the future; a greener workplace; and an improved business image in the community.

Sessions start this fall and seating is limited, so check out the Saskatchewan Environmental Society’s website for more info at:, or contact the office at (306) 665-1915.

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ISO 14001 Environmental Management Training Sessions

Sound Solar Systems Inc. is proud to offer the self-declaration Canadian Standard for Environmental Management ISO 14001 Workshop. This International Standard is applicable to any organization that wishes to demonstrate conformity with this International Standard. On-site One-day Workshops are available November 21-25th. Two public sessions will be held October 26, 27 in Regina. Limited Spots available. Details at:

These workshops feature Shirley Segev - a Toronto experienced green organizational coach. She believes that a simple ISO 14001 Environmental Management System is a tremendous asset to an organization in its efforts to be green, avoid greenwashing, and receiving recognition by self-declaring to the ISO 14001 standard. ISO 14001 is the Canadian official environmental standard.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact Brooke for more information 306-586-2308.

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Film & Video Competition: World Wildlife Fund

Are you a creative filmmaker with a passion for the environment? WWF is asking talented and innovative filmmakers to help us celebrate our 50th anniversary. Produce an original film up to a maximum of two minutes on the theme: "Life. Nature. You. Make the Connection". Your film should inspire people to love, value and protect the natural world. Deadline: October 9th. Details at

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Call for Abstracts: International Conference on Integrative Medicine

May 13-15, 2012, Jerusalem

We warmly invite you to submit your abstract for the conference for Oral, Poster or Workshop presentation. Abstract may be submitted for any topic relevant to any integrative medicine field. The abstract submission deadline is December 10th 2011. Details at

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The Volvo Adventure Competition

The Volvo Adventure - in partnership with the United Nations Environment Programme - is an educational programme that rewards environmental activities and the decision-makers of the future. To enter, you form a team of 2 to 5 members aged 13 to 16 (at competition opening - July 1st 2011). Perform an environmental project in your local community & submit the project via our online submission tool before the competition deadline, January 31st 2012. Projects are judged and the best projects are selected for an all expenses paid trip to Göteborg, Sweden where they can win: 1st place = 10,000 USD, 2nd = 6,000 USD and 3rd = 4,000 USD. See the details and guidelines at

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Coming Events


Tree Planting Ceremony to Kick Off National Tree Week and Commemorate 2011 as the International Year of Forests

September 19th, 10 am, Royal Saskatchewan Museum

The Honourable Dustin Duncan, Minister of Environment, will plant a tree on the grounds of the Royal Saskatchewan Museum in Regina to commence National Forest Week. The ceremony will also celebrate 2011 as the International Year of Forests as proclaimed by the United Nations. The tree to be planted is a white birch, Saskatchewan’s provincial tree.

The event is an initiative of the Native Plant Society of Saskatchewan (NPSS), a membership-based environmental non-profit organization dedicated to promoting understanding and conservation of Saskatchewan’s native plants and habitats. This event is the last in a series hosted by the NPSS that have crossed the province since the beginning of the year to celebrate the International Year of Forests.

“Although Saskatchewan is known as a Prairie Province, roughly half of our province is covered in forests.” says Chet Neufeld, Executive Director for the NPSS. “These forests are an extremely important part of our economy, our environment and our culture.” If you’d like more information about this event, please contact Chet Neufeld, Executive Director of the NPSS at (306) 668-3940 or

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Native Prairie Speaker Series

September 21st, Royal Saskatchewan Museum Auditorium (2445 Albert)

12:10-12:50 pm - Stuck in the Mud: Major Slump Event at Grasslands National Park Snake Pit in Southwestern Saskatchewan Speaker: Laura Gardiner, M.Sc. Candidate, Dept. of Biology, University of Regina

7:00-8:00 pm - Getting to Know Saskatchewan Lichens Speaker: Bernard De Vries, Lichenologist

Anyone is welcome to attend and parking and speaker series are FREE. If you can't make it in person, view the presentation(s) LIVE on the web at All presentations are archived on the SK PCAP website under Communications > Speaker Series. If you have any questions, please contact Michelle Clark at (306) 352-0472 or

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Decolonizing Food: Briarpatch Issue Launch and Steak Night

September 27th, 5:30 - 8:30, Bushwakker Brewpub, 2206 Dewdney

Featuring a talk by Nettie Wiebe and a food and ag trivia contest! $25 Gets you: 6 oz sirloin steak or veggie burger, caesar salad, fries, garlic toast, half pint of beer. Tickets available from Briarpatch board members, at Eat Healthy Foods or at the Briarpatch office (2138 McIntyre -- call ahead). Email or call 525-2959 for more info.

There will be door prizes and a silent auction including a gift certificate from Articulate Ink, 2 tickets to Linda McQuaig, a food box from Etomami Organics CSA, gift certificates from Italian Star Deli, and more! After the steak night: Test your knowledge in our ultimate food and agriculture trivia challenge - $15 for teams of 3-5.

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Three Seasons in the Wind: 950 km by Canoe down the Thelon River

September 15th, 7:30 pm, Rm. 106, Biology Bldg., U. of S.

Saskatoon Nature Society's September meeting features Michael and Kathleen Pitt's presentation about their journey down the Thelon River in northern Canada. Everyone welcome.

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Savvy at the Core

September 6 - June 30, Core Neighborhood Youth Co-op, 905 20th St. W.

A drop-in life skills program for youth: Self-discovery - Work Readiness - Achieving Independence - Honing Skills. Tuesdays & Thursdays Life Skills program - 1:00-3:00 pm. Optional individual follow-up - 3:00 - 5:00 pm. For more information contact: Marcel Petit 665-3889 or Jenna Harder 244-7773 or Program funded by the Community Initiatives Fund.

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A Call to Action

September 17th, 10 am - 4 pm, Heritage Inn, Airport Dr. & Circle

Build the movement to reverse the growing gap, take back workers’ rights and human rights, advocate for a strong public sector, and create a Saskatchewan where we all benefit from our resources. Sponsored by the SFL Labour Issues Campaign and the Labour Councils. Everyone is welcome. Participation is free. Lunch/supper is provided. If you need childcare, please let us know. Please RSVP to For more information, call Debbie Lussier (306) 525-0197.

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Rio +20 Workshop

September 17th, 1 - 4 pm, Edward School of Business, Rm. 45, U of S

The Saskatchewan Environmental Society is proud to host one of ten Rio+20 Summit Civil Society Workshops happening across Canada to influence the 2012 Earth Summit. The workshop is based on five think pieces related to the Rio +20 major themes and leadership for sustainable development governance. The recommendations from all workshops will be compiled into a report and documented for release and submission to Canada’s Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade.

RSVP by email to

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The Future of Nuclear After Fukushima: A Conversation with Dr. Gordon Edwards & Robert Del Tredici

September 20th, 7:30 pm, Broadway Theatre

Gordon Edwards, President of the Canadian Coalition for Nuclear Responsibility, and Robert Del Tredici are coming to Saskatoon. The two have collaborated on many projects including the Nuclear Map of Canada and and on-line slide show called Coping with Nuclear Waste, 2007. Free Admission. Sponsored by the Coalition for a Clean Green Saskatchewan and ICUCEC.

More details at

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Myths for Profit: Canada's Role in the Industries of War and Peace

September 21th, 7:30 pm, Roxy Theatre, 320 20th St W.

Doors @ 7:00 pm. Film @7:30 pm. Panel Discussion and Q&A @8:30 pm.

Presented by Cinema Politica (Saskatoon) in cooperation with the Saskatoon Peace Coalition and the United Nations Association of Canada (Saskatoon). Admission by donation - $6 Suggested. No one turned away due to lack of funds.

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Take Back the Night

September 22nd, 7 - 9 pm, River Landing Amphitheatre

Take Back the Night is an international movement designed to raise awareness about violence against women and to support the well-being of those who have been and are in abusive situations. The Saskatoon Take Back The Night march is sponsored annually by the Saskatoon Women's Community Coalition, of which the U. of S. Women's Centre, Oxfam Canada, the Peace Coalition, and other community organizations are members.

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Women Feed the World

September 23rd, 1:30 - 2:30 pm, Training Room: Lower Place Riel, Room 80, U. of S.

Oxfam Canada’s Executive Director Robert Fox will address University of Saskatchewan students in his presentation, “Women Feed the World: Why the world’s food system is broken and why women are key to rebuilding it.” This event is being held at the University of Saskatchewan in the ISSAC (International Student and Study Abroad Centre) Training Room: Lower Place Riel, Room 80.

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Land, Water and Human Rights

September 23rd, 7:30 - 9 pm, Saskatoon Farmers' Market

This promises to be a very educational and inspiring evening with Oxfam Canada’s Executive Director Robert Fox and NFU President Terry Boehm speaking on the global and local effects of land grabs. more more information, contact 242-4097.

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6th Annual Sustainable Gourmet

September 24th, 6 pm, Confederation Inn, 3330 Fairlight Dr.

Join the Saskatchewan Environmental Society for an evening of fun and fine dining at Saskatoon’s most energy efficient hotel. Bid on the “gifts of experience” in the silent auction, art by some of Saskatoon’s finest artists, and witness the heart-stopping action of the live auction, conducted by CFCR’s Jeff Montgomery. And, hear from Angie Bugg about the Destination Conservation program. Chefs for the evening are Anthony McCarthy, Chef at the Saskatoon Club and Ryan Marquis, Chef at the Delta Bessborough. Tickets are $75. A portion is tax-deductible. Contact SES at 665-1915. All of the primary ingredients for the Sustainable Gourmet will be grown or made locally. Vegan options available.

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World Rivers Day Events

September 25th, 9 am - 8 pm

Events at Friendship Park: Sunday 1 pm to 4 pm (next to the Meewasin Valley Centre, 402 Third Ave. S.):

  • Who/What’s in our River: Come dip in the river and get the scoop from Greg Fenty of Saskatoon Zoological Society as well as meet some Zoo critters.
  • River Talk: Professor Jeff Sereda and some of the research team from the Global Institute for Water Security at the U of S are keen to share exciting findings about an ever changing river ecosystem.
  • A Stream of Fun & Facts: MVA staff and local Community Association members will educate and entertain little people with fun, facts and face painting.
  • Learn to Kayak on the River: Come, see, learn from Coldspring Paddling‘s Brian Sarauer - tips on water safety and proper operation of the kayak on the river.

Related Events in Saskatoon:

  • Wings on the River: Join Stan Shadick and the Saskatoon Nature Society at 9 am on Sunday at 16th Street and Saskatchewan Crescent East for a stroll to see and hear the winged residents (bring binoculars).
  • Keeping our River Tidy: Take pride with other committed environmentalists aka Trash Dashers, to collect garbage or debris along river’s edge. Sunday - 9 am – starts at Peace Flame, Rotary Park (south side /west of Victoria Bridge).
  • River Walks: meet members of Saskatoon Native Plant Society for a hike just north of Regional Psych Centre, Central Avenue at 1 pm at the small parking lot of RPC and identify indigenous native flora (sturdy footwear/ hat/ insect repellent recommended, binoculars/camera optional).
  • Blue Drinks: Wind up the day with the folks of We are Many at 6 pm, Winston's Pub, 21st St. & 3rd Ave to celebrate and toast the SS River and quench both your thirst for knowledge and a drink.
  • Radiant Rivers Photo Contest: Join photo enthusiasts of all ages and take a shot of a favourite view of the river and submit it for to Sask. Environmental Society in the competition. Photos can be either action, tranquil, sustainable! Email jpeg to by midnight September 26th. For details, check

Dowload the poster at

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Walk for Wildlife

September 25th, 1 pm, Chief Whitecap Park

Support the Wildlife Rehabilitation Society of Saskatchewan on their annual fundraiser. For more information, contact volunteer coordinator Jamille McLeod at (306)652-2922.

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Planning for Extremes: Partners FOR the Saskatchewan River Basin Annual Conference

November 16 – 18, The Saskatoon Inn

The purpose of this conference is to bring researchers, natural resource managers, policy makers and local stakeholders together to heighten awareness and share information on planning for extremes in the Saskatchewan River Basin. It is being planned as a communication and brainstorming session for the purpose of communication and idea exchange. Details at:

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Building Bridges: Treaty Days at Fort Qu’Appelle

September 16th - 18th, Calling Lakes Centre, Fort Qu'Appelle

Starts Friday at 5:30 pm snack, Sweatlodge begins at 6:30 pm. Ends Sunday (1 pm lunch). For more information: 306-332-5691.

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Working Together as One: Sustaining Water, Culture and Healthy Communities

September 23 - 25, Prince Albert, SK

WMAN (Western Mining Action Network) will be holding its eighth biennial gathering of people from across Canada and the U.S. who share critical perspectives and experiences about mining's impacts on communities and the environment. The 2011 conference will feature a wide variety of panel and discussion topics including timely issues associated with uranium mining, protecting water resources, and indigenous/cultural issues associated with mineral resource extraction. Details at: Registration is still open, and there is some space available.

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A Call to Action

September and October - various locations

Build the movement to reverse the growing gap, take back workers’ rights and human rights, advocate for a strong public sector, and create a Saskatchewan where we all benefit from our resources. The SFL Labour Issues Campaign and the Labour Councils invite you to attend a gathering in the following communities:

  • Humboldt - Wed. Sept 21st, 5:30 – 8:30 pm, Humboldt Uniplex, 17th St & Centennial Park
  • Moose Jaw - Sat. Oct 1st, 10 am - 4 pm, Moose Jaw Union Centre, 1402 Caribou St. W.

Please RSVP to Everyone is welcome. Participation is FREE. Lunch/supper is provided. If you need childcare, please let us know. For more information, call Debbie Lussier (306) 525-0197.

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Outter Limits Fun Run

October 1st, Elk Ridge Resort

Participate in the Outter Limits Fun Run (10 km run or 5 km walk/run) at Elk Ridge Resort on Saturday, October 1, 2011. The money raised at this year’s event will be given to the Saskatchewan Environmental Society and Scholarships for Students in Need. The entry deadline is September 1, 2011.

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Nature Saskatchewan Fall Meet 2011

October 7th - 8th, 2011, Cypress Hills Provincial Park

Cypress Hills is celebrating its 80th anniversary. It was one of the first six provincial parks established in 1931 – a year after the federal government transferred control of natural resources to the province. Now 250,000 people visit the park each year. Our headquarters will be at the Cypress Park Resort Inn, and most of our field trips will be walking tours that you can truly experience the park. We will have to do some car-pooling to get to the trailheads. If inclement weather occurs, an indoor program will replace the field trip tours. Details at

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Out of Province

19th Annual North American Weed Management Conference

September 19 - 22, Fort Garry Canada Inn, Winnipeg

The NAWMA Conference will deliver a forum of national and international speakers covering a variety of topics related to weed control as well as hosting field tours, displays and social events.

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River Rally 2011

September 23– 25, 2011, Holiday Inn Express, Edmonton

Hosted by Alberta Ecotrust Foundation in collaboration with the Alberta Stewardship Network.River Rally Registration is $100. Registration fee includes meals, all sessions, and a learning-on-the-water session on the river. For details/registration:

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Nature Education Tours

The Centre for Continuing and Distance Education provides a wide selection of lab-based, outdoor, and travel programs for all age groups to help participants learn about science, nature, and sustainable living. Their nature and science courses are available for adults, children, K-12 science teachers, as well as ecology immersion camps to destinations around Saskatchewan, Canada and the world. Based on a foundation of Science, Education, and Ethics. Programs include Churchill Manitoba Polar Bear Ecology Tour and trips to Jasper, South Africa and Costa Rica.

Details at:

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Lots more events at the SEN Event Calendar: