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Saskatoon Public Schools
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Brightwater Science, Environmental and Indigenous Learning Centre
The Brightwater Science, Environmental and Indigenous Learning Centre provides unique land-based programming for middle years and high school students of Saskatoon Public Schools. Brightwater programming is delivered through the integration of a variety of curricular subject areas and is based on the ecological knowledge of native prairie landscapes and honours Indigenous perspectives, content and ceremonies.​​​
Brightwater provides an opportunity to teach and learn where land-based lessons can best be taught and learned -- on the land! The learning that takes place at Brightwater is an extension of Provincial curricula and supports the Truth and Reconciliation Comission Calls to Action in Education. Experiences follow pre-visit preparation in the classroom, and are the basis for many post-visit challenges.
There are two Brightwater sites, adjacent to one another, and located on a quarter section of land approximately 14 kilometres south of Saskatoon. Middle years student programming is based from the 100 acres of land rented from the Salvation Army’s Beaver Creek Camp and the high school programming is based from the adjoining 60 acres owned by Saskatoon Public Schools.
In spring 2013, the PotashCorp Eco-Science and Indigenous Learning Centre was opened at the SPS Brightwater site. Thanks to a generous donation from PotashCorp, the centre provides classroom, office and meeting room spaces, and kitchen facilities to support year-round student learning at the site.
Each year more than 3000 elementary and high school students, teachers and volunteers participate in Brightwater experiences. Brightwater programming success can be attributed to the tremendous support received from the Saskatoon Public School Board, SPS administrative council, Brightwater staff, First Nations Inuit and Métis Education Unit, teachers, parents, partners and the Saskatoon community as a whole.
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Brightwater Programming

  • Provides dynamic holistic experiences in three seasons: autumn, winter and spring;
  • Offers half day to two-night, three-day experiences in a natural setting for grade 6 to 12 students;
  • Is an extension of classroom inquiry learning within a variety of subject areas;
  • Connects students and teachers to the land in meaningful ways from Indigenous and Western perspectives.

Brightwater First Nations Ceremonial Grounds


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    • Brightwater recently celebrated 25 years (1990/91-2015/16) of providing unique, land-base learning experiences for SPS students!

    • Brightwater is a wildlife reintroduction site for wildlife that have wandered from the countryside into the City of Saskatoon, such as deer, porcupine, badgers.....

    • Nutana Collegiate Enviro20 students set up wildlife trail cameras for a month in the fall and spring at Brightwater to observe some of the wildlife activity on-site.



    • ​Nikanetan students build new benches for the eco-centre and homestead sites. Thank you Chris, Gabby and your students!
    • ​ScienceTrek students have started a long-term study monitoring the Brightwater bluebird population


    •  Brightwater has a new state-of-the-art Celestron CPC telescope for viewing the sun and night sky. Thank You PotashCorp!


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Greystone Grade 6 Brightwater Journal Entry

View a student created movie that documents his understanding of the diversity of living things in different terrestrial and aquatic habitats at Brightwater.