Off the Grid Advantage
Tommy Douglas Collegiate Off the Grid program is a half-day, full-year learning experience that will take students on an integrative learning adventure. This program is intended for Grade 9 students who are interested in such topics as climate change, social justice and youth empowerment to promote change in Saskatchewan communities. The program connects in-class learning with outdoor expeditions while we canoe, hike, ski, bike and bus around Saskatoon and parts of this province to explore what Saskatchewan has to offer. Students will connect with local farmers, bee-keepers, university professors, and environmental organizations to better understand the challenges we face and the resources available to us to initiate meaningful environmental change. This course will appeal to students who are looking to challenge themselves, make new friends, and who enjoy experiencing life outside the box as they gain insight into the topics of complex systems that govern all life through a hands-on learning style.
Students taking part in Off the Grid will be exposed to other similar-minded youth who are passionate about positively influencing our communities in Saskatoon and surrounding areas. Students have the opportunity to meet some of Saskatchewan's leading experts in the fields of environment and sustainability while getting the chance to share and teach the class about their own thoughts and values. Our school and local community inspire Off the Grid initiatives, making our program a link between education and practical application of important projects in our society.
Students will need suitable outdoor wear for all four seasons and access to a bicycle.
- Canoe, hiking, tree planting and camping trips
- Hands-on learning experiences
- Local expert presentations and conferences
- Publishing environmental articles and podcasts
- A deeper understanding of climate/environmental justice
- Running the Off the Grid Bike Shop
Application forms are available at Tommy Douglas Collegiate or can be downloaded from here. The application is designed to find students who are wishing to push themselves both academically and physically to create and inspire positive environmental and social change in our community and in our building.
The program provides students with credit for Social Studies 9, Science 9, English Language Arts 9A and Arts 9.