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Walter Murray Collegiate
Inspiring Learning
Outdoor School

Join the Outdoor School program for the opportunity of a lifetime! Travel throughout the province and embark on a semester-long outdoor adventure with 23 new friends as you earn five regular academic credits. You won’t find bells or desks in our classroom(s), but you will find backcountry camping, white-water canoeing, backpacking, cycling, wall climbing, skiing, snowboarding and more. We play hard and work hard.

Study boreal forest ecology as you paddle through some of the world’s most beautiful northern lakes. Immerse yourself in the natural history of the plains bison as you hike alongside them in their historic grasslands. Experience ecological sustainability as you work alongside some of our province’s most innovative thinkers and discover the secrets of Saskatoon’s past, present and future through our study of urban geography. You will discover a new level of confidence as you engage in a number of integrated research projects that lead to five regular Grade 11 credits in English Language Arts 20, Environmental Science 20, Geography 20, Physical Education 20 and Indigenous Studies 30.

Not the outdoorsy type? No problem! Our course is designed to give you all the skills you require. We cover a range of outdoor training that includes how to dress for the outdoors, fire building, map and compass skills, survival skills, packing and much more! We also have all the specialized gear you may require, including canoes, paddles, PFDs, skis, snowshoes, large backpacks, sleeping bags, tents and camp kitchens. For one high school semester take a chance on something different . . . and step into the outdoors!


  • Whitewater canoeing on Churchill River.
  • Hiking and skiing in the Nisbit Forest.
  • Skiing and snowshoeing at Blue Mountain.
  • Rock climbing, yoga and cycling.
  • Working with local experts in the science community and adventure sport industry.
  • Making real-world connections to science and geography.
  • Backpacking in Grasslands National Park.
To learn more, visit our Facebook page


Previous outdoor experience is not required — if learning outside the traditional classroom is appealing, this is the program for you. Online applications will be available in mid-February. 


Outdoor School is open to students entering Grade in September 2023. Students must apply to be considered for the program. 

Apply online here or click on the green button to the right. 

The application is due April 6, 2023.

Open House

Walter Murray Collegiate is hosting an open house at the school for Outdoor School on Tuesday, March 21 at 7 p.m. We encourage anyone who is interested in the program to attend. If you are unable to join and have questions, please contact Mitch Lowe at or Rienna Rueve at