Educational Travel

Outdoor experiential learning is essential to understanding ourselves as human beings. It is vital to understand how we are part of the natural environment, not just users of its resources. Our eco-tours are educational immersion programs that will offer you new insights into our amazing world. We incorporate expert lectures and information on the local ecology, wildlife, geography, history, culture & agriculture.

Up and coming tours

Churchill, MB: Polar Bear Ecology

The College of Education, Educational Foundations, and Melanie Elliott, Program Manager, are pleased to offer this tour in 2017.

Next Tour:
  • November 11-14 2017
  • Due to a rail-line washout we have chartered a flight from Saskatoon, SK to Churchill, MB.
  • Led by Melanie Elliott, Program Manager, Educational Foundations, University of Saskatchewan
  • Cost: $3595.00+GST
    • Includes Accommodations and meals at the Churchill Northern Studies Centre, a full day on a Tundra Buggy®, and a visit to numerous historic sites in the area.  Download our flyer for more details, but note that this flyer was prepared prior the rail line damage.

Highlights of this trip:

With a full day on our private Tundra Buggy®, you will have the opportunity to observe and learn about these magnificent creatures in their natural habitat. Accommodations are at the Churchill Northern Study Centre, which is located on the traditional polar bear migration route to The Bay. Staying at the Centre provides the opportunity to meet and learn from researchers.
Opportunities to explore the local area, history, culture, geology, plant and animal life are also available.

To Register call 306-966-5539

Athabasca Sand Dunes

Athabasca Sand Dunes: The University of Saskatchewan will no longer offer this Eco-Tour. However, Greg Fenty, co-leader of the 2013 tour, is planning to lead a group in 2016. Greg is the 2011 MVA Conservation Award recipient and has been the Saskatoon Zoo Society Educator since 1996. If you are interested in this educational tour please email Greg and have him put you on his mailing list.

Eco-Travel General Information

See the world through the eyes of an explorer.

Have you ever questioned the impact of global warming and wondered if polar bears really do need protection? Or wished you could travel through time and see what an ancient city would look like had it not been discovered by humans?

Outdoor experiential learning is essential to understanding how we, as humans, interact with our surroundings and all the living creatures we share it with. We take you to places like the tundra, the East coast, South America as well as places close to home so you can decide for yourself whether or not we should maintain and protect our eco-systems and wildlife.

  • Our Eco-travel programs are centred around a philosophy that brings like-minded lifelong learners together into an outdoor environment.
  • Our tours offer preparation sessions on ecology and culture so you go into an eco-system with knowledge and understanding.
  • Our programs are built around learning experiences that incorporate all the senses: sight, sound, touch, smell and even taste.
  • The end goal or learning outcome is to help people understand why there is a need to maintain and protect eco-systems and wildlife.
  • Most of our tours go to protected areas such as national parks to truly learn about wildlife in their most natural environment or habitat (e.g. whales and polar bears).

Whenever we travel to any destination, be it in Saskatchewan, Canada or anywhere else in the world, we meet and learn from local area experts. This could be a park ranger, a university professor, a field researcher or a even local tour guide. Our site visits are enhanced by experts in their various fields.

Contact Us

Melanie Elliott, Program Manager 

Eve Barbeau, Program Support


Ecological Education and Ecology Camp for Kids
University of Saskatchewan
College of Education, ED Foundations
Room 485, Williams Building
221 Cumberland Ave N
Saskatoon, SK  S7N 1M3
phone: 306-966-5484
fax: 306-966-5590

Email: Melanie Elliott

Email: Eve Barbeau