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Detour: Spark Ideas, Shift Gears, Activate Change

Detour: Spark Ideas, Shift Gears, Activate Change

Detour is an energizing, four-day urban experience where youth, ages 13-14, experiment with design, flex their creative problem solving ‘muscles’ and collaborate on an urban sustainable design project.

Whether gaining the skills to safely navigate the city by foot and bike, or gathering locally grown ingredients to prepare a meal together, Detour fosters independence & agency as well as interdependence & collaboration through a sequence of practical hands-on experiences. Detour is hosted by SaskOutdoors and co-facilitated by Shannon Dyck (BA, MES) of Green Edge Studio and Jana Miller (BED, MES) of Wildernook Fresh Air Learning and subsidized by ESSA (Environmental Studies Students Association).

Climate change, habitat loss, plastic pollution (and the list goes on!) can be overwhelming issues, which can cause individuals to experience a sense of stuckness- where the problems (and solutions) can seem too daunting to even try. Detour is designed to address this social paralysis, by providing:

  • a gathering place for youth who have a shared concern for the wellbeing of our planet.
  • a channel for learning how to make a positive contribution to their community.
  • a space for participants to actively develop environmental leadership skills such as creative design, critical thinking, collaboration, and city planning.
  • an opportunity to view the city of Saskatoon as an ever evolving landscape shaped by people and nature.

Each day will feature a different theme and set of locations. Participants can expect to be outdoors for at least half of the day and engaged in active transportation between locations. Drop off and pick-up locations (e.g. Radiance Cohousing, River Landing or University of Saskatchewan) will be communicated in the Parent and Participant Handbook.

Times: We will meet each morning at 8:45 a.m., enjoy bagged lunch time together at noon and wrap up at 4:00p.m. each day. 

Requirements: Participants must provide their own lunch, water bottle, snacks, bike, helmet, lock, rain gear, good supportive shoes, and backpack. Bringing sunscreen, bug spray and hat is encouraged. This is an active program and participants should be. able to ride a bike and walk for 60 minutes.  

Cost: The program cost of $180.00* ($45.00/day) includes learning materials, mentorship from qualified outdoor and environmental educators and an insider look at examples of sustainable design in Saskatoon. Participants must provide their own lunch, snacks, bike, helmet and lock.

SaskOutdoor Members: Your membership qualifies you for a $10.00 discount. Please select this option when registering.

Accessibility Cost: $25.00 SaskOutdoors will subsidize the cost of two participants who identify as Indigenous, newcomers to Canada, or living in low income families. The goal of these two subsidized spots is to increase the accessibility of the program. Please note, SaskOutdoors would like participants making use of this support to follow up with a letter sharing about their Nature Playcare experience.


Registration deadline June 17, 2019

*Note the program cost is subsidized by a generous donation from ESSA (Environmental Education Students Association). Thank-you ESSA!