Go for a dip – a pond dip!

Go for a dip! A pond dip!
Saskatchewan boasts diverse pond ecosystems that support abundant wildlife, making it an ideal destination for pond dipping. From frogs, dragonfly nymphs, and water beetles to snails and small fish species, the province offers a wide array of fascinating creatures to discover. Engaging in pond dipping in Saskatchewan provides educational opportunities, promotes wetland conservation awareness, and allows visitors to explore the beauty and biodiversity of these unique aquatic habitats.
What do you do?
- Head outside to your body of water. Ensure you are in places you can easily reach shallow areas without the danger of falling in.
- Fill your bucket or container with water. This is going to be a temporary home for your creatures.
- Use a net or your other bucket to scoop through the water. There could be creatures on the surface of the water, or on the floor of the body of the water.
- Gently empty the net or bucket into the temporary home.
- Look for any creatures you may have.
- Use this resource to see what you found! https://swf.sk.ca/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Classroom-in-a-Box-Fish-of-Saskatchewan.pdf
- When finished gently pour your bucket back into the body of water.
What do you need?
- A body of water- a slough, lake, creek, or river will work perfectly!
- 2 buckets
- Optional: a net, magnifying glass
Safety considerations?
When pond dipping be cautious around bodies of water. Make sure there is adult supervision. Do not go into deep water. Wear appropriate protective gear and be mindful of environmental hazards. Respect the wildlife by handling gently and releasing them unharmed. Stay aware of weather conditions. If you go in the water make sure to rinse off after.
What are the benefits?
Physical: Physical exercise, fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination
Emotional: Stress reduction by being in a peaceful and soothing environment. Experience feelings of joy, wonder and fascination.
Mental: Curiosity and Learning by exploring different organisms. Critical thinking, observational skills, and problem solving.
Spiritual: Ability to witness the intricate beauty and harmony of an ecosystem. Sense of reverence and gratitude for the interconnectedness of all living things.