Ozhaawashkwaa Animikii-Bineshi Aki Onji Kinimaagae' Inun
Blue Thunderbird Land-based Teachings Learning Centre
Planning your Day: What Teachers need to know
Ozhaawashkwaa Animikii-Bineshi Aki Onji Kinimaagae' Inun is a gift, and your place of learning on 49 acres. The learning centre is surrounded by natural and agricultural grounds for classroom extensions to land-based learning, sharing in experiences around:
- Historic and cultural connections to the land
- Land stewardship, how we care for the land
- Growing food
- Wellness and well-becoming
This space provides teachers and students with outdoor, land-based, and hands-on learning opportunities. It also allows students to build independence, mastery, belonging, and creativity in a natural space.
- 4 season learning centre with fireplace & learning kitchen
- Wawiyia'kiti'gahn (Circle Garden)
- Tipi and Sweat Lodge (coming soon)
- Remnant tallgrass prairie and 30 acre restoration
- Indigenous Plants Gardens
- Heirloom Vegetable and Herb Garden
- 3 km of walking trails
- Naturalized Stormwater Retention pond
- Tree Nursery
- Novi-Comp (formerly BIOvator), site of divisional composting
- Fireside learning
- Toboggan Hill
- Passive Solar Greenhouse (coming soon)
Booking the Aki Centre
Visit the Staff Portal and click on Instruction > Aki Centre > Booking (left-hand menu). Here you will be guided in the few steps, which include submitting your booking request form, booking your bus, and reviewing key documents prior to your arrival.
If you require help planning your day/itinerary, please mention this in the "Additional Comments" space and/or please follow up with a phone call to 204-338-7991 ext 50020.
Here is a direct link to the booking page.
There is no cost for your class to attend the Aki Centre. You are welcome to use the supplies and tools at the Aki Centre in moderation. Any major projects should be planned with your own supplies. When using the kitchen, staple ingredients are stocked regulary (dry, non-perishables). When planning kitchen use, please consult before coming to ensure you are bringing what you need to contribute to the recipes.
Booking a Bus
Please book your bus at the same time as booking the Aki Centre.
Print a Map!
Here is our Site Map
Review the Supplies List
We have many tools, books, and equipment to benefit your students experience here waiting for you. Click here to review the list, and ease preparation for your visit. Please re-view this list upon return visits as this list is updated monthly.
Planning your Itinerary
We can support you in developing an itinerary for your visit, and designing experiences with your students. Please contact us to set up a time to consult and collaborate, and to review sample itineraries. Our goal is to set you up for a successful and meaningful day.
What you can expect from Aki Centre Staff:
- An orientation or tour of 15-45 minutes on or before your first visit
- Invitation to participate in stewardship actions and projects
- Collaboration on hands-on activities/experiences (please consult in advance!)
- Supportive pre-trip and post trip learning resources (articles, documentaries, shorts, podcasts, lesson plans)
- Guidance on seasonal activities and land-based learning opportunities
- Supplies List (so you don't pack more than you need)
- Supplies needed for your activities to be available upon arrival
What to Bring
Being outdoors is what we do here, please dress for the weather! Other items to remember might include: extra socks/mitts (will you get wet or cold?), sunglasses, sunscreen, a hat/toque, a water bottle, snacks, lunch, journal, a way to take photos or videos, containers to take home your left overs.
Tip from the locals: It is always very windy here! Even if it doesn't feel windy at school, prepare for MORE wind out here!
Waste Management - ZERO WASTE ZONE
Our kitchen has everything you will need: mugs, glasses, plates, cutlery, cooking and baking equipment, etc. Please do not bring disposable products.
Cleaning Up: Your Contribution
Please leave the centre and the land as you found it. You should allow your group 15-20 minutes at the end of your day for time for clean-up. Promote to your students our message: "The land takes care of us, and we take care of the land. We take care of each other and ourselves." Your contributions to the care of the facilities, tools, equipment, and land are sincerely appreciated.
First Aid Kits are supplied at the front door, back door, and a larger cut and burn kit is located in the kitchen beneath the clock. AED is located in the Mud Room at the front entrance.
We share the site with Seven Oaks transportation and maintenance staff. Divisional buses are housed and serviced here. There are many vehicles coming and going through the day. WE REQUIRE YOU to walk with students across the parking lot and to reinforce road safety rules.
We encourage teachers to personally visit our site before your first field trip. Please contact us for a time to stop by, or attend our monthly fireside gatherings. Please see our Instagram page for up to date images of weekly activities, changes on the landscape, and to deepen your understanding opportunities.
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