A taste of the great outdoors

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École Palliser Heights student Amy Dok-Moore finds simulated fishing a tad difficult during the South Hill Wildlife Expo at Riverview Collegiate Institute and Empire Community School on Wednesday.

The ‘Great Outdoors’ came to school on Wednesday.

École Palliser Heights Grade 8 student Amy Dok-Moore was struggling with the reel in the Riverview Collegiate Institute (RVCI) gymnasium during the South Hill Wildlife Expo.

“Fishing — it was difficult,” Dok-Moore told the Times-Herald after a hearty struggle against a simulated fish. Basically, she said, the reel was attached to a devise that made you have to struggle to bring in the line. The device was in sync with a large screen providing an artificial reality image of the angling experience.

Saskatchewan Wildlife Federation (SWF) executive director and Prairie South School Division trustee Darrell Crabbe said the fishing exhibit was popular on Wednesday, but that just one of a multitude of attractions at RVCI and Empire Community School aimed at giving urban youth a taste of the exciting rural and wild world outside city limits.

“It’s for them to appreciate it if nothing else,” Crabbe said, adding many of the 320 Grade 7-8 students at the one-day expo would likely have little contact with the outdoors on a regular basis. He said some youth come to the SWF event (held every two years) and become quite excited about outdoor activities.

“You can pick out the ones who are right into it and it sparks their interest right away.”

Westmount Elementary School Grade 8 student Ben Seida, 13, enjoyed most of all shooting a bow and arrow in the Empire gymnasium.

While he isn’t really an outdoorsy person, Seida said he could see archery as a fun activity to pursue. He said it takes a bit of technique to master though.

 

For more on this story, read an upcoming edition of the Times-Herald

Organizations: Saskatchewan Wildlife Federation, Times-Herald, Riverview Collegiate Institute Prairie South School Division RVCI and Empire Community School Westmount Elementary School Grade

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