South Central Eco Institute

Statement of Purpose

To develop a network of partnerships to encourage integration of applied environmental sciences and industrial needs within the south central region of Manitoba.

The Institute shall consist of representatives of the academic community, community development representatives, reps from eco-environmental agencies, and other interested community members.



To develop an awareness in children even at a young age of the relationship between the environment and our economic wellbeing.

To encourage the development of outdoor classrooms in the vicinity of all schools within the region.

To collect field tools needed to provide educational opportunities for students in applied environmental programs.

To ensure senior high school students are provided with opportunities to explore applied environmental careers.

To encourage apprenticeship participation in trades which would feed into applied environmental careers.

To encourage young adults with an awareness of eco-environmental issues to practice trades/careers in the region.


To provide in-service training to teachers and administrators interested in eco-environmental issues associated with their school programs.


To develop partnerships with NGO and governmental agencies interested in promoting applied environmental programs and careers.

To develop a pool of elders who could act as mentors for young people in the classroom, for teachers, and for young adults who are starting their careers.

Defining the Extent of the Project

Initially, the institute focused on a small segment of the Pembina River Watershed. As the program grows, focus is becoming more on the Red River Watershed. Conservaation districts are becoming lead partners in developing sites and supervising data collection in partnership with the schools.

Developing a School-based Infrastructure

In the autumn of 2007, at the annual meeting of the Conservation Districts of Manitoba, board members from several districts indicated that it was difficult to get support from school staff for the programs which the conservation districts would like to offer.

Our goal would be to:

Identifying Community Partners

Manitoba's Conservation Districts are willing to partner with schools to develop applied environmental skills at all levels. This is a given. Their work with forestry and aquatics dovetails easily with many course components.

Ducks Unlimited has curriculum written for use throughout the elementary grades. Specifically the Project Webfoot (Gr 4) and the Wetland Centre of Excellence project are two which we could integrate into our school curricula.

The Agricultural Biotechnology Enhancement (ABE) program is currently available to all schools in the province. Few divisions have made use of the program. In-servicing would increase its use in our area.

Community Development Corporations are well aware of the lack of trades persons in our communities. They have show a willingness to develop support programs to promote training programs in the community.