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Hannin Creek Education and Applied Research Centre at the Saskatchewan Polytechnic

Project funding: PSI-SIF provided $261,250 in funding for the new boreal laboratory classroom and research complex - Saskatchewan Polytechic and the Saskatchewan Wildlife Federation matched this amount (evenly split between the two partners).

Project Background

Opened in June 2018, the Hannin Creek Education and Applied Research Centre, an equal partnership between Saskatchewan Polytechnic and the Saskatchewan Wildlife Federation, is located on the shores of Candle Lake. As the only boreal forest field station in Saskatchewan, the Hannin Creek Centre is a unique place to study and conduct research in such diverse programs as forestry, fisheries, wildlife, conservation law, and environmental, civil and water resources engineering technology.

PSI-SIF funding was used to build a new boreal laboratory classroom and research complex at the Hannin Creek Education and Applied Research Centre. This new lab complex will increase the education and training opportunities for Sask Polytech students, partners, industry, and all who do research at the Hannin Creek Education and Applied Research Centre.

Project Success

Sask Polytech students and instructors take advantage of the camp facilities for vital research and outdoor education courses. The Saskatchewan Wildlife Federation hosts many events at Hannin Creek, including their popular youth conservation camps, annual Women’s Outdoor Weekends and staff retreats.

The new boreal laboratory has enhanced the educational experience for students since its launch in June 2018, as well as many researchers and partner organizations. The lab provides a venue to accommodate students and researchers from Saskatchewan, Canada and around the world to explore the boreal forest. Hannin Creek has grown from a basic forest camp to an outstanding facility that supports world-class research, applied research, education and collaboration opportunities in sustainability. Hannin Creek is used as a base station for applied research applications in new technologies, including remote sensing with unmanned aerial vehicles and sophisticated hydro acoustic equipment.  Hydroacoustics broaden students’ and researchers’ capabilities to include sonar data and its many applications.  The practical training and applied research provided in this field-based setting offers the most immediate and comprehensive route for delivery of leading-edge knowledge and skills.  Students, researchers and partners access the camp and new lab in the spring, fall and winter months, which allows first-hand experience with the demands of a career that requires working outdoors year-round in challenging conditions.

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