NUScience Explorations

NU Science Explorations


NUScience Explorations is a series of science and technology related activities and workshops for children and teacher candidates to explore and engage in fun and interactive indoor and outdoor activities. 

Ekendasaajig: Indigenous Science Perspectives Workshop

Location: Camp Petawachuan in Dokis First Nation

Dates: September 23 - 25, 2022

Participate in a weekend-long interactive learning experience on how Anishnaabe cultures and traditions can enhance and enrich your science classrooms for Indigenous and non-Indigenous students. This workshop is open to all Bachelor of Education students.

This is a free workshop and there are 20 spots available. Registration starts Wednesday, September 12th (online registration) and the deadline to apply is Tuesday, September 20th at 12:00 pm


Leave Nipissing University: Friday, September 23 approx. 10:30 am

Return to Nipissing University: Sunday, September 25 approx. 4:00 pm

What participants should bring:

  • Sleeping bag and Pillow
  • Towel (Bathing Suit recommended)
  • Hiking shoes/boots (extra shoes is recommended)
  • Clothes appropriate for the weather that weekend (outdoor activities will run rain or shine). 
  • ** Late September weather can vary from warm and sunny, to cold and wet)**

Travel: We will be taking a school bus to Dokis First Nation (approximately 1.5 hrs) and we will either walk into the camp through rough trails or if weather is uncooperative, we will accompany our bags on the pontoon boat from the community's marina. 

Accommodations and Amenities: There are 3 cabins with bunk beds (with mattresses); each cabin can sleep 8 - 10 people.  Please note we are travelling to an isolated location on the French River. There is no electricity and very limited cell service.

Activities: We will have nature walks on unmaintained trails (some small hills, some areas rocky) to discover how to engage the natural environment in your lessons (ie. the outdoor classroom), engage in crafts, construction of a wigwam and understand how stories, storytelling and myths can connect to our understanding of the natural world. Be prepared for outdoor activities (rain or shine). We will campfires in the evenings.

Registration: On Monday, September 12th at noon, the link will become active for registration. The link will close on Tuesday, September 20th at midnight.

Registration Link:

Cost: Free

Capacity: Registration will be open to 20 individuals (first come, first served). It is highly recommended to only register for the weekend if you are certain you are attending. As this is a free workshop, it is essential that those individuals who sign up are fully committed to attending so that the workshop meets capacity.

For more information about this workshop, please contact Chris Hachkowski at

For more information about our science and coding programs, please contact 705-474-3450 ext. 4368 or email us

Part of National Network:

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Actua provides training, resources and support to its national network of members located at universities and colleges across Canada in the delivery of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education outreach programming. Each year, these members engage over 225,000 youth in 500 communities nationwide. Please visit Actua at