The Saskatchewan Conservation Learning Centre Inc. (CLC) is a producer-driven, non-profit corporation with formal status as a registered charity. The CLC was established in 1993 under the Parkland Agricultural Research Initiative, a component of the Green Plan. The CLC demonstrates, on a farm-scale, soil and water conservation technology. It also serves as a field laboratory for evaluation and applicability of new research and technology.
The CLC is unique as a research and demonstration facility in that it features rolling topography, wetlands and remnant native upland areas rather than the very uniform landscapes characteristic of most research facilities. Because of the variable topography and emphasis on field scale activities, many scientists from federal, provincial, university and private research institutions undertake work at the Centre. As well, the CLC has continued strong support from multiple agencies and corporations that participate in demonstration and research activities on the farm.
The CLC is located on 457 acres of land 18 km south of Prince Albert in the Parkland Region of Saskatchewan. In addition to 250 acres of cultivated, annually cropped land, the CLC has areas dedicated to forage production, dense nesting cover, shelterbelts, a shelterbelt garden, a woodlot, riparian areas, u-pick raspberries, fruit trials, biomass plantations, willow trials, herbs and a nature trail. Each year, the CLC has an interesting mix of long- and short-term projects that highlight soil and water conservation and showcase new agricultural technologies.
The CLC hosts annual tours for local, regional, provincial, national and international producers, researchers, industry representatives and extension personnel. An annual summary of projects is published, detailing the progress or results of projects.
The CLC offers a well-developed school program for students and provides quality learning experiences through hands-on activities at the farm. The school program corresponds with the provincial science curricula and encompasses agricultural, environmental, conservation and wildlife topics. Since its inception in 1994, over 30,000 youth have participated in the CLC's school program.