Melanie Elliott


Melanie, an award-winning educator and conservationist, lives to share her outdoor knowledge and philosophy. She manages the Ecological education area for ED Foundations, College of Education, University of Saskatchewan, specializing in bird identification, waste reduction, field trips, and bat rescue and release. As a Saskatchewan Education Council Tour Certified Guide she has led tours to Alberta National Parks, Churchill, MB, Florida, Australia, South Africa, Namibia, South America, and Costa Rica.

Melanie Elliott is the Program Manager of Ecological Education and Travel, and Ecology Camps for Kids,  College of Education, ED Foundations, University of Saskatchewan.

Education: B Ed, University of Saskatchewan,
Veterinary Technology, SIAST/WCVM (taught Ethology and Applied Anatomy), B Sc, Biology, Wilfrid Laurier University.

University Programs: Melanie has developed and delivered the Ecology Camp for Kids program for the University of Saskatchewan Extension Division, the Centre for Continuing and Distance Education and now the College of Education, from 1993 to the present, to over 2000 children (15% fully sponsored). She has also developed and provides environmental workshops on bats, birds, endangered species and waste reduction. These workshops along with ecosystem field trips to wetlands, grasslands and boreal forest are provided to school classes.

These programs, co-developed with Ducks Unlimited Canada and the Saskatoon Public School Division, are infused with environmental and social justice activities and actions, outdoor experiential learning, and extensive use of alternative resources and realia.

1995-Active Living Go to Green, Elaine Burke Award ($1000 to Meewasin Valley Authority)
1997-Federal Environmental Citizenshop, Action 21 Award
1999-YWCA Women of Distinction Award in Environment, Science & Technology
2001-CAUCE International Program Award Certificate with Peter Jonker, ClubSEE Campus and Tours
2001-Meewasin Valley Authority Conservation Award
2008-Sasktatchewan Lieutenant Governor's Greenwing Conservation Award Medal
2012-Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal for Community Service

Melanie has been Past President of the Wildlife Rehabilitation Society of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon Nature Society, Saskatoon Zoo Society, Fellow of Nature Saskatchewan.

She is married to Bruce Acton, CEO of the St. Paul's Hospital Foundation and has a 19-year-old son, Alexander, who is studying Integrated Resource Management at SK Polytechnic in Prince Albert.


Selected Publications

Environmental Stewardship Teaching Children