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Resources for teaching forestry

 

We know you want access to information. Here are some posts that will take you to great teaching resources, camps, organizations and other sources of informaiton to assist you in your classroom presentation of forestry and natural resources. Just click the image on the right to open a new page of information.

Project-Based Learning: The Forest as Classroom

The Alberni District Secondary School (ADSS) Project-Based Learning Program was first launched in the 2008-2009 school year as a pilot project to explore how natural resource management could be used as a vehicle for academic instruction. Ryan Dvorak came on board to implement the program, which is still going strong thanks to support from the district, local businesses and community partners. "Math, science, English and social studies are integrated in almost everything we do," explains Dvorak.

Evans Lake Forestry Camp

Evans Lake has been operating as a camp and outdoor education facility since 1960. The Centre is located 15 kilometres North of Squamish, BC on a picturesque mountain lake. Surrounded by forest, the Centre offers a feeling of wilderness seclusion while featuring all your basic amenities, accommodations and full catering.

BC Forest Discovery Centre

The BC Forest Discovery Centre is a 100-acre, open air museum with an operational railway in Duncan, British Columbia.  The Centre features forest and marsh trails with excellent bird watching opportunities. The story of BC's forest industry is shared through exhibits, heritage buildings, and logging artifacts.  

 2892 Drinkwater Road,Duncan, BC  V9L 6C2

Canadian Women in Timber

The Canadian Women in Timber (CWIT) is a non-profit society that works to encourage forest awareness through education. They have several activity books for kids up to age 12, and a Forestry Fact Book appropriate for any age. 

These include: Fun in the Forest with Splinter, Logging with Splinter, Forestry Facts - Discover your forestry IQ, Splinter's Timber Log, and other classroom activities - all available as free PDF downloads.

Canada's Forest Teaching Kit Series

This series provides educators with the tools to help young people better understand the value of forests and the importance of protecting and conserving them. Includes detailed lesson plans, practical information on forest issues, and examples of conservation and stewardship. Incorporate interactive, hands-on activities that reflect science and geography based learning.

 

Includes 8 kits in English and French (PDF downloads). 

Forest Friendly Communities

Forestry Friendly Communities was started in 2016 as a way to celebrate the proud history and rich future of BC’s coast forest sector. The term “Forestry Friendly” is intended to recognize pride in, and an ongoing commitment to BC’s forestry sector. In fact, the forest sector supports 1 in 16 jobs in BC. It also contributes $12.4 billion to the provincial GDP and injects $2.5 billion in taxes and fees to the three levels of government. Forestry Friendly Communities is proudly brought to you by Coast Forest Products Association, the Truck Loggers Association, and their members.

Forest Info and Dovetail Partners

Forest Fast Breaks are concise, engaging animated shorts that simplify complex forestry topics. The videos highlight forest ecology, sustainable forest management practices, and the environmental benefits of utilizing wood in consumer products and as a building material. Videos are suitable for third grade through adult learners. These videos are provided by Dovetail Partners, a nonprofit corporation that services the natural resource sector. 

Association of BC Forest Professionals

The Association has complied a cross section of resources on their website that includes their own unique materials and videos, as well as links to lots of other interesting and useful materials you may find helpful in your teaching. 

The Tree Book - Trees of British Columbia

Produced by the Canada-British Columbia Partnership Agreement on Forest Resource Development, this book is an excellent resource for identifying trees in BC. There is also information on the kind of environment in which each tree species likes to grow, the other trees and plants that usually grow with it, and some of the animals that consider it part of their habitat.

Federation of BC Woodlot Associations

Ollie’s Woodlot Adventures Colouring and Activity Book - Ollie’s adventures take you to a woodlot licence where you will learn about trees and how a forest is managed sustainably. Ollie the owl lives in a forest in British Columbia, Canada. Ollie is lucky as over half of the province is forested. A forest is a plant community mostly made up of trees with other plants growing alongside an animal community. It is also a place where people work and play. Ollie's adventures take you to a woodlot licence, BC's smallest public managed forest, where you will learn about trees and how a forest is managed sustainably. 

Visit their website here http://woodlot.bc.ca

Forests and Climate Chage Teaching Kit

This teaching resource highlights how our forests and the wood products that we produce from our forests play a key role in modifying the effects of climate change. It provides classroom project ideas to stimulate discussion and activities students can do at school and at home.

 

Science 10, Earth Science 11, Social Studies 11, Geography 12 and Sustainable Resources 11 & 12

Sustainable Forest Management In BC Teaching Kit

This resource kit examines the importance of our forests, the various values we place on our forests, and how our forest management activities are driven by laws that reflect public values, making BC a world leader in forest management practices.

 

Science 10, Social Studies 10, Sustainable Resources 11 & 12, Geography 12, BC First Nations 12

naturally:wood Factsheet: FORESTS, WOOD & CLIMATE CHANGE

Developed by FII, naturally:wood is a comprehensive information resource promoting British Columbia as a global supplier of quality, environmentally-responsible forest products from sustainably-managed forests.

British Columbia’s (B.C.) and Canada’s forests and forest products play an important role in helping mitigate climate change. Growing forests reduce greenhouse gas emissions by absorbing carbon dioxide and the carbon storage continues as they are converted into forest products.

naturally:wood Factsheet: British Columbia's Sustainable Forest Management Practices

Developed by FII, naturally:wood is a comprehensive information resource promoting British Columbia as a global supplier of quality, environmentally-responsible forest products from sustainably-managed forests.

British Columbia is recognized as a global leader in sustainable forest management, meeting the environmental, social and economic needs of current and future generations. Stringent forest laws, skilled forestry professionals, comprehensive monitoring, compliance and enforcement strengthen the Province’s leading reputation. At the end of 2016, B.C. had 52 million hectares (128.5 million acres) of certified lands. Canada is the international leader in forest certification with B.C. contributing more than any other province. 

naturally:wood Factsheet: British Columbia's British Columbia Parks and Protected Areas

Developed by FII, naturally:wood is a comprehensive information resource promoting British Columbia as a global supplier of quality, environmentally-responsible forest products from sustainably-managed forests.

In 1992, six per cent of British Columbia’s land base was protected. Today, more than 14.8 per cent is fully protected, and much more of British Columbia’s land base falls under some type of special management regime, where values such as wildlife habitat, biodiversity or recreation take precedence.

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