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East Kootenay Forest Education Highlights
Norma Blissett ( East Kootenay Forest Educator)

Forest Educator, Norma Blissett,
leads a seed germination drama
activity with Grade 3's at
Gordon Terrace Elementary 

The East Kootenay forest education classroom program consists of a series of forestry-related presentations for each grade (K-8) directly tied to the science curriculum.  Topics include titles such as: "Wild Animals of the East Kootenay" (K), "Air, Water and Soil" (Grade 2), "Forest Management" (Grade 5) and "Tree Identification" (Grade 6), among others. The latest addition, "East Kootenay Forest Ecosystems" has been developed for Grade 7.

Presentations are available throughout the school year, with the majority being requested in April, May and June.  Last year, more than 2000 students participated in at least one of the classroom visits. Each lesson emphasizes wood as a renewable resource and how other values such as wildlife and fisheries are protected in forest management. All presentations include an introductory discussion, followed by a number of related activity centers or outdoor sessions. By Christmas 2006, 55 classrooms in the East Kootenay zone will have been visited!!

For more information, please contact Norma Blissett, East Kootenay Forest Educator at the following address: [email protected].

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