Susan Bondar (Forest
I'm sure all the other Forest
Educators will concur..
it has been a really busy spring! Now that the word is out regarding
more forest educators covering the province's southern interior,
both teachers and public have put in many requests. Isn't it great
to be needed, wanted and requested?? I am really enjoying both
the variety and the opportunities the Forest Educator position
has given me. A big "Thank you!!" to Debbie Sluggett
and Jeannie Steele for their vision a few years ago to expand the
program to cover the Interior of BC, along with assistance from
forest education coordinator, Debbie Bazett (COFI Southern Operations).
Spring 2006 National
Forest Week Presentations
It was a pleasure to work on the 2006 National
Forest Week Presentation with Debbie Bazett (COFI) and Kalon
Nahachewsky (Okanagan/Columbia Forest Education). The topic chosen
was 'forest types', titled "The
Amazing Diversity of BC's Forests". The basis of
the lesson was the Biogeoclimatic System, commonly used for British
Columbia forest management. We developed the lesson around four
forest types; dry, pine, wet and high elevation, designed an activity
board to portray the four forests and a Forest Mystery Bag as part
of the props and used the Biogeoclimatic map to enhance the lesson.
All the visuals and hands-on materials proved to be great learning
tools and assisted the presenters with the lesson. Once again,
volunteer Forestry Personnel were trained and then presented several
40 minute lessons in local elementary schools. This year's National
Forest Week lesson was well-received by teachers, students and
Susan Bondar, Thompson forest educator, presents to students
inside the forest education van in the Thompson zone.
Forest Education Van Tours in the Thompson
A valuable forest resource for teachers and students is the Interior
Logging Association's Forest Education Van. Welcome
back to Geoff Smart, the summer student (now UBC Alumni), who shared
the workload. The students really enjoy his goofy jokes, sense
of humour and, most of all, his knowledge. We still have School
District #74 (Gold Trail) to cover.
Students from Kamloops district schools are again taking
part in tree planting activities at McQueen Lake this year.
am always really impressed by the volunteers that assist with the
forest ed van tours. We have had Forestry Personnel from Industry,
Consultants, BCTS, MOF, Natural Resource Science Students, and
the public (my mother), all of which are willing to give of their
time. The volunteers get the 10-minute tour and lesson of the van,
then share their knowledge, experiences and personalities with
the students. We are so fortunate to have this wonderful resource!!
Some new experiences for me this year have been:
- participating in a Career Fair for Grade
10 Students for SD #73
- organizing a tour of Tolko's Heffley Plywood Plant for
a Grade 6 class
- hosting training
workshops for the Grade 5 Forestry Kit -'Our
Living Resource: The Forest' and 'Train the Presenter' workshops
for classroom presenters
- participating in the Environmental Mind Grind school
- attending the ForestEd West II Conference in
Have a great summer!!
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