BC Interior Forest Education News
COFI South Forest Education
Debbie Bazett (Forest Educator)
Forest Education Van Fall Tours
The Interior Logging Association's forest education van has been a very well-used education tool since its inception in 2001. Travelling to many schools and community events throughout the year, its large, colourful exterior murals depict the history of logging and modern harvesting practices. A walk through the van shows visitors many diverse aspects of the forest industry, from the trees we harvest to human and nature's uses of the forest, wildlife trees and wood products.
Over the fall, the van toured to forest education events and community fairs in the West Kootenay and travelled to the Kamloops region for BC Rivers Day. As well, Grades 1, 3 and 5 students visited the van at a local Kelowna elementary school one day in November. Presenters included Betty-Ann MacDonald and Ann Polson from the Canadian Women in Timber, Debbie Bazett from the Council of Forest Industries and Joel Springer from Gorman Brothers Industries.
NEW RESOURCES FOR THE FOREST EDUCATION VAN
COFI South Forest Education developed several new resources for the forest education van in the past year. These include a watershed poster (watershed lesson package and poster pdf available for download on www.learnforestry.com), as well as a new picture series for the van's interior display.
Annual Okanagan College Career Fair
COFI South Forest Educator, Debbie Bazett organized and hosted a booth at Okanagan College's 2009 Fall Career Fair in early November, with many thanks to local forest professionals from Tolko Industries and Gorman Brothers Lumber for attending the career fair to share their expertise at the forestry booth. This event is the Interior’s largest career fair, giving students a chance to meet regional, national and international employers and to learn about college and university programs along with other post-secondary career and training options available.
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