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Debbie Bazett (Forest Educator)

Logging Book Donation Made to Southern Interior Elementary Schools

T.Hawkins at ILA
Author Terrianne Hawkings at the ILA 2009 Tradeshow and AGM in Vernon with her new "Logger's Alphabet" books.

Several hundred copies of the new forestry book, "The Logger's Alphabet", were purchased by COFI South Forest Education and have been distributed to all elementary school libraries in the Southern Interior.

The new book targets middle elementary students and was written by teacher Terrianne Hawkings about her family's logging operation in the Kamloops Forest District. With its alphabetized text and its close-up photos of the big machines used in the forest industry, it will be sure to provide lots of visual appeal, as well as being informative!! (ED NOTE: For further information about ordering, contact Terrianne at: [email protected] or call 250-579-0229 )

Also purchased by COFI South Forest Education this year were sets of elementary level forest education books for each Southern Interior forest education zone. These book sets were donated to the school district resource centers and will be available for teachers for use in their classrooms.  


Forestry Week 2009- "The Importance of Our Community Watersheds"

watershed diagramThis year's Forestry Week 2009 lesson, "The Importance of our Community Watersheds", was successfully presented to approximately 3800 students by thirty volunteer forest professionals at elementary schools around the Thompson Forest Education zone.  The watershed lesson presentation was developed as a joint project by Thompson, Okanagan/Columbia and COFI forest educators and will be posted on the Learn Forestry website for teachers to access for use in their classrooms.

A new watershed poster developed by COFI South Forest Education as a visual resource to accompany the lesson will be available on the Learn Forestry site for downloading, as well as being on display with the Interior Logging Association's forest education van resources.

(To view or download this year's Forestry Week 2009 lesson package and/or the new watershed poster, check out the Learn Forestry site at under Lesson Plans- Forestry Week.)

Forest Education Van Visits Family Environment Day

Tolko Forrester, Environmental Day,
Tolko Forester, Bob Bazett, talks to young visitors about forest education resources on display at Family Environment Day in Kelowna.

COFI South Forest Education hosted the Interior Logging Association's forest education van in early April at Family Environment Day in Kelowna, assisted by Robert Bazett from Tolko Industries. The perfect weather brought out several hundred parents and children, many of whom visited the forest education van booth to see the display, collect handouts, pick up a seedling (courtesy of the Kamloops Woodlot Society) and tour the forest education van.

COFI South Forest Education has overseen the development of some new resources for the forest education van this year. A watershed poster was created for Forestry Week 2009 school presentations and is now on display in the forest education van, along with some new forest education posters and a new pictorial series on forests and water for the van's interior display. 

Forest Ed display Forest Education Van

Environmental Mind Grind 2009 May Playoffs Award Winning Teams
Media Release

OKM donationNine teams were rewarded for their environmental smarts at the 10th annual Terasen Gas Environmental Mind Grind B.C. Championships in May.  A total of 14 high school, six middle school and nine elementary school teams from Kamloops, Nanaimo, the Shuswap and the North, Central and South Okanagan faced off at the Creekside Community Theater in Lake Country to test their knowledge about all things green.

With hundreds of parents, friends and fellow students cheering them on, Home Learners of Penticton won the hotly contested Elementary School Division and $1,000 for their school. Skaha Lake Middle School, also from Penticton, placed second.

Okanagan Mission Secondary School from Kelowna won the coveted first place in the Middle School category. Skaha Lake Middle School placed second after playing several tightly- contested games.

The "Most Sportsmanlike" $100 prize was awarded to Skaha Lake Middle School in both elementary and middle school categories.

Terasen Gas bursaryCompetition was fierce in the high school category, as teams competed for $1,000 bursaries per team member, courtesy of Terasen Gas. After a long battle, Team 2 from Rutland Secondary School in Kelowna took home first prize. Okanagan Mission Secondary School also from Kelowna placed second, with each team member winning a $300 bursary. Chase Secondary won for the Most Sportsman-like team.

“All the games were really close and fast-paced,” says Tracy Guidi, an Environmental Technician from the City of Kelowna and one of the organizers. “The games were exciting to watch, but probably most amazing was the amount of environmental information these kids learned. I think all the adults watching the games were in awe.”

The Environmental Mind Grind contest helps students learn about local environmental issues and motivates them and their families to live more sustainably.

Environmental Education 2009 partners for EMG included the City of Kelowna, Regional District of Central Okanagan, City of Kamloops, Nanaimo Recycling Exchange, Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen and the North Okanagan Regional District. Proud sponsors included Terasen Gas, FortisBC, Council of Forest Industries, OK Environmental Waste Systems, ProductCare, Tetra Pak and Battery Doctors.)


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