Cariboo Forest Education Highlights
Al Menduk (Forest Educator)
Cariboo forest educator, Al Menduk visited a number of elementary classrooms in his area during the early part of 2009, presenting the Gr. 3 and 5 forest education units, "Community Development- the History of Logging" and "Our Living Resource- the Forest". As well, he worked to develop local information and resources to accompany these kits, incorporating the history of logging in the Cariboo region, along with additional supplementary resource materials for use in the delivery of the Gr. 3 and 5 kits, to make them more relevant to local students and teachers. The newly-updated resource materials were distributed to all elementary schools in School District 27 during the school year.
Gavin Lake Forest Education Society
This year, Cariboo Forest Education again provided financial support towards the delivery of the Grade 6 Forest Education program at Gavin Lake Camp.
The Gavin Lake Forest Education Society (GLFES) began in 1996 and averages two thousand visitors each year, promoting outdoor education and an understanding of the complexities of life in the forests. Gavin Lake Camp provides a first-class outdoor education facility for elementary school children in the Cariboo-Chilcotin, with most of the school programs at the camp developed for the Gr. 6 level. In gearing the education material to one grade, this allows the program to reach the greatestnumber of children possible from two different school districts and three localcommunities.
|Cariboo Forester John Stace-Smith with Gr. 6 students on a winter trek on the Forestry Decision Trail at Gavin Lake camp.
Each year, about 750 grade 6 children from Quesnel, 100 Mile House, and Williams Lake have the opportunity to attend a 3-day sponsored, curriculum-based adventure, with programs alternating from year to year to accommodate repeat visitors from the split classes that are common in our region. The majority of the students come out in the fall, at the beginning of the school year, with smaller sessions operating in the summer and winter. Activities focus on topics such as tree planting and ID, rainbow trout ecology, orienteering, canoeing and archery, watershed health, bark beetles and endangered species.
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