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Debbie Sluggett, Kalon Nahachewsky (Educational Liaisons)
Debbie Bazett (Forest Education Coordinator, COFI - Southern Operations)

National Forest Week 2006 - "The Amazing Diversity of BC's Forests"

Presenters, Ron Brinnen and Nick Watkins entertain students in Falkland , complete with props!!

Once again, our National Forest Week presentations have been a big success.  This year's lesson plan was developed by Susan Bondar, Debbie Bazett and Kalon Nahachewsky and focused on some of the main forest types in the Southern Interior of BC. Forest specimens and visuals were used to help teach students about our local dry Forests, wet forests, pine forests and high elevation forests.


Forest Educator, Kalon Nahachewsky presents the NFW lesson to a class of elementary students .

Many thanks to the many, many forestry personnel and volunteers who, as always, were there to help us out!!  In the Okanagan-Columbia, from Golden to Osoyoos, we visited approximately 7500 students with 53 volunteer presenters.  This is incredible!! We couldn't do this "blitz" without our volunteers!  I know the other educators feel the same way.  In total, over 13,000 students and teachers received presentations throughout the Cariboo, Thompson, West Kootenay and Okanagan-Columbia.  As a result, we all know a little more about the various forest types that exist in BC's Interior. 




  1. The lesson will go up on our website, www.learnforestry.com later this spring.
  2. The official week for "National Forest Week" has moved to September, but our event is very large and takes a lot of preparation and scheduling, so we will continue to celebrate in the spring. just before teachers start taking their students outdoors to explore their environment. 


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