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UBC Hosts Teacher Professional Development Day Workshops- "Forestry: Science Made Practical"

Lesley Fettes- Forestry Admissions Advisor, UBC Faculty of Forestry

On April 28, the Faculty of Forestry at UBC hosted the third annual Professional Development workshop for teachers. The day included Forestry 101, an introduction to Forests and Forestry, two workshops and an ecology lesson. The first workshop illustrated the use of computer modeling in land use management decisions; the teachers were also introduced to FORTOON*, an educational game designed to help students learn about resource management. Dr. Rob Guy and his Master's student Hannah Bauchhaus delivered the second workshop on the physiological adaptations of leaves to sun and shade. We learned how to impose an image on a leaf! The day wrapped up with an ecology tour of Pacific Spirit Park led by PhD student Heather Coleman .

Participants commented, "Thank you once again for a great day today. I learned some new things about today's forest industry and got some great resources" and "Dr. Guy was a great presenter; easy-to-understand, animated and showed examples that could be used in the classroom. [The presenters] have practical knowledge that made the tour informative and interesting.

(*If you are interested in learning more about the forest management game FORTOON or in receiving a copy of the game, please contact Lesley Fettes at [email protected] for more information.)


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