Okanagan-Columbia Forest Education Highlights
Debbie Sluggett, Kalon Nahachewsky
(Educational Liaisons working for Okanagan-Columbia Companies)
Debbie Bazett (Forest Education Coordinator, COFI - Southern Operations)
Terasen Gas Mind Grind Challenges Students' Environmental Knowledge
Elementary and middle school teams competed this year at the eighth annual Terasen Gas Environmental Mind Grind Challenge. Held on April 21 in honour of Earth Day, this event took place in several communities around the Thompson/ Okanagan, including Kamloops, Vernon, Kelowna and Penticton.
Kelowna crowds gather to cheer for local EMG teams.
After weeks of preparation, 86 teams of students gathered to compete and demonstrate their knowledge of local environmental issues, responding to skill- testing questions in areas such as forestry, waste reduction, water and energy conservation, air quality and endangered species.
Up for grabs were prizes such as school or class pizza and ice cream parties, polar fleece vests and financial awards. First and second place teams at the elementary and middle school levels continued on to compete at the BC Championships on May 5 in Kelowna.
For the third year, the Council of Forest Industries (COFI) was an EMG sponsor, providing forestry study materials and questions, participating in a public education mall display and contributing financial support. Deb Bazett from COFI Southern Interior Forest Education represented COFI as committee member and forestry contributor, while Susan Bondar, Thompson Forest Educator, supported the Kamloops EMG planning committee. The title backer was Terasen Gas, with a number of regional and local sponsors also coming on board.
Congratulations to all of the partners who supported this worthwhile event and to all of the committees in the various communities who worked so hard to make the EMG Challenge a reality once again this year!!