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Environmental & Forest Education in the Classroom: Summary of Key Workshop Findings

Environmental & Forest Education in the Classroom: Summary of Key Workshop Findings

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The long-term well being of our forests is dependent upon engaging and fostering future environmental stewards. However, reaching youth through the school system is becoming increasingly challenging, and many organizations across the province and country have noted barriers in delivering meaningful and sustainable education programs.

In response, Forests Ontario, PLT Canada, and CIF-IFC facilitated a workshop in April, 2019 to discuss the state of environmental and forest education in Ontario, explore the barriers to program delivery, and uncover opportunities to increase participation and impact.

We are pleased now to share a summary report of the workshop and our key findings.

    Leaf It To Memory

    Leaf It To Memory

    Grade 2 to Grade 6

    A fun memory style game to improve knowledge of key characteristics of  20 tree species.

    • Activities
    • Indoor
    • biology
    • Science
    • Observation
    2018: Climate Change

    2018: Climate Change

    Grade 9 to Grade 12

    Climate change is characterized by an alteration in global or regional climate patterns. It is currently projected that by 2050 average temperatures will rise between 2.5°C-3.7 °C. It is crucial that countries take united action in order to combat the global increase in temperature. If no action is taken, countries across the globe will experience, among others, degraded water supplies, reduced biodiversity, and increased threats to human health as a result of smog and disease intensities.

    While climate change does present significant challenges ahead, it also provides an opportunity for innovation and creative problem solving. Canada has the potential to become a world leader in the fight against climate change thanks to the expansion of the global green economy and increasing public interest.

    • Study Guides
    • Indoor
    • biology
    • Environmental Science
    • Science
    • Social Science
    2019: Agroecology

    2019: Agroecology

    Grade 9 to Grade 12

    Broadly speaking, agroecology is the application of ecological concepts and principles to agriculture. Agroecology as a system optimizes interactions between plants, animals, humans and the environment while safeguarding the social aspects of a sustainable and fair food system. It is believed that agroecology can deliver food security and ecosystem health, while still promoting economic stability. In saying this, agroecology is location and situation specific – there is not a “one size fits all” approach. Rather, it offers a set of principles to govern food and farming systems – approaches that can be locally-adapted and regionally applied.

    With increasing pressure on ecosystems and biodiversity, the demand for sustainable farming practices has never been greater. Through this study guide students will be introduced to agroecology, its key principals and the benefits of agroecology.

    • Study Guides
    • Indoor
    • Agriculture
    • biology
    • Geography
    • Science

    How Much Wood?

    Grade to Grade

    Students will learn how to conduct a forest resource inventory and practice taking tree measurements in order to calculate the quantity and financial value of wood in a forested area.

    • Lesson Plans
    • Indoors/Outdoors
    • Math
    • Measurement
    • Numeracy

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    Ontario Envirothon Webinar – Agroecology

    February 21st, 2019

    Agroecological practices are characterized by on-farm biodiversity and recycling local natural materials to promote the conservation and improvement of soil and water resources. Join in on Feb. 21st at 1:00 pm as we explore how this socially and environmentally sustainable approach can feed our global community. An excellent opportunity to learn more about the 2019 Current Issue topic for Ontario Envirothon as well!

    Pre-registration is required, click here to save your spot.

    Location
    Online
    Link
    bit.ly
    Email
    envirothon@forestsontario.ca

    Ontario Envirothon Webinar – Biomimicy

    January 22nd, 2019

    Join us as on Jan. 22nd at 10:30 am as Dr. Jamie Miller explores biomimicry and the way that nature is transforming the way we think, behave and create. Think for example, of walls that can breathe like skin, buildings that can self-heal, and communities that generate zero waste like a forest. Excellent preparation for the 2019 Ontario Envirothon season.

    Pre-registration is required, click here to sign up.

    Location
    Online
    Link
    bit.ly
    Email
    envirothon@forestsontario.ca

    University of Toronto Schools Takes First Place in Ontario’s Largest Environmental Competition

    Posted: May 31, 2018

    More than 120 high school students from across the province took part in the 2018 Ontario Envirothon, an intensive multi-day competition held at the University of Waterloo. This year, University of Toronto Schools won first place out of 21 teams, becoming the Ontario Envirothon Provincial Champions. Competitors were tested on their knowledge of aquatics, soils,... Read More

    Ontario School Counsellor’s Association Conference

    November 6th–7th, 2017

    Forests Ontario is pleased to be attending the annual OSCA conference to share information about forestry careers and educational resources.  Stop by our booth to learn more!

    Location
    International Plaza Hotel & Conference Centre
    Link
    www.osca.ca

    York Tree Bee

    November 7th, 2017

    Tree Bee is returning to York Region for the third year and we are inviting grade 4, 5 & 6 teachers to register up to 20 students in teams of 1 to 4, there is no cost to participate. The competition will run from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm.

    Pre-registration is required. Follow the EventBrite link to get your tickets starting Sept. 6, 2017.

    Location
    Newmarket
    Link
    www.eventbrite.ca