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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.

  • Other
  • 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

Forest Certification

Grade 9 to Grade 12

Students will learn about forest certification programs and how they are administered.

  • Lesson Plans
  • Indoors
  • Business/Economics
  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • Communication
  • Inquiry
  • Research

Parts of Tree

Grade 2 to Grade 5

Learn about the parts of a tree and their function with this handy factsheet.

  • Fact Sheets
  • biology
  • Science
  • Language Arts

Forest Growth & Carbon Capture

Grade 9 to Grade 12

In this lesson, students will learn about the dynamic growth rate of a tree as it ages and the variable environmental factors that affect its growth.

  • Lesson Plans
  • Indoors
  • Math
  • Numeracy

Upcoming Events

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