Our Forestry Connects program gives Ontario high school students a first-hand look at what it’s like to work in forestry. Since 2010, we’ve taken over 500 students and teachers into Ontario’s forests to meet with foresters, operators, First Nations, and biologists to learn everything there is to know about growing and sustainably managing Ontario’s forests.
From visits to local mills and harvesting operations to lessons on local wildlife and the identification of different trees, we demonstrate the importance of forests to local communities, and the complexity of forest management and planning. By the end of the program, students should better understand the integral role forests play in cleaning our air and water, regulating Ontario’s climate, and creating products we rely on every day.
In previous years, Algonquin Provincial Park and Renfrew County have hosted Forestry Connects program visits. We have also offered the program using a single day workshop format to connect more schools with our forests. We continue to look for opportunities to expand the Forestry Connects program to more communities across Ontario so that we can expose students to an even wider range of people, communities and forestry experiences. If you’re a teacher interested in bringing your students to a participating forest, or you’re an industry member interested in hosting a school visit in your community, get in touch to learn more.