Environmental & Forest Education in the Classroom: Summary of Key Workshop Findings
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
A fun memory style game to improve knowledge of key characteristics of 20 tree species.
2018: Climate Change
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.
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.
How Much Wood?
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.
Students will learn about forest certification programs and how they are administered.
Parts of Tree
Learn about the parts of a tree and their function with this handy factsheet.
Forest Growth & Carbon Capture
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.
Weird Wood Flashcards – Jr
Have you ever wondered where the man-made things around you come from? All of them had to come from somewhere! These fun flashcards cards can be printed and will help students learn where everyday wood products come from. They may even find the some surprising items are made with wood.
Students will explore how plant growth can be affected by soil and soil health.