Nature Word Search
Find & define these words in this word search to learn more about our environment!
Take or find a picture of these pieces of nature to get five in a row for bingo!
2020: Waste Management
An indicator of a healthy ecosystem is its ability to naturally decompose wastes into smaller base components – for example, water, minerals, and nutrients – which are ultimately recycled back into the environment. Compared to other organisms, humans generate a variety of wastes that cannot be processed by natural systems, and as such must be managed through collective human action. Effective waste management systems must engage multiple stakeholders on several fronts and include education, hazard reduction and waste diversion components.
This guide will explore several waste management systems including landfill, compost and recycling programs, incineration, and reduction-diversion strategies.
Forests Ontario’s Response to Ontario’s Forest Sector Strategy
Forests Ontario is proud to have been recognized as a leader in forestry education opportunities for our youth in the Ministry of Nature Resources and Forestry’s ‘A Blueprint for Success: Ontario’s Forest Sector Strategy’. Our forests are one of our most important resources and provide us with a wide range of ecological, social, and economic values. The sustainable management of our forests, and the assurance that all of the values we derive from them are provided over the long-term, requires ongoing effort and dialogue.
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.