Students learn during National Forest Week

Raft River Elementary students take part in a field trip on Clearwater’s hospital walking trail

Sarah van Englen and Alyssa Ball hug a tree during a field trip to the hospital walking trail during National Forest Week.

Raft River Elementary students were fortunate to be part of Forest Week by taking part in a field trip on Clearwater’s hospital walking trail.

Organized by Abbey Bates and Bas Delaney, the field trip used a station approach to teach the 60-plus students learned about the forest.

Heather MacLennan had some very interesting news about forest health (the big bugs in the cases were a hit!).

Orienteering and locating a treasure taught compass work and Josee Qureshi from Ministry of Forests was a very animated educator on forest biodiversity.

Richard Freeman from Natural Resources and Barry Bamford, a Clearwater councillor, did a wonderful job explaining ungulates. Did you know ungulates have multiple stomachs and split hooves!

Sharon Neufeld taught the students all about several plants that can be eaten (or not) and/or used for medicinal purposes.

Kim Muddiman was at the tree identification station and wowed the students with the tree bore implement and counting tree rings.

The volunteers were exemplary and the learning was terrific!

 

This field trip provided an excellent opportunity for students in understanding one of the main natural resources in our own back yards.