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Huestis Demonstration Forest

Huestis Demonstration Forest

On May 28, the grade 4 students of Whitecourt Central and St. Joseph's School were invited to Huestis Demonstration Forest for a phenomenal day of active learning in the outdoors. When we arrived on site, we were greeted by 30 experts who had organized hands on activities for our students. During the day, students gained a richer appreciation for forestry, wildlife, environmental stewardship, indigenous plant life, fire safety, and outdoor survival.

Students loved the interactivity of matching tracks and scat to wildlife, the guided walk through the forest looking for wildlife signs, the ability to touch indigenous trees of Alberta, identifying the danger areas of a camp site, locating an geocache, finding edible plants, planning how to fight a forest fire, observing how a trapper prepares a beaver hide for sale, and planting a seedling. While students rotated through activities, they bubbled over with questions for the experts on site.

This event wouldn't be possible without a multiple group of partners who pulled together to organize and fund this event. Special thanks to Inside Education, Alberta Environment, Woodlands County, Alberta Trappers Association, Millar Western, West Fraser, and Alberta Newsprint Company for creating a special learning opportunity for our students. We are truly blessed to live in the Forest Capital of Canada!

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