Fundy Model Forest helps develop and deliver outdoor ecological programs for schools to provide students with opportunities to experience the forest as they learn about this valuable resource. The programs also help the students, many of whom come from urban areas, understand how the forest is connected to their daily lives. We believe it is important to increase their ecology understanding as they are tomorrow’s decision-makers.
Programs now receiving funding support:
Awareness of Forest and Stream Ecology
Affiliation: Canaan-Washademoak Watershed Association
Description: This is a multi-year project to develop and deliver this experiential education program to students in the Canaan-Washademoak watershed (Cambridge-Narrows, Cole’s Island and Havelock schools) and eventually beyond the watershed. Five teaching modules (Forest, Stream, Watershed Characteristics, Wetlands and Water Quality and Stewardship of Local Waterways) have been developed and presented with great success during the year 2006-2007.
This phase of the project involves development and delivery of two additional modules: Food Webs: Terrestrial and Aquatic and Winter Ecology in Forests and Streams.
Long term Objective: To increase ecological literacy and foster a stewardship ethic regarding our valuable natural resources.
Related Publication: Awareness of Stream Ecology, Year End report 2007 (pdf)
Outdoor Education: The Forest in Winter
Affiliation: Elmhurst Outdoors
Description: Students are bused to Elmhurst Outdoors, an outdoor education and recreation centre, where they are broken into two groups. One is introduced to the sport of snowshoeing and participates in an interpretative hike through a stand of Acadian forest. The other is given an introductory lesson in cross-country skiing and ski groomed trails throughout the forest of Elmhurst Outdoors. The equipment is provided.
Objective: To introduce students to the forest ecosystem in winter and to introduce them to outdoor winter recreational activities.