Students Arrive to Learn More About Forestry
Lessons in tree planting one of the aspects of forestry to be explored by visiting students – photo courtesy Prince George Yellowhead Rotary
Prince George, B.C.- Today through Sunday, dozens of students from across the country will be in Prince George to learn about the forest industry and the environment.
“Adventures in Forestry and Environmental Studies” is a program operated by the Prince George Yellowhead Rotary in collaboration with industry, government and post secondary institutions. The programs gives grade 10, 11 and 12 high school students first hand experience.
“Students, from Prince George and elsewhere, can glean information from educators and working professionals. Asking questions, directly, of those “ in the know” is a huge bonus for the students.” explains Prince George Yellowhead Rotary President Janine Fraser.
The program incorporates the latest technology providing new and innovative techniques with an on site experience. This year the itinerary includes: PG Sawmill, Canfor Pulp and Paper Mill, the Wood Innovation Design Centre, a forest site, the Air Tanker Base, MacMillan Creek and both the College of New Caledonia and University of Northern British Columbia.
The students take part in a number of tours including local industry, a forest site, the Wood Innovation Design Centre and then learn about related programs offered at UNBC and the College of New Caledonia.
“This three-day program of hands-on activities introduces participants to various educational paths, as well as the career paths that would follow” says Fraser “everything from on the ground tree planting opportunities to activities with environmental biologists studying rivers and ecosystems.”
More than 700 students have gone through the program since it started in 1990.