International Year of Caves and Karst
The BC Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development, Association of BC Forest Professionals and BC Coalition of National Forest Week recognize 2021 as the International Year of Caves and Karst.
A sampling of educational materials produced by instructors and institutions in BC when classes shifted online due to COVID-19:
- Virtual Forest Tour in Pacific Spirit Park, by Dr. Nina Hewitt (Department of Geography, Faculty of Science, UBC). Hewitt created the video in spring 2020 as a substitute for in-person field trips for the UBC Geography course: Our Changing Environment: Climates and Ecosystems. Hewitt also produced an augmented reality app version of the tour.
- Dr. Patrick Culbert (Faculty of Forestry, UBC) created a series of forest-walk videos on the UBC FRST350 (Foundational Field School) YouTube Channel. The videos cover a wide range of forestry topics. The first is an introduction by Dr. Culbert.
- Hélène Marcoux, BCIT Forest and Natural Areas Management faculty member, produced a series of Youtube videos called “Interviews with Plants,” including one on Pacific ninebark (Physocarpus capitatus).
- A Walk in the Forest (3.12’ video)
A Walk in the Woods – Willow River Demonstration Forest
- Chapter 1 – Coniferous Trees (2:09′);
- Chapter 2 – Deciduous Trees (3:56′);
- Chapter 3 – Wildlife (2:27′);
- Chapter 4 – Nutrition (1:30′);
- Chapter 5 – Succession (1:50′);
- Chapter 6 – Management (2:16′);
- Chapter 7- Fire (4:28′).
What foresters do
- BC’s Forests Require Special Care – Professional Reliance and Forest Professionals (4.23’ video)
First Nations and forests
- Definition of Indigenous (2.26’ video)
If you’re planning a trip outdoors, leave a trip plan. AdventureSmart, a national prevention program for Canadians and visitors who participate in outdoor recreational activities, offers an app to help plan your outdoor excursion, as well as a other safety information and a video to help you plan a safe trip.
Forests and climate change
- Tackling climate change – use wood (5.34’ video)
- Forest products are part of the climate change solution (2.12’ video)
- Genomics in Society, a collaborative UBC initiative with the purpose of developing multimedia online educational materials tailored to the BC high school science curriculum, with a specific focus on connections to Indigenous heritage, community, and traditional knowledge.
Tree seed production for regeneration
Tree and wood identification
- Posters of BC trees
- Tree and wood teacher reference kit
- Tree Identification lesson (PDF file)
- Tree Identification lesson support notes (PDF file)
- Tree Identification lesson answer sheet (PDF file)
- Introduction to bird identification – wings, beaks, feet, songs (21.48’ video)
- Merlin Bird ID, Cornell University, bird identification using basic information, such as size, colour, location;
- BirdNET, Cornell University, features app to record, analyze, and identify birds by sounds;
- eBIrd, Cornell Lab of Ornithology, bird identification and the ability to create checklists.
Forest animals in the winter
- Scavenger Hunt: Preparing for Winter Forest lesson (PDF file)
- Scavenger Hunt: picture guide lesson (PDF file)
- Hibernation adaptation introduction lesson (Power point file)
Ordering promotional materials
- To obtain the various promotional items, download and complete the Handout Materials Request Form BCNFW 2021.
Enquiries to see if seedings are available.
Field day example
In addition, check out the BC tree posters as an additional resource.