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Friday, October 21, 2011

Forest Festival Ends Today

Grey Bruce | by Daryl Morris  

Over 900 Grade 7 students have been learning about forests in Grey Bruce.

The second annual Bruce-Grey Forest Festival wraps up Friday.

Over 900 grade seven students from 24 area schools are attending the three day event at the Allan Park Conservation area in West Grey.

Coordinator Karen Mortimer says 32 different stations are set up to help kids learn in a fun, interactive way.

She says they will learn about everything to do with forest resources -- from ecosystems and sustainability, to conservation, stewardship and climate change.

Those all link in with the Ontario curriculum, in areas of Science & Technology, Geography, and Social Studies.

Mortimer says it's important for students to be aware of the forestry industry, as they prepare to move into high school and begin choosing career paths.

She says the forestry industry has been a very important part of the Grey-Bruce economy, but it's been overlooked.

The festival also incorporates secondary students as  volunteers and peer leaders to guide the younger students through activities.

The festival began on Tuesday.

The Allan Park Conservation Area is closed to the general public because of the festival, but will reopen as usual on Saturday.

The Bruce-Grey Forest Festival is only the second of its kind in Ontario.

It is a combined effort between the Saugeen Conservation Area, the Bluewater District School Board, the local forestry and lumber sector, the Ontario Trillium Foundation, as well as other community sources.


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