Come discover how Haliburton Forest operates as a sustainable forest. There are many different ways to experience the forest, you may choose one opportunity or them all for the entire perspective. Your opportunities will consist of the following: going for a interpretive and identification hike, visiting the logging museum, viewing the saw mill, attending the paddle shop, hiking through the sugar bush, and participating in tree marking exercises. The experiences are unforgettable!
In 1998, Haliburton Forest was awarded the distinction of being the first Canadian forest to meet the strict guidelines set by the international Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and thus received Canada's first Sustainable Forest Certificate, which has been renewed annually since then (FSC-C118457). This certification is recognition of Haliburton Forest's management strategy which incorporates both the social and environmental factors that impact the forest and local community. Please see www.fsc.org for more information on the Forest Stewardship Council and the criteria and principles that are followed in order to be certified.
Identification and Interpretive Hikes
Our experienced staff would like nothing more than to treat your students to an educational walk through the woods. Students will learn how to identify trees, plants, and even animal markings. Students will be intrigued to learn how trees impact their lives, like how Buckley's comes from Balsam Fir trees. Come let us teach your students about our 22 different tree species and their applications or uses, while hiking or biking right near base camp.
Tree Marking – Being a Forester
Students will be interested in the unique way Haliburton Forest operates a forestry business. Allow your students the opportunity to participate in single-tree selection tree marking activities to learn how trees are carefully chosen from our forest. Students will discover what role a tree plays within an ecosystem and the vigilant precautions taken while tree marking. In the end, students will have a full understanding how Haliburton Forest operates a sustainable forestry business.
Saw Mill Tours
Haliburton Forest also has a saw mill 3kms from base camp, where students can learn how the trees are processed.
Students will create a more in depth understanding of the sustainable forestry operation. Pairing this saw mill tour with the other forestry activities really allows students to create a picture of the entire process, from selecting the trees to developing a product. Provide your students with the opportunity to see the starting of a natural resource to its completion.
The Paddle Shop
Haliburton Forest is a place that sees new opportunities all the time. New to the Forest is our Paddle Shop! The Forest took on the paddle making process and decided it was a great way to utilize its own wood. So, don't just stop at the Saw Mill, bring your students to see an actual final product from The Forest. Students will be walked through the process of creating a paddle to understand how we develop products in a sustainable manner. Students will be surprised the amount of paddles we can create in one week. Maybe your students will leave inspired to create their own wood products?
The Logging Museum
Visiting our Logging Museum will allow students to put into perspective the historical methods behind forestry and how Haliburton Forest has changed over the years. Students will discover how The Forest adapts to environmental and economic changes throughout time. This tour is a valuable and much needed addition to the other sustainable forest management programs.
Our Sugar Bush
In the spring, our maple trees are just bursting with sap for the production of maple syrup. Join one of our facilitation staff or our biologist for an in depth look at the creation of maple syrup. This is an opportunity for students to witness a food product coming directly from the forest. Students can hike or snowshoe through the sugar bush and be given a tour through the sugar shack. This is a once in a year experience that must be had by all! Don't stop there, ask about our other food productions from The Forest!
For inquires and program pricing please contact our facilitation staff at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Expectations for Grade 8
SE.KU3 – explain how the availability of economic resources influences the economic success of a region
SE.KU4 – identify and give examples of the three major types of industries – primary (resource), secondary (manufacturing), and tertiary (service) – and describe how these industries have developed in Canada