Forest Ecosystems

Ecolog HomeCome 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 for more information on the Forest Stewardship Council and the criteria and principles that are followed in order to be certified.

Interprative hikes - by Kim Higgins

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

Tree Marking

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.

Sawmill tours - by Camerson Ferguson

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! Paddle shop tours - by Cameron FergusonThe 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

Inside the logging museumVisiting 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. Maple syrup bucketThis 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!


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Expectations for Grade 9

Geography: Applied and Academic
Space and Systems
SE.BKU1 – use the terms and concepts associated with regions
SE.BKU2 – describe selected characteristics of natural systems
SE.BKU3 – describe how natural and human systems interact within selected Canadian ecozones.
SE.LTA2 – evaluate how well Canadian natural systems are protected

Human Environment Interactions
SE.BKU1 – describe the role of key stakeholders in protecting the environment.
SE.BKU2 – describe the techniques used in various forms of resource extraction
SE.BKU4 – identify the locations and determine the relative importance of Canada's major energy sources
SE.DPS3 – describe the views of key stakeholders on a local environmental issue

Understanding and Managing Change
SE.BKU1 – describe the calculations and criteria used to determine their "ecological footprint"
SE.BKU2 – explain the relationship between stewardship, sustainability, and change in Canada's consumption of energy and other resource-use practices.

Understanding and Managing Change
SE.LTA2 – predict various global environmental changes and the impact they may have in the future on occupations of Canadians in various sectors of the economy