Education and Curriculum Development
Education as a Key to Sustaining Forests and Forest Communities
The Manitoba Model Forest (MBMF) strives to provide educational opportunities through all of its programs and operations. The MBMF itself was designed to bring people of different backgrounds together to learn and appreciate the individual values of the forest that each person brings. Education of our youth is seen as a key step in ensuring the sustainability of the forest and the communities it supports. This is achieved by involving students and young adults in monitoring projects to promote a desire to further their education in the field of science or by providing a broad range of training in the field of resource management to assist them in identifying career opportunities. The MBMF also develops curriculum, for use in Manitoba schools, which provides the opportunity for students to gain a deeper understanding of forests and their ecosystem components than is available in their textbooks alone.
The MBMF provides support for post secondary education, through the Winnipeg River Learning Centre, which allows local people to remain within their community while they gain additional training to improve their employment opportunities or seek to change careers in an evolving economy. Education is also provided to residents of forest communities on the local effects of climate change and for private landowners in techniques for the sustainable management of their forests.
Education and Curriculum Development Projects
Education and Curriculum Development is organized under the MBMF Education Working Group and all Education projects are described within Annual Work Plans.
Some of the projects currently undertaken within Education are featured in the links at the top of the page and publications produced for these and other projects can be viewed and downloaded from the Publications page.
In addition to the projects featured in the links on this Education home page, the following are a sample of other ongoing educational projects:
The MBMF provides support to the Manitoba Forestry Association in delivering the Manitoba Envirothon. The Manitoba Envirothon is a hands-on environmental education program that brings high school teams together from across the province to compete in field trials and oral presentations on a current environmental theme. The winning team goes on to represent Manitoba in the Canon Envirothon that brings together winning teams from across North America.
The MBMF assists in delivering a Summer Institute for Teachers program and a Forest Ed program for high school teachers, which provides them with the opportunity to participate in field tours that demonstrates forest management practices and provides hands-on experience in boreal forest ecology. One day training workshops are also provided for high school teachers on natural resource management issues. Ideas learned from the training programs can then be taken back to the school and used in the classroom. For more information on the teacher education programs, please Contact Us.
Local Level Indicators of Sustainable Forest Management
The 1997-2002 phase of the Canadian Model Forest program identified the need for individual Model Forests to develop a way to document and communicate how forest management was contributing environmental, social and economic sustainability at a local (regional) scale. The MBMF, in cooperation with Tembec, used the Canadian Council of Forest Ministers’ (CCFM), Criteria and Indicators, Defining Sustainable Forest Management in Canada framework to develop Local Level Indicators for Forest Management Licence 01. The MBMF conducted a series of workshops to solicit input into a local indicator framework, which was adopted by Tembec for the 2001 to 2005 Local Level Indicator reports. The MBMF conducted additional workshops in 2006 that revised the indicators and developed additional criteria titled “Aboriginal Benefits”. Tembec used the revised framework to produce the 2006 to 2008 Local Level Indicator reports. The CCFM, Criteria and Indicator framework and the 2001 to 2008 Local Level Indicator reports are available for review and download on the Publication page.