*Currently accepting requests for the Spring Planting event (see below) and Fall 2019.
We are so happy to host forest education programs at the Huestis Demonstration Forest located near Whitecourt, Alberta. This program allows students from the area to explore a unique working forest through an exciting full-day, curriculum-based program.
A no-cost forest field trip, this program is offered throughout September and October and runs onsite from 10 am-2 pm. A busing subsidy is also provided to help offset travel costs. For more information please review our Field Program FAQ’s and our 2018 Huestis Field Program Teacher Handbook
Program Themes: Forest ecosystems, natural resource development, tree measurements, land use and multiple perspectives, careers, trees and their products, stewardship.
Grade 4 – Explore the living cycle of the forest by studying plants, how they grow and the role of decomposition. Students will consider the forest as a natural resource and discover how people connect with local forests. Curriculum Connections: Plant Growth and Changes; Waste in Our World; Alberta: A Sense of the Land
Grade 6 - Connect with the forest by examining the natural and human factors that shape the forest landscape. Students will identify our forest plants, and use real forestry tools to explore a careers. Curriculum Connections: Trees and Forests; Evidence and Investigations
Jr. High – Uncover the interactions in our forest ecosystems by exploring its symbiotic relationships, succession system, and soils along with traditional and modern human uses of our plants and natural resources. Curriculum Connections: Gr. 7 Plants for Food and Fibre; Interactions and Ecosystems
Jr. High Wildlife Program - this new program will utilize our on-site wildlife cameras to consider how species move and interact in the forest with an emphasis on species at risk and natural development. Curriculum Connections: Environment & Outdoor Education; Gr. 7 Interactions and Ecosystems, Gr. 9 Biological Diversity
Sr. High - Compare old growth and new growth forests through a comprehensive plot study and explore the opportunities and challenges of a multi-use forest area. Curriculum Connections: CTS - Natural Resources, Biology 20/30 Changes in Living Systems; Ecosystems and Population Change
SPECIAL EVENTS at HUESTIS
Spring Tree Planting Event - May 2019 - Elementary school students are invited to join the Huestis Demonstration Forest partners for a special tree planting and education event. This fun-filled day will feature hands-on activities, demonstrations, education stations and of course you'll get to try your hand at tree planting. Sign up your class here.
CTF / CTS Special Harvesting Event September 2019 - This is your chance to watch forest harvesting in action and have the opportunity to visit with operators. A perfect fit to enhance any curriculum that highlights careers, technology and Alberta's Forest Sector! This program will fill up quickly so get your application in soon! Sign up your class here.
Please inquire if you would like more detail or have a special program request
Thank you for your interest in the Huestis Demonstration Forest field program. If you have any questions about our field study at the Huestis Demonstration Forest please contact program coordinator Natalie Graveline by email or phone: 1-888-421-1497.
Download a map to the Huestis Demonstration Forest
This program is offered through partnerships between the Alberta Conservation Association, Alberta Environment and Parks, the Forest Resource Improvement Association of Alberta, Millar Western Forest Products Ltd., Repsol, and Inside Education.