We are currently taking requests for Fall 2017 and Spring 2018.
Our programs offer a unique field trip experience with curriculum-based activities that expose students to the multiple values of a working forest. Des Crossley is located 25 km southwest of Rocky Mountain House. Historically a research site, the demonstration forest is a quarter-section of forested land with a 2.5km maintained trail system.
A no-cost forest field trip, this program is offered throughout May & June/September & October and runs onsite from 10 am-2 pm. A $100/day busing subsidy is also provided. For more information please review our Field Program FAQ’s
Program Length: 10am-2pm
Program Themes: Forest ecosystems, natural resource development, tree and shrub identification, 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 unique forestry career. 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: Plants for food and fibre; Interactions and ecosystems
NEW! 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; Interactions and ecosystems
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
Please inquire if you would like more detail or have a special program request
Thank you for your interest in the Des Crossley Demonstration Forest field program.
If you have more questions about our field study at the Des Crossley Demonstration Forest please contact Jayme Nelson by email or by phone 403-263-7720.
Download directions to the Des Crossley Demonstration Forest
This Inside Education field program is offered in partnership with Sundre Forest Products/West Fraser, Repsol Canada, Alberta Conservation Association, Forest Resource Improvement Association of Alberta and the Government of Alberta.