Forest Education Project

Create a legacy and have a lasting impact! 

Implementing a forest education project is a unique way for the Regenerate leadership team to share the knowledge, experience and inspiration gained with your school and community. 

Inside Education will support your passion for innovative solutions and give you the tools you need to share it with your school, community, province (or country!) by developing and implementing your very own Forest Education Project. We’ll brainstorm with your team, work with you throughout the Summit, connect you with experts and potential speakers, and we would be happy to join the event itself. Your team may have an idea in mind (if so, please include the details in the application form!) or you may use the Summit to start growing ideas.

 

Inside Education will support your passion for innovative solutions and give you the tools you need to share it with your school, community, province (or country!) by developing and implementing your very own Forest Education Project. 

We’ll brainstorm with your team, work with you throughout the Summit, connect you with experts and potential speakers, and we would be happy to join the event itself. We know that deciding on a project can be a little daunting so we’ve created outlines for some of our favourite project ideas below. If your team has an idea that does not fit into the categories below, we’d love to hear about it and work with your team to make it happen. You can also check out past projects that have been done here and consider if you could apply them to your school!

Project possibilities are limitless! Here are some ideas:

  • Get your boots on the ground and organize a field trip for your class (or grade) to visit a local forest and learn first hand about local forestry practices.
  • Plan in a schoolyard or community naturalization project 
  • Work with your favorite Regenerate experts and host an forest education day for your school
  • Implement a “green design” competition to see what your school can create using wood and wood products
  • Create your own forest presentation and visit a nearby junior high or elementary school to share all about Alberta’s forests
  • Create an awareness campaign to boost environmental literacy and stewardship in your school
  • Any other creative ideas you may have!

Education Event - teach something

Find a creative way to share the information you gain through your summit experience with your school or community.

Examples:

  • Host a mini conference for your school or the public
  • Visit an elementary school and teach about water/energy/climate
  • Organize a tour of a local energy or water site with your class
  • Spread the word by letting your creative juices flow! Design art pieces, write a song, direct a play, make a video….

Infrastructure Retrofit - build something

Showcase creative ways to demonstrate energy/water conservation and efficiency at your school!

Examples:

  • Put a wind turbine model and solar panel on your school to track & compare energy output
  • Build a solar-powered cell phone charging station. How much energy can you save by charging your phone with solar?
  • Replace any incandescent light bulbs in your school with more efficient forms of lighting
  • Put a bike generator in your classroom to explore how energy can be generated

Changing Behaviours - change the culture

Improve your school and community environmental stewardship by working on a behaviour changing campaign! 

Example:

  • Energy/water consumption/waste audits to inspire changes in your school 
  • Establish a new club/team
  • Start a compost program at your school

Environmental Conservation Project - improve our landscapes

Work on restoring and conserving the natural areas in your community as a means to educate your school and community about energy, water and climate change. 

Example:

  • Restore a riparian area near your school
  • Help a local organization by volunteering to remove invasive species, plant trees, or participate in a wildlife monitoring count 
  • Organize a litter pick up 

Interested in doing something else?

None of these ideas fit? That’s okay - bring whatever environmental project idea your team has and we will work with you to make it happen!

You may contact Laura Pekkola at [email protected]


Get more inspiration from past projects that have been implemented by student leadership teams that have attended Generate/Navigate in the past!

(Navigate 2018)

M.E. Lazerte, Edmonton

The team designed The Mobile Environment Laboratory or MEL as a tool that has encouraged students to promote discussions about water, climate and the environment. MEL includes various terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems, as well as a microgarden to promote conversations and discussions about different environmental impacts that can and have occurred. MEL has promoted conversation about environmental issues within the student body and has provided a focal point to teach students about these issues.

M.E. Lazerte, Edmonton
West Central High School, Rocky Mountain Hous

(Navigate 2018)

West Central High School, Rocky Mountain Hous

The student leadership team from West Central High School spread their water and environmental knowledge beyond their own school to a local elementary school. The WCS team is building community environmental stewardship by engaging with younger students through fun, engaging activities.

(Generate 2019)

Matthew Halton High School, Pincher Creek

The Generate leadership team from Matthew Halton High School installed a wind turbine and solar panels on their school greenhouse to power sensors. This installation not only provided renewable energy to their school, but also served as the base for an experiential renewable energy course at their school, enhancing energy literacy in their community.

Matthew Halton High School, Pincher Creek

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