A forest’s story is written on the landscape. We will compare two forests—one healthy, one in restoration—analyzing their feeling, understory, size, spacing and soil. In an interactive teaching train students are encouraged to share with one another knowledge about various plant communities and ecosystem dynamics. A guided hike to beautiful Pebble Beach illustrates the complexity of an undisturbed forest, while a walk to our restoration forests displays the noticeable contrast between the two forest types. A lesson on the purpose of restoration is coupled with with the hands-on learning of restoration practices – together we will pull a tree down in the densely planted forest to create light gaps so other species can grow.
Join us for an interactive look at carbon sequestration, forest complexity and the climate resilience of our West Coast forest ecosystems!
Curriculum link: Humans can play a role in conservation and restoration of ecosystems (Gr.11)
Where: Galiano Island’s shorelines and forests
When: This program is available at your convenience. It takes about 5 hours and yes, you can do it in a day trip from Vancouver or Victoria.
Where do we meet? We will meet you at the Galiano Ferry Terminal—all you need to do is get there.
Special equipment or clothing? Dress for variable Gulf Islands weather: warm sweaters, sturdy footwear, and sunscreen.
Food and water: Bring your own lunches and drinking water.