Grade 5 Hike to Bone Lake – Fort St.James, BC

Posted by on Sep 19, 2016 in

September 28, 2016 all-day
Susan Salokanne

Our Fort St. James Annual Grade 5 Hike for National Forest Week is to Bone Lake.  The activity lasts for the entire school day.  There are 3 schools in our area and all grade 5 students are invited to attend.  Volunteers from the Fort St. James Forest District, BC Timber Sales Stuart Nechako Business Area, Wildfire Management Branch Van-Jam, the local forest industry, consultants and community members work together to make the day fun and interesting for the children.  Volunteers help by setting up information stations, barbequing a picnic lunch, or guiding small groups of children (of about 5 students each) and their teachers along an interpretive trail.  The route has prearranged sites that illustrate several seral stages of the forest and various ecosystems.  There will be a wild land fire & fire safety demonstration if the fire crews are not too busy on real fire suppression.  The 20 sites include 2 wetlands, aquatic creature catch & release, bird watching, plant identification, and have examples to illustrate forest health, fire and cultural heritage.  Children in each of the interpretive groups take digital photos of the sites, activities and themselves.  The photos are later collated on a disc for each school to keep and to use to help children make posters and to help reinforce the learnings of the day.