2016 Upcoming Tour

Unique Pro-D experiences for teachers—FREE forestry tours

Festival of Forestry tours take teachers to rural and resource-based communities throughout BC. Our three-day tours provide teachers of all levels and subject areas with curriculum-focused, hands-on teaching ideas. There will be opportunities to talk with various resource experts and professionals along the way, including biologists, foresters, government officials, First Nations representatives and others.

Lower Mainland Tour
July 6 – 8, 2016

Many of our teachers are from the Lower Mainland and often return from a tour asking how they can share the forest with their students. You don’t have to go far from Vancouver to find a forest—so this year we have decided to host a tour in our own backyard. It’s still an adventure – but an adventure that is more accessible for your students to follow in your footsteps.

From Maple Ridge, through Vancouver and up the valley to Squamish, participants will explore forestry from the seedling, through stand management, all the way to manufacturing. Visit a nursery where BC’s next generation of forests are being nurtured, tour a high-end cedar mill to see the automated and robotic nature of processing. Then travel to Squamish where professional foresters will show you forest management, active harvesting, silviculture, and more. Best of all—the entire experience is absolutely FREE!

The Details:

Please have your application form in by June 1st, 2016

Selections will be made by the Festival of Forestry by June 8th, 2016.  All applicants will be contacted by email on that day.

This tour will depart from the King George Skytrain Station. Teachers will provide their own transportation to the gathering place. The tour will run Wednesday, July 6th to Friday, July 8th.

We require that all teachers who participate in the tour stay in the accommodations provided. Accommodation is shared, two per room, and is arranged and paid for by the Festival of Forestry. We cover accommodation, meals, and transportation from the tour meeting place and back again at the completion of the event.  Additional information will be provided prior to the tour and will include a detailed itinerary, what to bring, where to meet and what to expect.

Please be prepared for bus travel, rooming with a partner, walking and hiking outdoors.

Tours accommodate 20 teachers.