10th ANNUAL 6TH GRADE FOREST EXPO 2017
May 25th and 26th brought the 10th annual 6th Grade Forest Expo to the Priest River Experimental Forest (PREF). Over two hundred students from the West Bonner County School District and the Newport District attended the Expo during those two days, enjoying hands on activities and the fabulous weather that accompanied the event. The Forest Expo has been an ongoing commitment for Priest Community Forest Connection (PCFC), but the event could not happen without the generous and enthusiastic partners that help give the Expo its polished gleam.
Those partners include: PCFC Board of Directors, PREF staff, US Forest Service, Idaho Fish and Game, Tri Pro Forest Products, Stimson, Vaagen Brothers, Mike Reynolds Logging, Mama Mac’s, Whitetail Transportation, Priest River Backcountry Horsemen, local citizens and Clearwater Web Video.
Framed for sixth graders, this Forest Expo program starts the students on a forest environment education program within the classroom. All aspects of responsible forest use are covered.
Each student is provided a workbook that covers various topics, all having to do with our forests. In May, the students travel to the Priest River Experimental Forest (PREF) to experience a full day of hands on expositions. The various stations are Forest Health and Management, Tree and Plant Identification, Fire Ecology, Forest Recreation, Fish and Wildlife (species and track identification, habitat and hydrology), Forest Products, Papermaking, a Tree Harvesting demonstration, PREF History and Weather (observation of the local weather station and equipment, etc.)
To date, over 400 students and dozens of parents have enjoyed the program. PCFC has gathered an impressive number of community volunteers (35) to help serve our students’ needs throughout this learning experience. Participation is open to any community person.