The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is holding its “Kids in the Forest” day once again this year on Thursday, May 10th. This program is designed for children in Grades 5 and 6. Learning stations are set up in the woods of Beaver Bank, to talk about conservation enforcement, wildlife adaptation, forest harvesting and regeneration, aquatic life in brooks and streams, fire fighting (with the wild fire suppression truck and helicopter on site), water quality/wetlands, rocks and minerals, insects, etc. There is also a fishing station with the lake stocked the day before. Those managing the learning stations are professionals in their various fields. DNR has been pleased to welcome home educated students for the past few years. They recognize that age range will be a little broader than that of a school class and have no problems with that, as long as the children are interested and can keep up with the group. The learning stations open at 9 AM and wrap up at about 2:30 p.m.
Things to consider: the weather is unpredictable in terms of temperatures, there may be black flies biting so come prepared for that with bug hats/jackets. Children and any accompanying parents need to dress for a day in the woods and being in potentially damp, muddy areas, and possibly unexpected rain showers. This is designed for older children, so if younger children come along they would be, of course, the responsibility of the parent with them and you would need to be alert for possible safety issues in terms of the equipment you would be around. There is a lot of walking involved, some of it in areas with rough walking conditions and this can be quite a long day for younger children. Access to the learning stations requires travel on woods roads and it is not possible to take too many cars really close to the site. This means that some cars will need to be parked farther away and families will need to carpool in closer to the activity area with other families. In past years homeschoolers have gathered at the site of the Beaver Bank fire department and left any extra cars in the parking lot there. Any food and drinks you feel you may need for the day are your own responsibility, and will need to be carried with you for the day.
If you have children in the appropriate age/grade range and would like to register for this, or if you need more information before you make a decision, please email: audreyrbarrett @ eastlink .ca (take out the spaces) with your name and contact information, and the names and ages of your children. Please include a cell number if you have one.