Cascadia Conservation District
Serving Chelan County

Kids in the Forest...and Out of the Classroom

Cascadia and partners are excited to introduce a new environmental education program —Kids in the Forest! The Kids in the Forest Project will provide teacher training, classroom workshops and forest field experiences for third to eighth graders in NCW to learn about forest and wildfire ecology to understand what healthy and unhealthy forests look like and how wildfire and forest management play an important role in maintaining healthy watersheds. The program covers Chelan, Douglas, Grant, and Okanogan counties.

Our kids’ contact with nature keeps shrinking. Getting kids into forests and helping them learn about sustainability is good for forests and good for kids. Kids in the Forest will focus on enriching the link between people and forests. By creating baseline knowledge, students will learn to talk about forest management and wildfire in their community in a way that supports sustainable approaches to land management.

Critical to the success of the program is integrating project partners into the field experience to provide students an opportunity to connect with professionals in the resource management field and ask questions about their jobs and how they got to where they are. Early exposure to natural resource management as a fun, exciting, and realistic career path will help to keep forest management and stewardship of public lands a valued career path in future generations. 

Kids in the Forest will expand upon the already successful Forest Classroom program started by the Wenatchee Valley Museum and Cultural Center. Partners for this program include: Wenatchee Valley Museum and Cultural Center, Sustainable Forestry Initiative, Washington State SFI Implementation Committee, Columbia Breaks Fire Interpretive Center, North Central Washington Forest Health Collaborative, Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, and The Wildfire Project.

A BIG thank you to the Sustainable Forest Initiative (www.sfiprogram.org) and Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (http://www.k12.wa.us/) for funding the 2018/2019 term of this program!

To learn more contact Amanda Newell at amandal@cascadiacd.org or (509) 436-1601.