Aylmer, October 7, 2019 – Over 2,000 grades 6 and 7 students from 28 schools across
the Thames Valley District School Board will be participating in the Carolinian
Forest Festival at Springwater Conservation Area next week. "The goal of the Festival
is to help students discover the value and importance of the Carolinian Life Zone
and our local forests, says Festival Coordinator Betsy McClure. "It is well documented
that the health and well-being of humans are linked to the health of our trees and
forests. The goal of the Forest Festival is to allow students to experience the
wonders in our own backyard."
The participating students will explore the Carolinian Life Zone through 38 hands-on
and dynamic activities centred around five themes including climate change, biodiversity
and species at risk, forest resources, forest ecosystems, and stewardship and conservation.
The Festival relies on volunteers from conservation authorities, environmental organizations,
and over 150 local high school students. The Festival is also entirely self-funded
and is generously supported by the Thames Valley District School Board, TD Friends
of the Environment Foundation, Elgin Stewardship Council and many other community
organizations and businesses.