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Pacific Educational Press, Faculty of Education, UBC 
Vancouver, BC
Phone: (604) 822-5385 Fax: 822-6603
  • MANAGING THE FOREST. A teacher resource manual offering support materials for a secondary school course in intensive forest management. Designed to develop an understanding of what forest management entails. Useful for teaching high school students with little or no background in forestry. Forest management is examined through case studies and activities such as paper-making, mapping, and measuring tree heights and lumber strength.

Project WILD, Ministry of Environment, Lands and Parks
Victoria, BC
Phone: (250) 356-7111 Fax: 952-6684

  • WILDLIFE TREES IN BRITISH COLUMBIA... DISCOVERING ANIMAL INNS. A BC learning resource that complements the Project WILD program. Students will learn about wildlife trees, which are standing dead or living trees that provide wildlife habitat. Booklet is available through a one-day wildlife tree workshop.

The Video Project - Media for a safe & sustainable world
Oakland, CA
Phone: 1-800-4-PLANET Fax: (510) 655-9115
71 Min. Total/3 Videos: series
$149.95, each video $59.95

  • FORESTS FOR THE FUTURE - A 3-video series
    Leading scientists and forestry specialists present a fascinating, hands-on look at the complex biology of the Pacific Northwest’s ancient forests and the impact of human activities on this biology. Titles: The Natural Forest, Humans in the Forest, and Decisions for the Future. Series tackles questions: Is it possible to reconcile jobs and the environment? How can both the remaining forest and the communities whose economies have depended on logging be sustained?

Canadian Women in Timber
Shuswap Branch, B.C.
Barbara McCarthy, Education
Phone: (604) 832-6102 Fax: 832-6102

  • CLASSROOM PRESENTATIONS: 3-part module called ‘A Learning Tree’ for K–grade 7. Tree identification, stump-to-dump logging, products,hands-on student participation.
  • FOREST WALK. Aimed at grades 4-7. Bursary available to a graduate continuing education in forestry.
  • FOREST AWARENESS THROUGH EDUCATION. Mall display information booths.

New Forest Project
Washington, DC. 
Phone: (202) 547-3800.

  • NEW FORESTS PROJECT. A direct-aid organization which focuses its attention on deforestation and small-scale, sustainable development. Students and teachers can request tree seed samples, information on rainforests or deforestation.

Canadian Forestry Association
Ottawa, Ontario
Phone: (613) 232-1815 Fax: 232-4210

  • FRIENDS OF THE FOREST. Two boys learn about natural versus synthetic products, forest communities, stewardship and conservation. Program includes summary, curriculum tie-ins, pre-story and story activities, worksheets and questions. For audiences aged 6 to 9 years.

Canadian Forestry Association
Ottawa, Ontario 
Phone: (613) 232-1815

  • NATIONAL FOREST EDUCATION RESOURCES CATALOGUE for Gr. k–12., includes descriptions of more than 900 resources from 200 plus agencies–governments, environmental/conservation groups, forest industry, independent publishers. Contains 700 English–only resources, 100 French–only resources and 150 available in both languages.

Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA)
Hull, Quebec 
Phone: 1 (819) 997-5456

  • International forestry brochure for secondary school students, describes CIDA’s assistance to developing countries. CIDA provides advice on land–use improvement through sustainable forestry and revenue raising through wood and forest product utilization.

Kids Can Press
Toronto, Ontario
Phone: (416) 925-5437
Contact: Jane Drake, Ann Love or Pat Cupples

  • FORESTRY This book introduces kids to the people, machines and environmental concerns of forestry and helps them appreciate the work involved in bringing forest products to their homes. The book explains the complexity of the forest ecosystem, regeneration, fire control, harvesting methods, transportation, the workings of a small sawmill and papermill and the importance of wilderness. Ages: 7-10. Cost: $14.95.


Raincoast Book Distribution Ltd.
Vancouver, British Columbia
Toll-Free: 1-800-663-5714
Fax: (604) 323-7109

  • A DAY IN THE FOREST Nature awareness activities - calling birds, guessing mystery animals, how does it feel to be a tree? Side one is for ages 7 - Adult; Side two has teacher resources to help children appreciate side 1. Cost: $12.95 (cassette).

New Brunswick Department of Natural Resources and Energy
Fredericton, New Brunswick
Phone: (506) 453-2614
Fax: (506) 457-4881

  • HOUSE - WHERE, WHY & HOW: A Child’s Guide to the Origins of Everyday Stuff (1993). Narrated from the tree’s perspective as it grows in the forest, travels to the mill, and becomes part of a new house. Ages: 6+. Length: 9 minutes. Cost: Loan (video).

Harbour Publishing
Madeira Park, BC
Phone: (604) 883-2730
Fax: (604) 883-9451
Toll-Free: 1-800-667-2988

  • WHISTLE PUNKS & WIDOW-MAKERS Author Robert Swanson, in his distinctive prose, profiles the hookers, fallers, bullcooks and locomotive engineers who became bunkhouse and barroom legends in the forest industry.
    Cost: $32.95

Precipice Theatre
Banff, Alberta
Phone: (403) 762-8113

  • STUMPED! This humorous play was created to raise awareness for the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society’s Endangered Spaces Campaign. It is a musical murder mystery concerning deforestation, and mimics the plot of Agatha Christie’s Ten Little Indians. The guests are an assortment of trees from areas, such as Alberta’s Boreal Forest, as well as humans with forest “interests”. Play provides drama or language arts teachers with environmental content. Cost: $5 donation.

Canadian Forestry Association
Ottawa, Ontario
Phone: (613) 232-1815
Fax: (613) 232-4210

  • FORESTRY ON THE HILL: Protected Areas 1994. The need for protected areas is not denied. Can the conflicting interests of preservationists and industry be reconciled to meet the social, economic and environmental needs of Canada’s future? Grades 7 - 10. Cost: $8.00 (brochure).

Acorn Naturalists
Tustin, California
Phone: 1-800-422-8886
Fax: 1-800-452-2802

  • THE TREE ALMANAC: A YEAR ROUND ACTIVITY GUIDE. This guide, packed with activities and practical advice, recognizes the changing life of trees. Useful glossary of plant families, photographs and balanced discussions of forest resources and people are included in this book. Cost: $8.95.

The Forest Shop
Brighton, ON
Phone: (613) 475-4755
Fax: (613) 475-4646

  • A TREE IN THE FOREST. The dramatic illustrations in this book bring to life a tale of one maple tree’s survival through 200 years while weaving together the intricacies and interconnections of forest ecology. For grades 2 and up. Cost: $5.95.

The Video Project
Ben Lomond, CA
Phone: 1-800-4-PLANET
Fax: (408) 336-2168

  • THE MAN WHO PLANTED TREES. Winner of the 1987 Academy Award for Best Animated Film, this video tells the inspirational story of a solitary shepherd who patiently plants and nurtures a forest of thousands of trees. As a tale of great beauty and hope, all ages will be inspired by this testament to the power of one person. Cost: $95.

Caitlin Press
Box 2387
Prince George, BC V2N 2S6
(No phone number available)

  • FORESTS, POWER AND POLICY: THE LEGACY OF RAY WILLISTON. Ray Williston served in W.A.C. Bennett’s cabinet as Minister of Education and Minister of Lands and Forests. While he held the Lands and Forests portfolio, his Ministry developed ways to use waste left from logging and milling and created ecological reserves throughout the province. Complete with index and black and white photos, Forests, Power and Policy provides the reader with a glimpse of life in British Columbia during the first part of the twentieth century. Recommended for grades 11 up.

Moving Images
Vancouver, BC
Phone: (604) 684-3014

  • A CUT ABOVE: MY GRANDFATHER WAS A LOGGER. A look at the logging industry on Vancouver Island through the eyes of Mike Tardiff, a third-generation forest industry worker. (25 min. video)

Weyerhaeuser Canada Ltd.
Kamloops, BC
Phone: (250) 372-2217

  • Mill tours in Kamloops. In-class activities in French or English for kindergarten to university.
    Videos available upon request.

BC Teachers Federation (BCTF)
Lesson Aids
Vancouver, BC
Phone: (604) 871-2181

  • THE STUMP BOOK, includes drawings, photographs and children’s investigations of stumps, Cost: $12.00
  • CLOUDS. Teachers will find this science resource suitable for all learners because of its emphasis on teaching language through content. Visuals and graphic organizers assist teachers and learners to organize their thoughts about clouds and to represent these thoughts visually. K-3. Cost: $9.00

Harbour Publishing
Madeira Park, BC
Phone: 604-883-2730
Fax: 604-883-9451
Toll free: 1-800-667-2988
Background Reading:

  • THE WORKING FOREST OF BRITISH COLUMBIA, a gift book perfect for anybody who cares about what’s really happening in BC forests. Includes 248 powerful photos, dozens of dramatic full-colour graphs, and an authoritative text contributed by 32 of BC’s most eminent professional foresters, including Ike Barber and Gerry Burch. Cost: $39.95
    This controversial book insists that BC can keep both its old growth forests and its logging and forestry jobs. Cost: $21.95.
  • NOW YOU'RE LOGGING! by Bus Griffiths. Classic cartoons that not only illustrate old-time logging methods but tell a rousing tale from the “golden age” of the BC forest industry. Cost: $19.95.
  • THREE MEN AND A FORESTER by Ian Mahood & Ken Drushka. A forester’s critique of BC forest policy, from the days of hand-logging and railway logging to the present. Cost: $6.95.

BC Teachers’ Federation (BCTF)
Lesson Aids Service
Vancouver, BC
Phone: 604-871-2181
Fax: 604-871-2295
Toll free: 1-800-663-9163

  • TIMBER — THE FOREST LAND USE GAME. Produced by the Pacific Educational Press, UBC. Game board, cutting cycle and hazard cards, tokens, blocks and a die. This boxed game is a simulation of choosing, then managing one of four types of forests. Players go step by step through a forest cutting cycle and must deal with the benefits and hazards of logging. Cost: $10.00.

Trees for Life-Canada
Ancaster, ON
Phone: (905) 648-0927 Fax: 648-9677
Cost: $5.00-$15.00

  • THE TREES FOR LIFE GROW-A-TREE PROJECT for students in K-6 provides information and resources to teachers to promote a better understanding of the importance of trees. Students receive seeds to grow their own tree.

HarperCollins Canada Ltd.
Scarborough, ON
Phone: 1-800-387-0117 Fax: 1-800-668-5788
Cost: $16.50

  • ONE DAY IN THE WOODS is a story of a young urban girl discovering the forest. The book describes forest life and encourages an appreciation for its holistic values.

BC Humane Education Society
Vancouver, BC 
Phone: (604)681-3379

  • Curriculum–linked activities on urban coyotes, includes poster and teacher's guide, aimed at Gr. 4–7.
  • Classroom presentations and more than 30 videos relating to animals and humane education.
  • Humane Leader newsletter and information about programs and educational resources

Voyageur Press
Stillwater, MN
Phone: 612-430-2210

  • WAR AGAINST THE WOLF documents the gradual change in attitudes toward the wolf in the United States. Over 100 historic documents, essays, reports and modern articles chronicling the evolution of American attitudes toward the wolf are presented. The book also contains the most up-to-date information on the wolves from BC and Alberta recently released in Yellowstone and Idaho.

Green Brick Road
Don Mills, Ontario
Phone: 416-465-1597

  • WILDLIFE AND THE SCHOOL ENVIRONMENT shows how a more natural school yard can save money and benefit students by moving the curriculum outdoors. This primer has many creative ideas for K-6 teachers. Cost: $13.00 plus $5.00 shipping and handling.

BC Teachers’ Federation
Lesson Aids Service
Vancouver, BC
Phone: 604-871-2181
Fax: 604-871-2295

  • COMPREHENSION COLLECTION: ENDANGERED WILDLIFE OF THE WORLD. This book provides illustrated stories about 14 endangered species. Review questions follow each story and stress comprehension, vocabulary skills, inferring and drawing conclusions. Cost: $10.00.

Naturescape British Columbia
Ministry of Environment, Lands
and Parks
Victoria, BC
Phone: 1-800-387-9853

  • NATURESCAPE KIT. Students learn to restore, maintain and protect wildlife habitat at home or at school with a Naturescape kit. This kit helps create a more wildlife-friendly environment. Cost: $15.

Project HOME, New Hampshire Fish and Game Department
Concord, NH, USA

Phone: (603) 271-3421

  • HOMES FOR WILDLIFE: A Planning Guide to Habitat Enhancement on School Grounds. A 200-page schoolyard planning guide for K-6 teachers. The guide covers planning/implementation stages while exploring further development possibilities. Provides helpful information/resources in the appendices.

Acorn Naturalists
Tustin, CA
Phone: 1-800-422-8886
Fax: 1-800-452-2802

  • EYEWITNESS BEAR VIDEO. In classic eyewitness style, this 35-minute video provides new insights into an animal that humans both fear and love. Ages: 7 and up. Cost: $9.95.

The Canadian Wildlife Federation
Ottawa, ON
Phone: (613) 721-2286 Fax: ( 613) 721-2902

  • LEARNING ABOUT WILDLIFE. A resource for teachers to help young people create wildlife habitat projects. Contains a poster and guide book, packed with project ideas and activities.

Canadian Content
c/o Pacific Edge Publishing
Gabriola, BC
Phone: 604-247-8806
Fax: 604-247-8299

  • ANIMAL ACTIVITY BOOKS FOR YOUNG LEARNERS. Arctic Animals, Desert Animals, Grassland Animals, Northern Forest Animals, and Ocean Animals. These books introduce students to animals that live in five different regions around the world. Both the information and the activities will help children discover how the animals obtain food, shelter and defend themselves from enemies. Teachers will find the glossary at the end of each resource a useful review. Cost: $7.95 each.



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