More than 1000 Grade 6 kids from around the Peace learned about trees and forestry this week.
They took part in the annual Walk through the Forest at the Wapiti Nordic Centre.
Spokesperson Melinda Paplawski says it has been one of the biggest years ever.
“We had about 1050 Grade 6 students, so we’ve had about 350 students a day from schools, some in Grande Prairie, we’ve had them come from Spirit River, Bonanza, Grovedale, Wembley, Beaverlodge, so kids from pretty much all over the Grande Prairie area.”
Paplawski says they have learned about a lot of things.
“They’ve learned about different kinds of trees, they’ve learned about forest fires, they’ve had a chance to talk to the wildfire fighters and play with the fire hoses. It’s been good and it’s definitely been the most popular year we’ve had so far.”
The walks are held every year as part of Alberta Forest Week.
Forest Week observations also include an Arbor Day tree plant held at St. Gerard School (pictured below). All Grade 1 kids in Alberta were given a tree seedling to take home.
“Throughout the Province of Alberta, we do about 70,000 tree seedlings. So, every Grade 1 student in the province hopefully gets a tree seedling,” adds Paplawski.
(photos supplied by Melina Paplwaski)