The Saskatchewan Boreal
Forest Learning Centre (BFLC) is a non-profit organization that works
primarily with school children, both in classrooms and in the forest.
Our objectives are to provide opportunities that encourage deeper awareness
and love of the boreal forest, leading to an increased sense of respect,
responsibility and inter-connectedness with the land, the creatures
and the people who live there. Our work with First Nations Elders, Traditional
Land Users, and Educators helps to broaden this perspective of inter-connectedness.
The BFLC works closely with the Canadian Parks and
Wilderness Society (CPAWS). This very well received forest education
project involves making presentations on the Saskatchewan Boreal Forest to schools and communities. Those who take part in our programs gain
a stronger appreciation of parks and protected areas, as well as an
increased understanding of appropriate forest land use and the impacts
we have on the forest as we work and play there. We are also working
on developing curriculum materials for Saskatchewan schools that address
all these objectives.
Our on-site programs and current projects include:
Because our land base
is privately owned, we are able to involve our students in land stewardship
planning with hands-on components. We are in the process of developing
a Monitoring Project involving local people as well as students and
and fishermen are often the best forest managers as they depend on a
long-term healthy forest ecosystem. We are involving them in our outdoor
interpretative programs. Imagine the learning involved in spending five
or six days on the trapline with the trapper.
We have had a great deal of input and support from individuals and groups in the province including: The Sturgeon River Plains Bison Stewards, Prince Albert National Park, The Prairie Learning Centre, Ness Core, Ness Creek, Saskatchewan Outdoor Environmental Educators Association, Sask EcoNetwork, Rainforest Action Network, The Saskatchewan Trappers Association, The Saskatchewan Trails Association, The Brightwater Science and Environmental Centre, Fonos Fish Co. of Doré Lake, and, of course, Nature Saskatchewan and Canadian Parks And Wilderness Society (CPAWS).