ForestLearning Industry Champions work with schools around Australia
Australia's forest and wood product organisations have been active in schools around the country, bringing the renewable forest and wood product story to life for students. Read more about the ForestrySA and Nature Play Forest Festival and Forestry Science on Show at the Newington College STEM Festival below.
Forestry SA and NaturePlaySA, on 18-19 April 2018, held another hugely successful Forest Festival in Kuitpo Forest! The second annual Forest Festival has been specially created for children 0 -12 years old and their families, and offered over a dozen activities including:
- Low ropes adventures
- Wild cubby building
- Bell tents for reading + loose parts play
- Family yoga classes
- Autumn nature mask making
- Walking and orienteering trails
- Nature potions and tinkering stations
- Bush stick xylophone jam sessions
- Hands-on education with nature activities
- Food trucks and much more in the magical forest setting
Lessons learned from last year’s inaugural Forest Festival put us in good stead to ensuring an even better organised event this year. The Nature Play Forest Festival is a great example of a State Government corporation, Local Government and a Non for Profit organisation working collaboratively to deliver a successful event for the community.
Feedback received from event partners (Nature Play SA, Mount Barker & Alexandrina Council representatives), the State Environment Minister (who attended with his family) and most importantly, the families who turned up in great numbers for this year’s Nature Play Forest Festival has been overwhelmingly positive. Estimates from Nature Play SA Event Organiser, Claire Lock, show tickets sales at 4100 over the two days.
Feedback received from FSA staff at the information stand suggest a significant number of first time visitors to Kuitpo Forest who expressed a desire to return. This event is a fantastic means of educating the public about the role of ForestrySA, managing forests for sustainable commercial forestry, while also promoting the numerous recreational opportunities and experiences offered to families in our forest reserves.
Stephen Dadd, Forest and Wood Products Australia Board Director and Executive General Manager of Boral's Timber Division, showcased the science and technology of Australia's renewable forest and wood industry at Newington College's STEM Festival held on 4 May 2018.
A good discussion ensued about what it will be like for attending students to live in cities like Sydney, which is projected to have 9.9 million people by 2036, and to live sustinably under these population pressures through new construction techniques like mid rise timber buildings, a carbon neutral building resource. Discussions were also focussed on the future of energy in such a projected world, and the opportunities for bio-fuels and plastic alternatives to play a part.
Stephen said of his session that he hopes that through such engagement with students that the forest and wood industy might spark some interest in this future generation of engineers, designers and builders.