As part of the ‘Grow Me’ programme for 2019, funded by the Forest Growers Levy Trust, Southern North Island Wood Council has now organised three Forestry Big Day Out bus trips for secondary school students in forest around Taranaki, Manawatu and Whanganui in recent months.
The goal for these field trips is to engage students and teachers with the industry in their local community and explain some of the processes involved. It is not easy to gain approval from schools and parents to get students out of the classroom for a day, and this involved numerous health and safety forms, permission slips and phone calls to ensure students turned up, but it was all well worth it.
Around 100 secondary school students and 10 teachers have been involved in these days, each with a slightly different element depending on the type of forestry available within a 30 minute drive of the schools.
The Taranaki day involved a visit to the KD Logging ground-based crew, tour of Taranaki Pine mill and a log scaling demonstration at the GJ Sole yard.
In Levin, Mitch Pine hosted a tour, while John Turkington staff showed off woodlot logging on a dairy farm and then treated students to a planting and pruning demonstration where they finished with a look at the rail loading facility in Palmerston North...
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