This spring the MacDonald Creek Provincial Park was taken over by 100 students from the Nakusp Elementary School. The kids had the opportunity to learn about invasive species, the impacts they have and what can be done to keep such invaders from disturbing the ecology. CKISS staff were on hand to lead the students through fun interactive stations with educational activities such as a biodiversity scavenger hunt and games.
“The Nakusp region is ecologically diverse, making the community a beautiful place to live, work and play, which is why it is vital for youth to learn how to prevent, detect and manage invasive species and take action together” states Jennifer Vogel, Executive Director of CKISS.
Invasive plant activities are part of the Nakusp & Area Community Forest annual school tree planting day.Recently, SD 10 and the Nakusp & Area Community Forest formed a partnership to collaborate on educational initiatives in the District. The vision of this partnership is to enhance and foster appreciation of the local and global environment, forests, and to engage youth about natural resource management careers and opportunities The students got their hands dirty by planting trees, were given a lesson in forest succession and participated in a fire fighting demo.