Forest Education - Programs

Forest Education Career Awareness Program

These “day-in-the-life” orientations offer high school students more in-depth access to the people and places where forestry takes place, and the opportunity to learn more about careers they may have an interest in.

education-programs-02Natural Resources Post-Secondary Orientations at CNC and UNBC

Students attend a day-long orientation of post-secondary programs at the College of New Caledonia (CNC) and the University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC).

The program is offered to Grade 10 to 12 students who are interested in learning more about the Ecosystem Science and Management Program at UNBC and/or the Natural Resources Management and Environment Technology Program at CNC. Both of these programs offer a wide array of career options and would appeal to students interested in all aspects of resource and environmental management.

Discover Careers in Resource Management Programs

Our Discover Careers in Resource Management Programs are designed to provide students and their teachers with first-hand knowledge of some of the many careers associated with natural resource management.

Over the course of two days, students and teachers participate in a variety of hands-on, field-oriented workshops hosted by resource management professionals drawn from forest companies, consulting firms, government ministries and post-secondary institutions. Each workshop allows participants to gain insight into each career by spending the days with practicing professionals.

In addition to learning about what each professional does, students and teachers also learn about each professional’s personal career path, beginning with their interests in high school through to post-secondary education and on through the assortment of jobs they may have held. Along with these personal insights, participants learn how to work safely in the forest with sessions on forest safety, wilderness survival and orienteering.

Note: workshops, presentations and activities vary from camp to camp.

Hands-on, field-orientated workshops

  • Archaeology
  • Block Layout
  • Fish and Riparian Management
  • Forest Health
  • Harvesting Operations
  • Integrated Resource Management
  • Road and Bridge Engineering
  • Soils and Ecology
  • Timber Cruising
  • Traditional Land Use
  • Wildfire Management


  • Orienteering
  • The Amazing NRM Challenge


  • Bear Aware and Forest Safety
  • Careers in the Forest Industry
  • Post-Secondary Education Programs
  • Wilderness Survival

Discover Trades and Technologies in the Forest Industry

This program provides students with the opportunity to familiarize themselves with a variety of trades and technology careers within various forest product manufacturing facilities.

Hosted over one or two-day periods, selected students and their teachers visit various manufacturing facilities which may include: sawmills, pulp mills, oriented strand board mills, plywood plants and other manufacturing facilities. At each facility students receive an overview of company operations, available trades and technology careers, as well as a safety orientation.

Following this, groups of five to six students tour the facility spending time with various tradespeople. Here the students can see and learn what the trade is really like and have an opportunity to interview each tradesperson. Students learn about the many day-to-day functions, working conditions, wages, skills required and get personal career anecdotes and recommendations from the tradespeople. In some facilities, students may even have an opportunity to do some hands-on work such as welding or using a plams cutter, operating an overhead crane, or casting a saw spacers.

Participants also get the opportunity to explore post-secondary trades training programs such as the College of New Caledonia’s Trades Department to see the kind of trades training that they can expect and learn about the entry requirements for the various programs.

Trades Covered
(varies from program to program)

  • Carpenter
  • Computer Technician
  • Electrician
  • Electrical Engineer
  • Heavy Duty Mechanic
  • Instrument Technician
  • Machinist
  • Metal Fabricator
  • MiIlwright
  • Pipe Fitter
  • Planerman
  • Power Engineer
  • Saw Filer
  • Welder

For more information, contact: , COFI Forest Education Manager or call 250-612-2919

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