As you learn about forest ecology, we invite you to explore different ways of learning and knowing. Guide your learning with the understanding that you are part of nature; that all the elements outside of your door are interconnected with each other and with you. You can learn about these connections (our “forest relatives”) in an infinite number of ways. You may feel most comfortable learning from other human beings or through written materials. We invite you to also learn from the forest itself by getting outside and spending time with the plants, animals, soil, water and air.
Do you know someone who can help you learn about forests? Ask them if they will visit the forest with you with the intent of learning together about what is happening. Starting with someone you know achieves two things: first, deepening a relationship that may enrich your life and your work; and second, learning in a hands-on way.
If you prefer reading materials, we recommend these:
“Seeing the Forest Among the Trees” (1991) is a book by forester and ecologist Herb Hammond. Chapter 1, “What are forests?” provides a well-rounded description of forest ecology. Check this out from your local library.
As you read through these materials, consider taking regular walks through the forest you are concerned about and think about how your new knowledge applies to your local area.
Photo by Louis Bockner
If you prefer to watch webinars:
Try searching “forest ecology webinar BC” and you will find many recorded webinars specific to different regions of B.C. Kootenay Conservation Program has a great webinar series with topics that can be applied throughout the province: https://kootenayconservation.ca/winter-webinar-series/
Children and their caregivers might appreciate Sierra Club BC’s education resources page. There are dozens of resources to help children and their nurturers learn about the environment around them: https://sierraclub.bc.ca/education/