Environmental Studies Faculty and Staff Publications

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BC's coastal rainforests, Environmental awareness, Wild products


What type of plants did our ancestors collect and use from our coastal forests? How do people use these plants now? Why are they important to you and your family? How can we learn to recognize them and continue to use them in a sustainable way to strengthen our communities?

This guidebook will help you and your students explore these questions. It provides background material on some special plants and mushrooms from the rainforests of BC’s Central and North Coast and Haida Gwaii that are important for many reasons.The activities in this guidebook focus on these species, how they are used and why they are important. The activities are designed for grades 4 to 7, but also include extension activities for other grades.

Going Wild! Teaching about Wild Products from BC’s Coastal Rainforests has been developed specifically for First Nations on the Central and North Coast and Haida Gwaii, but it can be used as a resource for other coastal communities and in other locations in BC where these plants are found. We hope that this guide book will be a useful tool in helping your students find a closer connection with their environment, and with plants that have been, and continue to be, important to their communities.

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Sierra Club BC and Coastal First Nations Turning Point Initiative © 2009

A collaborative project of the Coastal First Nations Turning Point Initiative, Sierra Club BC, and the Centre for Non-Timber Resources at Royal Roads University.


Permission is granted for the duplication of this guidebook for educational and nonprofit uses only. For all other duplications or uses please contact Sierra Club BC or Coastal First Nations Turning Point Initiative.



Subjects - Topical (LCSH)

Non-timber forest products--Study and teaching (Middle school)--Activity programs--British Columbia; Non-timber forest products--British Columbia--Guidebooks; Rain forests--Study and teaching (Middle school)--Activity programs--British Columbia; Rain forests--British Columbia--Guidebooks; Plants, Useful--Study and teaching (Middle school)--Activity programs; Plants, Useful--British Columbia--Guidebooks; Indians of North America--Ethnobotany--British Columbia

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British Columbia