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Education Project

A Quest for Wilderness, will be a one-hour documentary that will serve as the base for an on-going web based educational program.  The documentary hopes to recreate the same enthusiasm that past conservationists had during the commencement of places such as Quetico.  The project will include free curriculum based lesson plans for secondary school teachers and outdoor educators.  Both the film and the educational project aim to deliver a strong message of wilderness values and the importance of wilderness protection.

The on-going web based component will include an interactive website which will be developed with clips from the film and various lesson plans.  The captivating lesson plans will encourage an “experiential” component and serve to provide further encouragement for youth engagement beyond the borders of the film.  The education project will be framed in the short term using clips from the existing film and will be further developed in the long term with additional film footage to highlight a variety of other topics.  All film materials and lesson plans will be linked with interactive educational material based around the study of wilderness and wilderness values.

A number of tools will be developed that will be used as part of a lesson plan and in conjunction with materials related to the film and website.  Engagement tools and resources for students may include:

  • create a ‘virtual canoe trip’ to search out wilderness of their own
  • share their own experiences of wilderness and the importance of its value by on-line chat
  • study specific biomes in wilderness areas, how they interact, their importance and their values
  • study specific flora and fauna existing in wilderness areas-a look to their needs, their value, their connection to us, their connection to the ecosystem itself, and how well they are protected
  • look at management tools used for wilderness
  • look at the laws and policies towards the protection of wilderness
  • understand the main wilderness values: historic, cultural, economic, recreational, historic, scientific, genetic, intrinsic, esthetic, educational, spiritual and therapeutic.
  • get involved in regional, provincial and/or national stewardship programs
  • create and participate in targeted letter writing campaigns
  • research and learn using the “FAQ” or “Fast Facts” page

Sample Lesson Plan Themes will include:

After 100 years does wilderness still exist?

This lesson plan is based on questions and discussion on how wild Quetico remained since its inception over 100 years ago- and surprisingly enough, the park is even more wild than first projected.  There will be an historical overview of the park’s progression, what has changed (for better for worse) and what is the projected status.

Legends of Canada’s Wilderness

A look at some of the major conservationists who paddled Quetico in the last 100 years and who were so inspired by its wilderness values that they went on to do wonderful things in the protection of wilderness:  Bob Marshell, Aldo Leopold, Ernest Oberholtzer, Bill Mason, Eric Morse, Sigurd Olson, Shan Walshe, Blair Fraser, Ernest Seton…the list is endless!

Our Forests are on Fire – and that’s okay

This is based on the film crews trip to Shan Walshe Lake in Quetico to witness how a forest fire was allowed to continue burning (due to a drastic change in forest suppression since the park’s creation 100 years ago), how debatable that discussion was within the park, and how beneficial it ended up being for the future of the old-growth forest.

Bears have rights too

There’s a new rule in Quetico and other wilderness parks that’s creating some debate.  Black bears that have become a nuisance to campers were traditionally removed from the park or killed.  Now the park staff close an area down from campers until the bear is no longer a “nuisance”.  Basically, it’s putting the blame on humans who have made the bears dependent on camp food and garbage.  Some campers are upset with the new rule, however, stating they should have more rights than the nuisance bears.