Junior Forest Wardens is a challenging and rewarding, family oriented, forestry youth program that emphasizes the responsible use of our natural environment. We develop a respect for our natural world by creating an awareness and appreciation through our unique "Hands On" approach to learning outdoor skills.
There are several active groups in Newfoundland, and across the Country. The new provincial Executive is interested in helping to expand the number of clubs in the province. Read on to consider if JFW is right for your family, and contact any member of the executive to learn how to start a new club, or to join an existing club.
The Junior Forest Warden Association is sponsored by the Forest Resources Division of the Department of Natural Resources. Our headquarters is located at the Forest Ecology Centre on Brookfield Rd. in St. John’s, where clubs learn about forest ecology, plan events a and hold meetings. Each June the Annual Tree Sale takes place. A portion of trees for this sale is grown from seed by the wardens. Proceeds from the sale aid groups across the Province with funds for programming throughout the year.
The annual tree sale at the department’s Forest Ecology Centre on Brookfield Road raises funds for Junior Forest Warden (JFW) activities throughout the Province. Neil Benson, Conservation Officer and Manager of the Centre, teaches and assists the clubs to raise and care for trees in the nursery. These are sold to the general public in a one-day only, all-volunteer event each June. The sale offers approximately 5,000 trees of 25 different species and varieties, starting at five dollars. The next annual tree sale will be held in mid-June at the Nursery on Brookfield Road.
The tree sale contains a mix of nursery grown trees and one, two and three year old seedlings propagated by children in our Avalon Peninsula clubs. JFW parent leaders take the children on seed gathering expeditions where we learn about different tree types, gather the nuts and seeds, and plant them in the Brookfield Road Greenhouse. All ages enjoy watching the seeds sprout, and eventually, be offered for sale at the annual Tree Sale. Locally grown trees are very hardy and ideal for Newfoundland horticulture.
There are Junior Forest Warden clubs in Torbay and in St. John’s. New clubs are being recruited. The provincial executive can help you start a new club.
For further information or to become a volunteer, please contact the provincial executive by email: firstname.lastname@example.org, or contact any of the flowing members of the provincial executive:
A club is comprised of about 7 to 12 families, who chose a parent council of leaders to organize outings and manage the clubs affairs. The leaders must have security clearance from the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary. The leaders plan the year’s activities using the JFW manuals and resources and can utilize the recreational equipment shared by all clubs, including canoes, a canoe trailer, snowshoes and the green house facility. The JFW families will typically gather biweekly for an enjoyable multi-family outing designed around JFW themes of forest related outdoor activity.
If you have a passion for the natural world, you probably want to pass it on! Junior Forest Wardens gives you the chance to help others discover the wonders of nature and develop caring and responsible attitudes. You will have many opportunities to expand your own knowledge, meet many fascinating people and may choose to travel to JFW events throughout Canada.
Employees of forestry companies, governments and schools are often found helping out with Junior Forest Wardens, lending their particular expertise and resources to the program. Members of conservation-minded organizations, community service groups and outdoor recreation clubs are also frequently involved, each bringing their own perspective and particular area of interest to the program. It is important that the Junior Forest Warden program be well grounded in the 'real world', and people like you keep us on the right track!
Our program is centred on four main elements:
Within each of these areas is an amazing variety of teaching (and learning) opportunities. Read through our curriculum, and see if there is something that appeals to you! We'd love to have you work with us - even in a small way.
Does any of the above sound like you? If so, contact us today!