Reading material, For Peat’s Sake

Burns Bog Conservation Society gives 'A Classroom Study of Burns Bog and Other Peatlands' to the Delta School District.

  • Dec. 11, 2012 1:00 p.m.

The Burns Bog Conservation Society has partnered with the TD Friends of the Environment Foundation Delta Chapter to give 63 copies of For Peat’s Sake: A Classroom Study of Burns Bog and Other Peatlands to the Delta School District. Every school will receive two copies of the book, a teacher resource guide to peatlands education at the K-7 grade level.

President Eliza Olson presented the books to the Delta Board of Education.

The society worked closely with authors Karla Olson and Corinne Issel to create a curriculum-focused resource guide which addresses British Columbia’s Prescribed Learning Outcomes. Drawing upon the society’s 24 years of experience protecting and sustaining Burns Bog, the resource guide is rich with information on the importance of peatlands ecosystems to the global environment, and illustrated by Nicole Skutelnik.

School trustees Laura Dixon and Val Windsor thanked the society for its efforts in defending Burns Bog.

“When I was a teacher, I actually used one of their brochures as a teaching resource, because there simply wasn’t anything else out there on wetlands ecology,” said Nick Kanakos, a retired teacher.

For Peat’s Sake was developed with the help of several scientists, including Dr. Marcus Collier, University College, Dublin, Ireland; Dr. Richard Hebda, Royal Museum, Victoria; and Dr. John Jeglum, retired professor from the Department of Forest Ecology, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Umea, Sweden.

The Society is committed to improving awareness of and education on wetlands ecology, and thanks TD Friends of the Environment Foundation Delta Chapter for funding the teacher’s guides for the Delta School District elementary schools.

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