Junior Forest Warden Program
Organization Sponsor: Newfoundland and Labrador, Government
Organization Partner: Junior Forest Warden Association
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.
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.
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:
Ecology & Natural Sciences
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.
The Junior Forest Wardens became a national program on February 16th, 1962.Currently, there are clubs now found in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Newfoundland.
Forest Resources Division of the Department of Natural Resources
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.
Many of today's employees in the forestry service in Canada, whether government or industry, received their first training in the Junior Forest Warden program.
At their height the number of clubs exceeded 150. Today there are 50 across Canada.
Foresters have long recognized the need for better forestry education for our youth. The Junior Forest Wardens and Les Clubs 4-H du Quebec are proven, effective programs which can help us achieve our goals if we accept the challenge and support the development of these national opportunities.
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.
The number of clubs has dwindled in recent years. BC Government approved $100,000 and Alberta Government $1,000,000 to help expand their clubs.