Snowshoes break the trail to ecology lesson for kids – Prince Edward Island


Students in Grades 2 and 3 strapped on snowshoes Friday for hands on lessons in winter forest ecology.

The Island Nature Trust led the group of children from Gulf Shore Consolidated hoofed it through the woods behind their school in North Rustico,

P.E.I. Tracks in the soft, melting snow had Nolan Mackay and his chums puzzled.

“Do you guys think this is an American beaver?” Nolan shouted.

“No!” came the reply from Matthew Toombs.

“Red fox maybe,” said Maven LaVoie.

Student Nolan Mackay deciphers clues to what animal left tracks in the snow. (Brian Higgins/CBC)

The trio consulted a laminated sheet supplied by the Island Nature Trust. It showed pictures of animal tracks.

“Red fox, definitely.”

‘Look at forests in a different way’

In a clearing among the trees, Julie-Lynn Zahavich, stewardship coordinator with the Island Nature Trust, explained what the Forest…



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