“Kids spend so much time in front of screens it can be hard to get them off, but when you get them outdoors they really get involved and connect with the world around them”.
What is now the Junior Forest Wardens began in the 1920s in BC and arrived in NL in the 1940s. While originally focused on forest protection and fire prevention, the group has come to be about young people spending time outside with their adults. The idea is sound: spending time outdoors together is good for kids, good for the body and mind, good for building community, and making meaningful connections with those around you.
The thing that makes Junior Forest Wardens different is that it's inter-generational and all ages. While Wardens are school-aged children, all ages can play a role. Clubs are self-organized by members through a common interest: school, community, friends, teams. Clubs participate in outdoor activities like hiking, camping, geocaching, canoeing, skiing and so much more. JFW NL has equipment – like canoes and snowshoes – for registered Clubs to use. Junior Forest Wardens NL has a historical relationship with Junior Forest Wardens Alberta, and there are age-specific programs for different age Wardens.
In the wider community, Junior Forest Wardens holds #playoutdoors events that are open to the general public. Each year JFW plants hundreds of seedlings at various locations.
Though it's not active at present, the Annual Junior Forest Wardens Tree Sale was a long-standing tradition for more than two decades, first at Brookfield Road, Mount Pearl and then at C.D.'s Trees in Logy Bay.
JFW Clubs are a great activity for schools, friends, workplaces, and communities. All it takes is a few people with children 6-18 who’d like to play outside.
If you're interested in the JFW program, complete the form below