“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 family. 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.
Junior Forest Wardens Clubs are self-organized by member families. there are usually 8-12 families in a Club, and although Wardens are school-age children, younger and older kids can still be involved. Clubs participate in outdoor activities like hiking, camping, geocaching, canoeing, skiing and so much more. JFW has equipment – like canoes and snowshoes – for registered Clubs to use.
the Annual Junior Forest Wardens Tree Sale has been ongoing for more than two decades, first at Brookfield Road, and then at C.D.'s Trees. the group is exploring options for next year's sale. another major activity is the tree plant. each year JFW plants thousands of seedlings at various locations.
JFW NL has support from the Department of Forestry and Agrifoods, and is affiliated with JFW Alberta. JFW Clubs are a great activity for schools, friends, workplaces, and communities. all it takes is a few families with children 6-18 who’d like to go outside. Contact JFW-NL to get started, and get your own JFW Club off the ground.