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Course Description:

Forests can have economic, environmental, and social or recreational benefits.

Forest and Ecology in Regions of Canada
 is a course in which you will investigate forest ecosystems and explain the structure and function of trees in relation to life processes.

You will also learn to identify factors that determine the distribution of forests, and you will research forest regions of Canada with an emphasis on specific species.

You will:
  • describe the structural units of trees and their function in performing life processes
  • describe the interrelationships among elements in the forest ecosystem
  • explore the elements that affect the health of a forest
  • define and compare angiosperms (broadleaf forest) and gymnosperms (conifer, montane or needleleaf forests)
  • locate and describe the forest regions of Canada
  • identify factors that affect the development of forests and determine the distribution of forest regions, considering climate, topography/geology, soil classifications, natural activity (example, fire, disease), and human activity
  • identify common trees and other flora that grow in specific regions of Canada; (example, tree and shrubs identification, non-woody plant identification, commercial species)
  • identify and classify various provincial flora samples (example, trees, shrubs and non-woody plants) from their parts (example, leaves, flowers, cones, twigs, bark) using identification keys


  • Forest Ecology in Regions of Canada is a course that provides students with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes pertaining to forest ecosystems and the function of trees in relation to life processes.
  • There is no prerequisite for this course.
  • Forest Ecology in Regions of Canada is a 1 credit course; it will take a minimum of 25 hours to complete.
  • This course consists of seven units that should be completed in sequence.
  • The course assessments include auto-graded quizzes and/or assignments that need to be completed with 50% or higher.
  • All units have one auto-graded quiz and/or assignment, which is based on the lesson contents in the unit.
  • All instructional content is provided through ADLC's secure website.
  • Students may arrange to video conference with the ADLC teacher either via Skype, Adobe Connect or Google Hangouts, when assistance is required.
  • Students may also phone, email, or text when requiring assistance.

Course Assessments:
  • Students have two attempts, on each quiz, to achieve 50% or higher, in order to "unlock" the next assessment.
  • Students who do not achieve 50% or higher, on a quiz, after two attempts, must contact the lead teacher.
  • Students will complete four assignments throughout the course.
  • The quizzes are worth 60% of the total course mark.
  • The assignments are worth 40% of the total course mark.
  • At the end of each unit, there is an auto-graded, multiple choice quiz and/or an assignment 
  • All units contain additional content in the form of interactives, videos, publications, etc.  Reading the additional information is mandatory and may appear in the quizzes and assessments.
  • There are numerous icons used in the course and students should be aware of their meaning:

Read information.

   Complete an assessment.
   Play a game.
   "Digging Deeper" section, designed to encourage students to build their knowledge of the lesson content.
    Practice - demonstrate the concept yourself.
    Take a quiz.
    Self-check - a review of the lesson concepts.

   Watch a video.
   Go to the website for more information.

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This course was made possible through a partnership between:
  1. Alberta Distance Learning Centre -
  2. Woodland Operations Learning Foundation -
  3. Forest Resource Improvement Association of Alberta -