(Image / Great Bear Rainforest Education & Awareness Trust website)

Students across the province will soon get a deeper look at one of BC’s most treasured natural spaces, the Great Bear Rainforest, as they study in school this year.

A new website, the Great Bear Rainforest Education & Awareness Trust, is being offered as an educational resource for students in grades 7 through 9 and comes ready with detailed lesson plans for teacher-guided activities.

“Today’s middle school students now have an opportunity to learn about a precious area in our province, and how their generation can learn valuable lessons about why it is so important to protect it for generations to come,” said Rob Fleming, Minister of Education in a release.

The website and educational resources are designed to use an “exploratory approach” which involves teaching through a variety of mediums — like videos, images, text, and interactive media — to give students a personalized learning experience.

According to the Ministry of Education, the rainforest website will touch on four subjects that are already within BC’s curriculum, science, social studies, English language arts, and art education.

The Great Bear Rainforest stretches across 400 kilometers of BC’s coast, just to the northeast of Vancouver Island. The land is home to 1,000-year-old cedars, glacial-cut fjords, and the rarest bear on earth, the spirit bear.

For a larger than life look at the rainforest, the IMAX Great Bear Rainforest documentary premieres on February 15th down at the Royal BC Museum.