The Skeena Valley Christmas Tree Farm was filled with the sound of laughing children as they ran through the rows of evergreen trees in the search for the absolute perfect one.
Suwilaawks Community School’s Grade 1 and Grade 2 class went on a field trip to the tree farm on Craft Road on Dec. 6 in what’s become an annual tradition for students.
“We harvest a really big tree for our whole school, and then when we bring it back, all the classes make different decorations that they put up onto the tree,” says Robin Wilson, their teacher at Suwilaawks.
Students run around until they find the tree they want. Then it’s cut down and dragged out to a truck, where it’s loaded and driven back to Suwilaawks. The heavy lifting to pull the tree from the field to the truck is done by all of the students together as they hang on to the rope and parade their tree through the farm.
“It’s just a great school event that’s become a tradition that we love,” Wilson says.
The Christmas tree hunt weaves into the school’s weekly ‘Forest Fridays’ outdoor education program, where teachers take their students outside to explore and learn about the natural world around them.
“Students have been excitedly telling me about the frozen mushrooms they found, and we do experiments with ice… they get excited about all of it,” Wilson says.
When asked about their favourite part of the day, most students will tell you it’s the hot chocolate and cookies waiting for them after a tree is picked out. But for student Nevaeh, it was all about finding the perfect tree to bring back for their school.
“It took a long time to find a tree but I think we did a good job because it looks really nice,” she says.
When asked if she had anything to add, Navaeh says, “I really appreciate my teachers and my mom and dad.”