Students from École élémentaire catholique St-Rosaire in St-Pascal Baylon recently had some fun in the forest.

On May 27, they were Genies de la forêt—or forest genies at the Tucker House Renewal Centre for sustainable living in Rockland.

This was the third year for the event, which is presented by Tucker House and Boisés-Est.

Students built huts for squirrels, created paintings from ‘treasures’ found in the forest, decorated pendants from slices of wood, and listened to forest-themed tales. The little ones hugged the big white pine on the grounds that is more than 200 years old and is considered the dean of trees in the Tucker forest.

The objective of Genies de la forêt is to remind children and their parents of the pleasure that can be found in the forest through being in touch with nature. The activity is free and requires no additional equipment.

Ecole élémentaire catholique St-Rosaire and Tucker House are members of Boisés Est, but activities like Genies de la forêt are also available to other groups. For more information, contact [email protected].