Wood Magic Forest Fair is a special event for fifth graders that mixes fun and entertainment with fascinating info about our forests. Students observe a sawmill in action and see a fire-fighting bulldozer while learning about recycling, forest ecology, and natural resources. The goal of the program is to teach kids how important forests and forest products are in their everyday lives. A key concept presented in this event is that through sustainable management we can enjoy the many benefits of a growing forest and can also harvest trees for the thousands of useful products that improve our quality of life. The goal is accomplished through a variety of hands-on activities led by forestry professionals from several organizations. There are six different stations students visit to learn about: forest product usage in everyday life; production of wood products using forestry equipment; the importance of fire in ecosystems; human and forest ecosystem relationships; the process of creating paper; and a magic show finale that synthesizes the information learned from all stations.
Due to a limited amount of class slots available, applications and acceptances are first-come, first-served. To apply for your field trip and learn about future fairs, visit the Wood Magic Forest Fair Website
After 20 years of faithful service, the old portable sawmill used as part of the Board Cuttin’ learning station at the Wood Magic Forest Fair has bitten the (saw)dust, and we’re asking for your help to buy a new one. We’ve identified the Wood Mizer LT15GO with power feed, winch and log ramps as the perfect replacement for our needs. This particular model costs ~$15,000. Please help the Forestry Association of SC and the SC Forestry Commission raise the necessary funds by making a donation. Donors of amounts $500 or greater will have their organization’s name and logo displayed on a banner next to the sawmill at all educational events where the mill is used.