South Carolina's
WOOD MAGIC
Forest Fair
2001-02 Annual Report

South Carolinaís
WOOD MAGIC FOREST FAIR

South Carolinaís Wood Magic Forest Fair is a 4-hour program designed to enable fourth graders from across the state to:

These goals are accomplished through a variety of hands-on activities led by forestry professionals from numerous organizations.

Patterned after a program developed at Mississippi State University, South Carolinaís Wood Magic Forest Fair was first held October 18-22, 1999 at Harbison State Forest in Columbia. During 2000, an additional week was conducted at the Sewee Visitors Center near Charleston. Two weeks were held at Harbison during 2001 as well as one week at Sewee. Four weeks of this educational event are planned for 2002, with one week having been held at SC Stateís Camp Daniels in March, and one week scheduled for Clemson University, Harbison, and Sewee.


WOOD MAGIC WORKS !

The following provides details as to the effectiveness of South Carolinaís Wood Magic Forest Fair - the number of people who participated, the knowledge they gained at these events, and some of their comments about the program.

Numbers of Participants
Here are the statistics for the past 3 years of Wood Magic:

1999-2000 School Year

Location

#Applications

Received

#Classes

Attending

#Children

Attending

#Teachers & Other Adults

Total # of Participants

Harbison

75

29

654

90

744


2000-2001 School Year

Location

#Applications

Received

#Classes

Attending

#Children

Attending

#Teachers & Other Adults

Total # of Participants

Sewee

44

33

690

100

790

Harbison

185

37

786

120

906

Totals

229

70

1,476

220

1,696


2001-2002 School Year

Location

#Applications

Received

#Classes

Attending

#Children

Attending

#Teachers & Other Adults

Total # of Participants

Sewee

52

34

810

125

935

Harbison

204

67

1350

290

1640

Camp Daniels

43

43

786

172

958

Totals

299

144

2,946

587

3,533

Knowledge Gained
South Carolina's Wood Magic Forest Fair is a comprehensive environmental education program that is correlated to state curriculum standards in science and social studies. To help measure the effectiveness of this program, teachers were asked to administer a pre-test to the students before they began work on the pre-visit materials they were sent. After using the educational activities and attending the Wood Magic program, teachers were asked to administer a post-visit test. The results of these pre-tests and post-tests were then compiled and examined to determine the educational success of Wood Magic. The following is a summary of these results.

  • Before the program less than half of the students understood that the U.S. has more forests today than it did 100 years ago. After the program over 75% of the students knew this to be true.
  • 95% of the students now recognize that trees are a renewable natural resource.
  • Before they attended the WMFF program, 79% of the students thought that the major reason to recycle paper was to "save trees". Afterward, 83% of the students recognized that the primary goals in recycling are to save landfill space and reduce waste.
  • 57% of the students thought that using trees is harmful to the environment before they attended the program, while less than one-fourth believed this after attending Wood Magic.
  • 87% of the students now recognize that more trees are planted each year in South Carolina than are harvested.
  • Before the program, only 29% of the students could list 10 items that they use everyday that come from trees. After attending the program, 79% of the students were able to list a minimum of 10. Many students could actually name 20 to 50 items.
  • Students showed a significant gain in knowledge about forests in 100% of the major categories measured. On average, 83% of the students answered the questions correctly after attending Wood Magic.

Here's a visual summary of the pre-visit and post-visit test results.

2001 Wood Magic Test Results
MAJOR TOPICS
1. There are more trees today than 100 years ago.
2. Trees are a renewable natural resource.
3. Prescribed fire is used to improve forests and wildlife habitat.
4. The major reason to recycle paper is to save landfill space.
5. Using trees is not harmful to the environment.
6. More trees are planted in SC each year than are harvested.
7. Forests clean our air and water.
8. Students can list 10 forest products they use everyday.

Participant Comments

STUDENTS

"I learned a whole bunch of things that I didnít know before, like how many trees it takes to build a house. I enjoyed it so much I canít stop talking about it!"

"Thanks for an incredible field trip. My parents wanted to know everything about it. It was really fun and exciting. I never knew that much about forests, but now I do. My parents wished they could go."

"Thank you for the field trip. My favorite parts were when we made paper, different things from trees, and the web of life. I think it was the best field trip I have ever had!"

TEACHERS

"Thank you for such a wonderful experience! Your instructors presented excellent and enjoyable lessons that were age appropriate. Our students went home with important information about our S.C. forests. We were so pleasantly surprised with the generous bag of teacher and student goodies!"

"Wood Magic Forest Fair actively engages students in the learning process. Each area had an objective. It was not just games or lecture; everything done was supporting a goal for educating the students concerning the forest. "

"The kids had a great time. All the adults (teachers and chaperones) were very impressed. Our principal even came back and bragged to another principal in the district how great it was."

"Best field trip in the state! It was well worth attending. Great value. Presenters were excellent and related very well to the kids. Made it very interesting."

"Iíve taught elementary and middle school for more than 20 years and taken numerous field trips and I can honestly say Wood Magic Forest Fair ranks Ďtopsí!"

"I was amazed at how organized it was. I loved having a guide. This was the "easiest" field trip that Iíve ever had. There was not one wasted minute in the entire day. My students are still talking about the trip. Iíve even heard positive comments from parents that didnít even go on the trip."

PARENTS

"Please accept my congratulations on presenting an educational and entertaining experience for my nine-year-old twins. Both children enjoyed their field trip. They learned important lessons in the conservation of natural resources. These lessons were conveyed effectively and professionally by the many people whom you organized. I was especially impressed by the age-appropriate level of seminars and by the patience exhibited by your personnel (Iím sure that they do not normally deal with children in their jobs). The magic exhibition and the paper recycling seminar in particular conveyed the themes of recycle, reuse and reduce waste of natural resources. I am happy to praise your fine efforts in educating the school children of South Carolina. Keep up the good work!"

SPONSORS

South Carolinaís Wood Magic Forest Fair is jointly sponsored by Clemson University, South Carolina Forestry Commission, South Carolina Forestry Foundation, SC State University, and the USDA Forest Service. Special thanks to the following organizations that provided financial support and/or in-kind services (personnel, equipment, and supplies):

American Forest & Paper Association
Archibald Rutledge Academy
Awendaw Fire Department
Belle W. Baruch Foundation
Bowater, Incorporated
Charleston County Recycling Center
Cherokee Kenworth
Clemson University
Collumís Lumber Company
Comfort Suites
Crescent Resources
Dempsey Wood Products
Dominoís Pizza
Georgia-Pacific Corporation
Hancock Timber Resource Group
Henderson & Major, Inc.
Hughes Motor Company
International Paper Company
International Paper Foundation
Low Country Forest Products
M. L. Corley & Sons, Incorporated
MeadWestvaco
Milliken Forestry Company
New South, Incorporated
Norbord SC, Incorporated
Paper Stock Dealers
Pioneer Machinery
Plum Creek Timber Company
Sewee Association
Shaw, McLeod, Belser & Hurlbutt, Inc.
Smurfitt-Stone Container Corp.
Sonoco Products Company
SC Dept. of Health & Env. Control
SC Dept. of Natural Resources
SC Forestry Association
SC Forestry Commission
SC Forestry Foundation
SC State University
SC Timber Producers Association
US EPA
US Fish & Wildlife Service
USDA Forest Service
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
Willamette Industries, Inc.

SCHOOLS

Harbison Sewee
SchoolSchoolCity
Barnwell Elem.Barnwell Archibald Rutledge Acad. McClellanville
Ben Lippen Northeast Elgin Beaufort Academy Beaufort
Ben Lippen School Columbia Belle Hall Elem. Mt. Pleasant
Caughman Road Elem. Columbia Berkeley Intermediate Moncks Corner
Chapin Elem. Chapin Cainhoy Elem. Cainhoy
Congaree Elem. W. Columbia First Baptist School Mt. Pleasant
Forest Heights Elem. Columbia Hilton Head Elem. Hilton Head
Fort Mill Elem. Fort Mill J.C. Lynch Elem. Coward
Gallman Elem. Newberry James Island School James Island
Hammond School Columbia McLaurin Elem. Florence
Hyatt Park Elem. Columbia Newington Elem. Summerville
Little Mountain Elem. Little Mtn. Port Royal Elem. Port Royal
Long Cane Academy McCormick St. Andrews Elem. Charleston
McCrory-Liston Elem. Blair St. Johnís Academy Moncks Corner
Monarch Elem. Union St. Peterís School Beaufort
Newberry Academy NewberryCamp Daniels
Pauline Elem. PaulineSchoolCity
Pomaria-Garmany Elem. PomariaBriggs Elementary Florence
Richard Winn Acad. WinnsboroEdisto Elementary Orangeburg
Ridge-Spring Monetta R. SpringFelton Laboratory School Orangeburg
Riverview Elem. Ft. MillGuinyard Elementary St. Matthews
Saluda Elem. SaludaOrangeburg Prep Orangeburg
Sandhill Academy ColumbiaScott's Branch Elementary Summerton
Springdale Elem. W. ColumbiaSheridan Elementary Orangeburg
Timmerman School ColumbiaSt. James-Gaillard Elementary Eutawville
St. John Elementary Cameron
Walker-Gamble Elementary New Zion
Williams Memorial Elementary St. George

SC Map with Wood Magic Participants

Steering Committee

Contact one of the following for first-hand information on Wood Magic and/or with your suggestions on how to improve this educational program.

NameOrganization
Steve BatesSC Department of Natural Resources
Gwen BeavansUSDA Forest Service
Sam CaldwellMOTAG South
Eddie CaskeyNew South, Incorporated
Larry DavisUS Fish & Wildlife Service
Bob FranklinClemson University
Robin GlennSC State University
Jerry GroenkeNew South, Incorporated
Jim GuntherGeorgia-Pacific Corporation
Richard HarperClemson University
James HillSC State University
Jane HillerPaper Stock Dealers
Russell HubrightSC Forestry Commission
Jay JacksonWestvaco
Crad JaynesSC Timber Producers Association
Janna LarsonUSDA Forest Service
Wayne MajuriInternational Paper Company
Jennie MorrisSC Forestry Commission
Guy SabinSC Forestry Association
Jerry ShrumSC Forestry Commission
Mike WetzelForest Resources Association
Danny WhitnerNew South, Incorporated

Wood Magic Staff

The success of South Carolinaís Wood Magic Forest Fair can be attributed to the dedication and technical competence of over 200 professionals from numerous organizations. These people created and installed signs, developed lesson plans, guided classes, served food, cleaned up after a busy day, taught students, assembled student packets, welcomed guests, and performed dozens of other tasks. Our sincere appreciation for a job well done goes to the following:

Name - OrganizationName - Organization
Tim Adams - SC Forestry Commission
Isaiah Alston - USDA Forest Service
Wayne Anthony - Georgia Pacific
Becky Ashley - USDA Forest Service
Tony Ashley - SC Forestry Commission
Calvin Bailey - SC Forestry Commission
James Baker - SC Forestry Commission
Frazier Baldwin - Bowater
Jeff Baldwin - Archibald Rutledge Academy
Bruce Ballentine - SC Forestry Commission
Judy Barnes - DNR
Charlton Batler - Archibald Rutledge Academy
Jeff Baumann - SC Forestry Commission
David Beard - International Paper
Gwen Beavans - USDA Forest Service
Linda Beckman - Belle W. Baruch Foundation
Sean Bennett - International Paper
John Bess - Collum's Lumber Company
Pete Bischoff - SC Forestry Commission
Dedee Bishop - Charleston County Recycling
Paul Blessing - SC Forestry Commission
Tom Bonk - SC Forestry Commission
Andy Boone - SC Forestry Commission
Liz Bourgeois - MeadWestvaco
Donna Bowman - DHEC
Roy Boyd - SC Forestry Commission
Bill Boykin - SC Forestry Commission
Michael Bozzo - SC Forestry Commission
Brad Bramlett - SC Forestry Commission
David Brasell - International Paper
Raymond Brown - USDA Forest Service
Tom Bryson - Bowater
Jay Butfiloski - DNR
Fraser Butler - Archibald Rutledge Academy
Olga Maria - Caballero USDA Forest Service
Carole Cabe - SC Forestry Commission
Ken Cabe - SC Forestry Commission
Rick Cain - Georgia Pacific
Jonathan Calore - SC Forestry Commission
Cecil Campbell - SC Forestry Commission
Roger Campbell - International Paper
Vince Cannarella - SC Forestry Commission
Stephanie Capell - Archibald Rutledge Academy
Dean Carson - SC Forestry Commission
Scott Carter - New South
Eddie Caskey - New South
George Chastain - Belle W. Baruch Foundation
Sam Cimburke - MeadWestvaco
Stan Clark - SC Forestry Commission
Bo Collins - SC Forestry Commission
Marvin Colson - SC Forestry Commission
Roddy Cooper - International Paper
Bart Copeland - Collum's Lumber Company
Mallory Corley - volunteer
John Council - International Paper
Leroy Cromedy - SC State University
Barney Crooks - Clemson University
Felicia Cunningham - SC State University
Don Dadisman - MeadWestvaco
Stephen Dargin - Archibald Rutledge Academy
Charlotte David - SC State University
Carrie Davis - USDA Forest Service
Larry Davis - US Fish & Wildlife Service
Bob Deal - Sewee Association
Marlene Deal - Sewee Association
Laura DeHart - SC Forestry Commission
Robbie Derrick - SC Forestry Commission
Lyle Dickerson - Georgia Pacific
Joy Dodd - USDA Forest Service
Guy S. Dooley - MeadWestvaco
Coni Dudley - USDA Forest Service
Billy Dukes - DNR
Dan Dupre - DNR
John Dupre - USDA Forest Service
Jesse Eargle - Clemson Extension
Deanna Eddy - International Paper
Jim Edwards - DNR
Lois Edwards - SC Forestry Commission
Will Emerson - SC Forestry Commission
Phil Epps - Clemson University
Brad Farmer - Henderson & Major, Inc.
Joel Felder - SC Forestry Commission
Alvin Feltman - USDA Forest Service
Ron Ferguson - SC Forestry Commission
Ben Fishburne - SC Forestry Commission
George Flanders - volunteer
Melissa Fleming - SC Forestry Commission
Ron Flowers - SC Forestry Commission
Linda Floyd - SC Forestry Commission
Chase Folk - SC Forestry Commission
Carol Forney - USDA Forest Service
Gloria Freeman - SC Forestry Commission
Judy Furtick - Clemson Extension
Patrick Gaines - USDA Forest Service
Scott Gantt - SC Forestry Commission
Adam Garrett - USDA Forest Service
Liz Gilland - SC Forestry Commission
Robin Glenn - SC State University
David Grant - SC Forestry Commission
Rosalee Grant - USDA Forest Service
Buff Green - MeadWestvaco
Bruce Gritzinger - MeadWestvaco
Jerry Groenke - New South
Elnora Guerry - USDA Forest Service
Wanda Guerry - USDA Forest Service
James Gunther - Georgia Pacific
James Hamey - USDA Forest Service
Cheryl Hardee - SC Forestry Commission
Richard Harper - Clemson University
Mike Heath - SC Forestry Commission
Mel Henson - MeadWestvaco
Gary Herman - MeadWestvaco
Jane Hiller - Paper Stock Dealers
Glen Holden - International Paper
Diane House - SC Forestry Commission
Russell Hubright - SC Forestry Commission
Anna Huckabee - DNR
Rob Huff - SC Forestry Commission
Kep Hurley - Crescent Resources
Tracey Hustead - Comfort Suites
Jim Huthmaker - USDA Forest Service
Lisa Hutto - Archibald Rutledge Academy
Dean Ilderton MeadWestvaco
Jay Jackson - MeadWestvaco
John Jamison - Georgia Pacific
Crad Jaynes - SC Timber Producers Association
Kent Jewell - Bowater
Michelle Johnson - SC Forestry Commission
William Johnson - SC Forestry Commission
Kevin Johnstone - SC Forestry Commission
Charlie Jones - SC Forestry Commission
Darryl Jones - SC Forestry Commission
Robert Jones - SC Forestry Commission
Bill Kelly - SC Forestry Commission
Don Kinerson - USDA Forest Service
Debbie Kiser - SC Forestry Commission
Miles Knight - SC Forestry Commission
Anne Kyle - SC Forestry Commission
Janna Larson - USDA Forest Service
Mac Lawton - Collum's Lumber Company
Lynn Leclair - SC Forestry Commission
Eddie Lee - Dempsey Wood Products
Emily Lopponow - Archibald Rutledge Academy
Judy Lucas - SC Forestry Commission
Daniel Magwood - Archibald Rutledge Academy
Wayne Majuri - International Paper
Joanna Martin - DHEC
Lisa Mason - SC Forestry Commission
Billy Massey - Awendaw Fire Department
Dale Mayson - SC Forestry Commission
Amy McClellan - International Paper
Ashleigh McClellan - Archibald Rutledge Academy
Aaron McClure - Archibald Rutledge Academy
Isaiah McCormick - USDA Forest Service
Shane McDade - New South
Mary Jo McInnis - SC State University
Cliff McKinney - SC Forestry Commission
Dwight McPherson - International Paper
Shawn Medders - Awendaw Fire Department
Frances Melfi - SC Forestry Commission
Bob Miller - International Paper
Doug Mills - SC Forestry Commission
Chris Mitchell - SC Forestry Commission
Elsie Montgomery - SC Forestry Commission
Larry Moody - SC Forestry Commission
Ray Moody - SC Forestry Commission
Ashley Moore - Archibald Rutledge Academy
Mahlon Moore - MeadWestvaco
Roxie Moore - SC Forestry Commission
Steve Moore - SC Forestry Commission
Bob Morris - International Paper
Jennie Morris - SC Forestry Commission
Mary Morris - International Paper
Joseph Murphy - Archibald Rutledge Academy
Deb Nahikian - Willamette
Murray Nesmith - SC State University
Boyd Owens - SC State University
Norman Pate - Georgia Pacific
Tom Patton - SC Forestry Commission
Freddie Peake - SC Forestry Commission
Scott Pellum - MeadWestvaco
Gary Peters - USDA Forest Service
Jay Phillips - International Paper
Scott Phillips - SC Forestry Commission
George Pope - Sewee Association
Janice Reaves - SC State University
Mark Rehme - MeadWestvaco
Ginger Reilly - MeadWestvaco
Joe Richbourg - SC Forestry Commission
Carol Riggs - US Fish & Wildlife Service
Kenny Roberts - Awendaw Fire Department
Cathy Rodgers - SC Forestry Commission
Byron Rominger - SC Forestry Commission
Lin Roth - Clemson University
Dave Ruff - SC Forestry Commission
Charles Ruth - DNR
Guy Sabin - SC Forestry Association
Bob Schowalter - SC Forestry Commission
Roy G. Schurlknight - Awendaw Fire Department
Sue Schweikart - DHEC
Kara Scott - Archibald Rutledge Academy
Lowe Sharpe - SC Forestry Commission
Karen Short - SC State University
Jerry Shrum - SC Forestry Commission
Sara Lee Simons - volunteer
Chris Sineath - SC State University
Alex Singleton - MeadWestvaco
Marcus Singleton - SC Forestry Commission
Henry Smith - USDA Forest Service
Kyle Smith - Archibald Rutledge Academy
Becky Smoak - Archibald Rutledge Academy
Pete Spearman - volunteer
Tonya Steadman - SC Forestry Commission
Eddie Stephens - SC Forestry Commission
Jawana Stephens - US Fish & Wildlife Service
Tom Stephens - Georgia Pacific
Lou Stewart - volunteer
Joanna Stokes-Smith - Sewee Association
Dan Stuckey - International Paper
Pete Stuckey - SC Forestry Commission
Stephanie Tavera - SC Forestry Commission
Marian Taylor - USDA Forest Service
Kristie Thomas - USDA Forest Service
Todd Thompkins - USDA Forest Service
John Thumes - MeadWestvaco
Lakeisa Tucker - SC State University
Rocky Tucker - SC Forestry Commission
Gray Vallentine - SC Forestry Commission
Molly VanScoy - Sewee Association
Sally Walker - Milliken Forestry Company
Mickey Walley - SC Forestry Commission
Jimmy Walters - SC Forestry Commission
Paul Watts - SC Forestry Commission
Renee Welch - Archibald Rutledge Academy
Judy Weston - SC Forestry Commission
Kelly Wetzel - USDA Forest Service
Cameron White - Archibald Rutledge Academy
Danny Whitner - New South
Bill Wiley - volunteer
Alisha Williams - SC Forestry Commission
Sandford Williams - SC State University
Mike Windhorn - Bowater
Leslie Woodham - SC Forestry Commission
Walt Woodrum - SC Forestry Commission
Jeff Zimmer - International Paper

South Carolina's Wood Magic Forest Fair is jointly sponsored by Clemson University, International Paper Company Foundation, SC State University, SC Sustainable Forestry Initiative Member Companies, the South Carolina Forestry Association, the USDA Forest Service, and the South Carolina Forestry Commission.

Clemson logo International Paper logo
SC State University logo
SC Forestry Initiative logo SC Forestry Association logo USDA Forest Service SC Forestry Commission

The South Carolina Forestry Commission prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, sex, color, national origin, age, or religion. Direct all inquiries to the Office of Human Resources, P.O. Box 21707, Columbia, S.C. 29221.


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