Here in British Columbia we are celebrating the Year of Science.
I feel fortunate to welcome one of the many science fairs put on in the Williams Lake community.
During the week of Feb. 28 to March 3, the Year of Science will organize events put on by Vancouver Science World at our local schools.
The goal of these events is to present science to students outside of the classroom or lab and make it fun and relevant.
The Year of Science program also aims to inspire an appreciation and enthusiasm for science.
Even though we probably don’t think about it, this beautiful area of our province can be better understood through science.
Science has helped shape our rugged outdoor landscape.
We have Chasm Provincial Park, which was carved by ancient glacier melt waters and formed by volcanic activity more than 10,000 years ago.
Getting out and exploring the beautiful parks and terrain of Cariboo-Chilcotin is something we all love to do.
The gorgeous volcanic Rainbow Range in Tweedsmuir Provincial Park is another example of science at work in our backyard.
Over the ages erosion has worn down and exposed the lava formations, revealing vibrant colours of red, yellow and orange that horseback riders and hikers enjoy during their treks through the park.
Exploring science can open doors for students they might not have known existed.
I look forward to joining the students at Mountview Elementary and Sxoxomic Community schools on Wednesday March 2 for the Year of Science Fair and hope to be a part of the fun and learning that is sure to take place.
Donna Barnett is the Liberal MLA for Cariboo-Chilcotin.