Support for learning and employment
Metsähallitus cooperates extensively with kindergartens, comprehensive schools, vocational institutions in the forestry and natural resources sector, and universities.
Learning through experience
Metsähallitus Nature Centres and the Science Centre Pilke in Rovaniemi offer inspirational guided tours and workshops supporting the national curricula for early childhood education and basic education. In 2014, these were attended by almost 35,000 children and young participants.
Every year, Metsähallitus provides 13-16-year-olds with opportunities to experience working life, and the 15-year-olds also participate in the annual Forest Quiz.
Together with operators in the forest sector, we arrange Forest Weeks and Days around the country for schools and kindergartens, during which children learn about forests and forestry professions. In 2014, Metsähallitus employed over 500 young students in forest planting.
Nature Centres – a starting point for excursions into Mother Nature’s classroom
Knowledge of biodiversity, and hiking and wilderness skills are central themes for environmental education. National parks and other destinations as well as Nature Centres with their services provide a limitless learning environment.
Nature Centres offer programmes and teaching materials for schools. Packages relating to Finnish nature, nature conservation, environmentally friendly hiking and cultural heritage provide suitable activities for excursions, lessons, school camps and field trips.
Science Centre Pilke
The Science Centre Pilke in Rovaniemi provides an interactive experience suitable for visitors of all ages. The exhibition at the Science Centre introduces visitors to the sustainable use of northern forests and the diverse offerings, products and commodities originating in forests. Workshops at Pilke offer schoolchildren opportunities to learn by doing and support the cross-curricular themes in an integrating manner.
Pilke also organises school camps in cooperation with local partners, at which learning by exploring is fun.
Mottimetsä and Ruotsinkylä
Mottimetsä is an outdoor learning area located approximately 23 kilometres from the centre of Rovaniemi. It is a 600-hectare forestry area that can be used for learning by schools and for various leisure activities.
The Ruotsinkylä research forest in Tuusula, just a stone’s throw from the capital, is a stimulating destination for schoolchildren, students and other visitors interested in forests. The rich variety of habitats, forests in various phases and cultivations of trees belonging to dozens of foreign species offer plenty to see and experience in the research forest.
Connections to working life
Metsähallitus cooperates closely with vocational institutions in the forestry and natural resources sector all over Finland. Metsähallitus provides learning at work for students, and contracting sites for, for example, harvester operator students. The forests used by education providers in the natural resources sector are owned by the State and thus administered by Metsähallitus. Cooperation is therefore a natural part of our operations.
Metsähallitus organises courses in ditch network maintenance and harvest planning at polytechnics, among others, and is involved in field courses organised for university students in the summer. Metsähallitus offers internships and thesis subjects to polytechnic and university students every year. We have also employed unemployed young people or graduates using funding granted by the Ministry of Employment and the Economy, for example, 110 young people in 2014.