Each year, JFR needs support from alumni to deliver presentations to youth in their community. For a volunteer presentation, please contact program staff:

History of the Program

Bull of the Woods

Every year the JFR program brings our crews together at the end of the season to have a light-hearted forestry competition. It is called Bull of the Woods. The first day typically honours the commitment of our host community partners and the culture of Alberta's indigenous people.

Bull of the Woods (BOTW) is a traditional name for forestry or logging sports competition. One of the early uses of the term was the person in charge of a field logging operation. For our JFR crews, BOTW is a crew competition rather than an individual one. Some of the events are still logging based, while others are related to wildfire, outdoor survival and natural resource management knowledge.

Alumni scholarships

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Since 2009, Agriculture and Forestry awards the Thomas Parker Memorial Scholarship to an alumnus of the Alberta Junior Forest Ranger program. The scholarship is awarded at the annual Bull of the Woods competition at Cold Creek staging camp.

Past Scholarship Winners:

  • 2017 - Alanis
  • 2016 - Not awarded
  • 2015 - Clayton
  • 2014 - Anne
  • 2013 - Dominik
  • 2012 - Rob
  • 2011 - Amy
  • 2010 - Laura
  • 2009 - Colleen

Application form and deadline

Application due date: August 14, 2018, at 4:30 p.m. Applications must be received by mail or fax.


Successful candidates must meet the following requirements:

  • Current or past members of Agriculture and Forestry‚Äôs Junior Forest Ranger program
  • Be an Albertan resident
  • Be enrolled in a post-secondary program to obtain a degree or diploma in natural resource management at an education institution in the province of Alberta

Who was Thomas Parker?

Thomas Parker was a JFR crew member during the summer of 2008.

Thomas had many of the qualities that are integral to being a successful Junior Forest Ranger; he was creative, adventurous, hard-working and loved the outdoors. He was in the JFR program to explore his aspirations for a career in natural resources.

JFR alumni Chris Kallal created this ward to mark environmental leadership. This $500 scholarship rewards current or former JFR crew members who have decided to pursue their career in natural resource management.


Successful candidates must meet the following requirements:

  • Be an Albertan resident
  • Be enrolled in a post-secondary institution within the province of Alberta, studying in the field of natural resources
  • Be a current or past JFR

The scholarship application can be downloaded at:

For further application information, please contact:

Past Scholarship Winners:

  • 2017 - Liam
  • 2016 - Not awarded
  • 2015 - Ian
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Updated: Aug 9, 2018