During June, July, and August, teachers have an opportunity to tour their state’s forests, meet foresters, and learn about forest management practices, as well as how to connect what they learn in the field to the classroom. These multi-day teachers’ tours and forestry institutes provide balanced, science-based education and an understanding of how decisions are made about forests.
Teachers who attend these institutes learn how to use forests to teach across many subject areas, along with Project Learning Tree (PLT) lesson plans that are correlated with current state academic standards. This in-depth professional development includes critical thinking, lesson planning, time outdoors, and lots of resources to effectively teach about forest ecology, conservation, and sustainable forestry.
Some of these tours are free (including all meals, transportation and lodging) thanks to sponsors in each state who cover the costs. Some states charge a nominal fee, around $200. Participation is limited, usually between 25 to 35 participants and staff.
For more information contact:
Arizona Project PLT State Coordinator
Forester, Research and Education Coordinator
Northern Arizona University
School of Forestry
PO Box 15018
Flagstaff, AZ 86011