Forestry Institute for Teachers
Location: Multiple California locations & dates
Sponsored By: Northern California Society of American Foresters; UC Cooperative Extension; US Forest Service; Cal Fire; Forest Foundation; California Project WET and other partners.
Note: The California Society of American Foresters and the many FIT collaborators are hopeful that a 2021 FIT program will be offered. Of course this decision is dependent on a COVID-19 safe environment.
Register: Registration will open in April
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Description: The Forestry Institute for Teachers (FIT) is a multi-day professional development experience designed to provide K-12 teachers with knowledge, skills and tools to effectively teach students about forest ecology and forest resource management practices.
The environment becomes the integrating context for learning in multiple subject areas, including language arts, math, environmental science, physical science, social science, biology, forestry and history.
The program brings together natural resource specialists and teachers from rural and urban settings for one week, working side by side to gain a deeper understanding of the intricate interrelationship of forest ecosystems and human use of natural resources. All meals, materials and lodging are included for a $25 registration fee.
Highlights of the institute include:
- Receiving an introduction to forest science concepts and challenges through presentations by practicing natural resource professionals;
- Experiencing high-quality, interdisciplinary activities by grade bands that promote conceptual learning, critical thinking and decision-making skills at the heart of current forest and watershed issues – as well as Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards;
- Gaining an increased understanding and appreciation of California’s forest ecosystems and the complex issues involved in managing the natural resources in public and private forests, while protecting wildlife, water and other benefits valued by society - including providing wood fiber, in all of its forms, for daily use;
- Field experiences to observe a variety of forest management styles and the process of processing wood from forest to mill and biomass energy plant;
- Participating in discussions on the varying perspectives regarding forestry issues with forest resource specialists, environmentalists and members of local communities;
- Working with fellow teachers and FIT education specialists to develop your own curriculum project about forests or forestry for use in your classroom – and receiving $200 for implementing it in the school year;
- Receive Project Learning Tree and Project WET curriculum guides;
- An opportunity to receive up to 3 academic credits that may be used for salary schedule advancement.