Applications for the 2013 Sustainable Forestry Teachers’ Academies are now being accepted! Both academies (coastal and mountain) will take place in June. This is a week of immersion into the forestry industry in North Carolina…. covering silviculture, economics, and history with visits to public/private forestland and mills. Lodging, meals, and transportation and covered for the week.
We encourage multiple teachers from a school to apply. We will consider applications from educators in all grade and subject levels.
More information and the online application can be found at www.ncsu.edu/sfta.
The Sustainable Forestry Teachers’ Academy is a four-day residential program that focuses on the social, economic, and environmental aspects of sustainable forestry. The first afternoon includes hands-on activities introducing teachers to forestry concepts and a short orientation to the Academy. Orientation is followed by a relaxing dinner at the hotel and a presentation about local forest-related history. Over the next three days, teachers visit a variety of forests and mills learning about forest management and the manufacturing of various wood products such as paper, furniture, plywood and lumber. Teachers participate in tours and hikes in forests under various types of ownership and management plans. Excursions to museums, state forests, experimental forests, and environmental learning centers round out the experience. The last day of the of the Academy is spent in round table discussions reviewing what was learned and how the information and resources can be used in the classroom.
Participants should expect a fast-paced week, with extended moderate walking and some stair climbing and walking on raised catwalks in mills and production facilities. We also strive to provide great food, plenty of networking opportunities, and a fun and engaging learning environment. In addition, training in the Project Learning Tree curriculum and other extensive materials and discussions prepare participants to transfer what they have learned back to the classroom. CEU renewal credits (20-25 contact hours) will be awarded.