Forestry Institute for Teachers
The Forestry Institute for Teachers is a multi-day residence workshop developed by the Northern California Society of American Foresters, University of California Cooperative Extension, Shasta County Office of Education, The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, and Project Learning Tree. The FIT Program is underwritten by a consortium of public and private sources. Since 1993, over 2,100 teachers have graduated from the program.
The goal of FIT is to provide K-12 teachers with knowledge, skills and tools to effectively teach their students about forest ecology and forest resource management practices. 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 forest ecosystems and human use of natural resources.
California's K-12 students are ultimately the audience for the knowledge gained by FIT participants. Teachers will be able to share their understanding of forest ecology and natural resource management principles and concepts with their students, helping to prepare the decision-makers of tomorrow. Each FIT participant develops a classroom curriculum that integrates conceptual learning about forests and forest management practices from a balanced perspective.
Each institute can accommodate 30 to 45 participants. All meals and lodging are free. Teachers are provided with extensive classroom and curriculum materials, and a $200 stipend on completion and implementation of a forest related curriculum unit or project conducted in their classrooms. The FIT program is intricately correlated with the California Department of Education's subject area standards, Frameworks for Science and Social Science, and goals for Environmental Education. FIT education specialists are active in the education profession and current with Common Core and Next-Generation Science Standards. The program empowers teachers to foster conceptual learning, critical thinking and decision-making skills in their classrooms.
- June 11-17, Plumas County
- June 18-24,Tuolumne County
- July 2- 8, Shasta County
- July 9-15, Humboldt County
Go to http://forestryinstitute.org/ and complete the application by June 1st. Credentialed or pre-service teachers receive priority, but other educators are accepted. Team applications are encouraged, but not required. Share the experience with a colleague! Each team member must apply separately.