North Carolina’s oldest forest conservation organization

Sustainable Forestry Teachers Experience

 Sustainable Forestry Teachers Experience

Discover the forests in our state, and learn about the wood products industry!

The Sustainable Forestry Teachers Experience is a professional development for STEM educators. This is an overnight program. Lodging, meals, and transportation between field trips during the program are provided.

Experience Overview:

  • Explore sustainable forestry and learn how professionals are conserving and managing our states natural resources
  • Go behind the scenes during field trips of the forest products industry
  • Tour demonstration forests, logging sites, and tree farms
  • Participate in Project Learning Tree activities; an award winning environmental education program designed for educators working with youth of all ages
  • Network with STEM educators across the state, and connect with natural resource professionals in your community

Experience Perks:

  • Participants will receive resources, teaching materials, and firsthand experience and knowledge that can be used in the classroom/organization
  • All meals, lodging, and transportation at the conference will be provided
  • Educators can earn continuing education credits (CEU) and EE certification (Criteria I and Criteria III)

Experience Details:

  • Educators will need to apply online to the program. Accepted participants will have two weeks to pay a one-time registration fee of $25
    • Other expenses such as hotel room, meals, transportation via charter, and materials are provided for by NCFA and sponsors
  • Participants will stay in single occupancy rooms
  • Workshop is geared towards formal and non-formal STEM professionals with emphasis on 3rd-12th grade science educators
    • High school teachers that lead topics aligned to earth, environmental, biology, and agriculture will find our program most beneficial
    • Registration for the program is first-come-first-serve basis
  • Max capacity for each workshop is 25 participants

Health & Safety Protocols

Due to concerns regarding the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, all persons are expected to follow state and federal health guidelines, and will follow all safety measures put in place. This includes, but is not limited to the following:

  • All participants will wear face coverings to ensure the safety of all participants
  • A self-check assessment prior to attending should be performed. Review the CDC Coronavirus self-checker tool
  • Keep 6 feet apart when able. When travelling by charter, participants are asked to sit one per row
  • Increase sanitation efforts

Please note that in-person programs are subject to change or cancellation depending on COVID-19 restrictions. A full refund would be provided in event of a cancellation.


  • Piedmont: Southern Pines, North Carolina June 21-22 2021
  • Coastal Plains: New Bern, North Carolina June 28- June 29, 2021
  • Mountain: Asheville, North Carolina July 12-13, 2021

Application available on February 1, 2021

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Reviews from Past Participants

This was a wonderful experience and I learned a lot and will use a lot of it.

I was able to learn new information about the forestry industry. I appreciate the fact that I was given the opportunity to visit the sites and observe the process.

Content was very relevant. Resources provided will be used. I would recommend this workshop to other educators.

The connections, between education lessons and actual industry. Very relevant.

Loved the tours and connections made with other teachers. All the resources gained are going to add to my ability to educate my students about sustainable forestry.

I now have a great appreciation and am more knowledgeable about the work that goes into forest industries and sustaining our forests.

Thanks for offering something new and different for teacher training!

This was well organized and it was apparent that time and money were spent to ensure a quality experience.

Definitely - one of the best workshops I’ve attended in 29 years!

Everything was well planned and we were well looked after.

I believe all teachers no matter their subject or grade level take the opportunity to attend this workshop.

For questions or additional information, please contact NCFA Director of Education, Amy Juliana.

Sustainable Forestry Teachers Experience
Sustainable Forestry Teachers Experience
Sustainable Forestry Teachers Experience
Sustainable Forestry Teachers Experience
Sustainable Forestry Teachers Experience
Sustainable Forestry Teachers Experience