“FORESTRY EDUCATION IS NOT JUST ABOUT ONE PERSON, IT IS ABOUT BRANCHING OUT TO EDUCATE MANY PEOPLE!”
Branching Out with NCFA
Request a FREE forestry outreach program from our Education Manager Amy Juliana. These programs highlight the field of forestry and wood products industry, and are correlated to science, social studies and math standards. Currently available to students in K-6th grade in central Piedmont counties. All programs are 1 hour or less. See below for a list of our available programs, curriculum correlations and information on how to request a program.
For more information, please read our Outreach Overview page
Available Outreach Programs
- Who Lives in the Woods: The forest is a wonderful habitat for many plants and animals. Discover what animals live in the woods by looking at skulls, pelts, tracks and other animal evidence.
- Most appropriate for kindergarten thru sixth grade.
- For kindergarten and first grade program is 30 minutes
- Indoor program
- Goods from the Woods: Did you know wood is the only natural resource on Earth that is renewable, recyclable and biodegradable? In North Carolina, the forest products industry helps create more than 5,000 wood and paper products that we use and enjoy each day — everything from baby food and ice cream, to rayon and paint, to toothpaste, cosmetics, medicine and household cleaners. Discover the goods we get from the woods and the industries that help create them!
- Most appropriate for second thru sixth grade.
- Indoor program.
- Tree Stories: Every tree has a story to tell. Identify the parts and function of a tree. Then uncover the trees past and share their story.
- Most appropriate for third thru sixth grade.
- Indoor program.
- Junior Forester: Foresters have an important job to do in North Carolina! They help protect, develop and manage our natural resources. Explore the local ecosystem and practice your math skills by measuring the trees in your schoolyard.
- Most appropriate for fifth and sixth grade.
- Must have outdoor space with trees to measure. A courtyard or greenspace near the classroom is appropriate.
- Career Days/Special Events/Presentations: NCFA would love to participate in your event. Please contact Amy Juliana with the details.
Click here for a list of Outreach Curriculum Correlations
Scheduling An Outreach
Plan Ahead – In order to get the desired date, please plan ahead and provide several suggestions. Space is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Some months are busier than others are and outreach will be limited.
Schedule a Program – Submit a program request. Please fill out all boxes. If you are scheduling for a several classes or the entire grade level, please provide a suggested schedule. The Education Manager will review all requests within 3-5 days. You will receive a program confirmation once the outreach event has been booked.
- Please note that when scheduling a program, the outreach should not begin at the first bell or end at the last bell. This is to ensure the programmer is not in conflict with the bus/carpool lanes.
- Due to limited resources, class size is capped at 30 students.
- Can provide multiple programs per school per outreach day. Great option if you would like the entire grade level to participate in outreach programs. Classes should be consecutive and a 30 minute break for instructor is necessary. See below for example schedule:
45 Minute Class Schedule:
- Class 1: 8:15-9:00
- Class 2: 9:00- 9:45
- Class 3: 9:45-10:30
- Class 4 10:30-11:15
- Class 1: 8:30-9:30
- Class 2: 9:30-10:30
- Class 3: 11:00-12:00
Forestry Education Ambassador Network
Live outside the central Piedmont area? Request information from our Forestry Education Ambassador Network. This list of industry professionals are interested in connecting to educators in their communities. Find an ambassador near you by contacting Amy Juliana firstname.lastname@example.org
Forestry Merit Badge Day with Boy Scouts of America
Saturday, September 21, 2019 8:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m. at Bobby Ross, Jr. Memorial Shelter in the Duke Forest.
The North Carolina Forestry Association is excited to partner with the Boy Scouts of America to host a Forestry Merit Badge Day this fall for the scouts in Durham County. This is a great opportunity to encourage these young people to meet the requirements of the badge, and learn from professionals in a working forest. We are looking to the forestry community to help lead activities. Lunch is provided.
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