Programming Opportunities

Sustainable Forestry Teachers Experience:  The Sustainable Forestry Teachers Experience is a multi-day residential professional development workshop that demonstrates all elements of forestry in North Carolina. This program is designed to educate participants about forestry through presentations, tours, and hands on lesson plans. Educators are also provided the Project Learning Tree Curriculum; an award winning, multi-disciplinary environmental education program. This curriculum provides STEAM activities to students and educators in preK-12th grade and is aligned to state and national academic standards.

Educators of all backgrounds, classroom sizes and audiences are encouraged to apply. Preference will be given to those that are involved with a science curriculum or demonstrate that subject matter is applicable to their students. Participants will have the ability to earn credit hours that can be applied toward licensure or Environmental Education Certification.

The registration fee for the program is $50.00. Costs associated with lodging, food, materials and transportation between tour sites will be covered by the program sponsors. NCFA members have the ability to vouch for a teacher in their community and waive the registration fee.

We offer three regional workshops in June and July:

Coastal Plains: New Bern, North Carolina

Piedmont: Southern Pines, North Carolina

Mountain: Asheville, North Carolina

Max capacity for each workshop is 40 participants. Registration for the program is first-come-first serve basis based on qualifications.  Registration opens on January 15, 2018.

Forestry and Environmental Kids Camp:  Forestry and Environmental Camps are for sixth grade students across the state at selected schools interested in learning more about forests, forestry and the forest products industry.  Camps include several days of hands on activities on various topics with a final competition day where students compete against their peers on content learned throughout the week. Preference is given to schools with an onsite forested green space or adjacent to a park. Activities are led by volunteers that represent the field of forestry and wood products industry.

Currently, camps are offered in Wilmington, Greensboro, Raleigh and Lake Norman will offer its first camp in the fall of 2017.

Please see the left-hand side of the screen for our hands-on lesson plans that are available to teach during the camps. All lessons are correlated to the NC Essential Stands for Science, Math and Social Studies. An Educator Planning Guide will be mailed to teachers upon request.

Please contact Amy Juliana; Education Program Manager for the following information:

  • You are interested in booking a camp! Please provide interested dates, location of school, possible green spaces that can be utilized and number of students.
  • If you are interested in observing a camp.
  • If you are a professional and would like to volunteer to lead an activity. Volunteers are able to earn criteria 3 CFE’s.

Project Learning Tree
Project Learning Tree ® (PLT) is an award winning, multi-disciplinary environmental education program for educators and students in PreK-grade 12. PLT is a program of the Sustainable Forestry Initiative. It is one of the most widely used environmental education programs in the United States and abroad, and continues to set the standard for environmental education excellence