Continuing Education

We post an abundance of educational opportunities on our Calendar page. In addition, the SAF College Guide is a great resource for anyone interested in pursuing forestry and other natural resources professions. Our Outreach page also contains a number of conservation education programs designed for youth, young adults, and teachers alike.

Conservation Education

California SAF sponsors the following conservation education programs; Forest Conservation Days and the Forestry Institute for Teachers. These programs apply interactive presentations, field trips and field-based exhibits intended to educate youth and adults regarding the professional management of California’s forests.

Forest Conservation Days

Developed in 1992, Forest Conservation Days (FCD) is an educational program sponsored by the California Society of American Foresters in partnership with other resource organizations, including the USDA Forest Service.  The goal of the program is to engage youth in the science and practice of forest conservation through participation in outdoor education led by natural resource professionals and students. Forest trail hikes are organized to include lessons regarding forest ecology, resource management, and the societal benefits of sustainably managed forestlands.  This interdisciplinary approach to education allows students to learn valuable perspectives about California science standards and the web of life, respectively.  FCD is provided in close collaboration with Reedley College and with the support of the USDA Forest Service State & Private Forestry (Region 5).

Forestry Institute for Teachers

Created in 1993 with a goal of educating educators, this program provides K-12 teachers with the knowledge, tools, and skills to effectively teach their students about forest ecology and forest resource management practices. Four one-week long sessions of this award-winning program are offered, one near Sonora (Tuolumne County) one at Camp McCumber (Shasta County), one in Arcata (Humboldt County) and one near Quincy (Plumas County). Public and private forest resource specialists and other natural resource managers and environmental education specialists serve as the educators and presenters at FIT. FIT participants will develop a curriculum unit, design student projects, and become adequately endowed with the tools necessary to increase student understanding and appreciation of our dynamic forest ecosystems and the complex issues faced by forest managers.

Learn more here.

In person events:

California SAF annually hosts a summer and a winter meeting; these meetings are a great chance to keep informed of natural resources issues across the state from professionals working in the field; our meetings are lecture-based, and include guest speakers from both the public, and private sector.

Each meeting offers 5.5 Continuing Education Credits (CEUs). In addition, we occasionally organize guest lecturers and workshops (CEUs available), so please stay tuned to our calendar for updates.

Continuing Education credit can also be arranged by the SAF National office: SAF National Office’s website.

Finally, SAF’s Forest Education program offers numerous opportunities for continuing education:

Upcoming online courses:

Michigan State University (MSU) Forestry and The Society of American Foresters are pleased to announce our upcoming online course – Physical Science of Forests, Climate Regulation, and Carbon Storage.’

Offered through the MSU Forest Carbon and Climate Program (FCCP), the ‘Physical Science of Forests, Climate Regulation, and Carbon Storage’ course will provide foundational and advanced knowledge in the physical science of forest carbon.

The course is organized into five modules, including 1) Carbon Cycle and Storage, 2) Humans, the Global Carbon Cycle, and Terrestrial Sinks, 3) Forest Ecosystems and Carbon Storage, 4) Forest Ecosystem Carbon Pools and Fluxes, and 5) Disturbances and their Carbon Impact.  The course will include presentations, quizzes, links to external resources, and suggested further reading.

Course content is designed with natural resource professionals, extension agents, and landowners in mind. However, all interested parties are encouraged to apply – $199 for SAF members and $249 for non-members. Course topics are interdisciplinary, and learning outcomes are intended to be impactful across a variety of fields.

Please refer to for the latest info on this, and other upcoming educational resources.