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.

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