South Carolina Teachers’ Tour
Teaching Sustainable Forestry
in Environmental Education
What is the SC Teachers’Tour ?
The S.C. Teachers’ Tour is a 7-day intensive environmental education workshop and tour of forests and forest industry in South Carolina. The purpose of the entire 7-day class is to provide an unbiased look into the impact sustainable forestry has on our state’s economy, environment, and quality of life, and to equip teachers to take that knowledge into the classroom.During the first 3 days of the tour, teachers are trained in the use of Project Learning Tree materials and learn from forest industry professionals about current forest issues and sustainable forest management practices. The last four days put the “tour” in the Teacher’s Tour. The tour will take teachers to various forest product mills, publicly and privately owned forests, special forest heritage sites, and forest harvesting operations.
What topics are covered during the tour?
- FOREST MANAGEMENT
- Sustainable forest management
- Ecosystem management
- Water Quality Protection
- FOREST PRODUCT PRODUCTION
- Harvesting techniques
- Processing raw material into products
- Careers in the forest industry
- Contributions of the forest industry on S.C.’s economy
- Technology’s role in the forest product production
- WILDLIFE CONSERVATION
- Endangered species protection
- Wildlife management techniques
- TOURS STOPS INCLUDE
- Private, industrial, and public forest lands
- Lumber, paper, furniture, and other wood product mills
- Cultural events highlighting the history of land use in South Carolina
What do teachers get out of taking the tour?
Teachers gain the knowledge and experiences necessary to effectively teach and discuss forests issues that affect our state. Along with this are a vast variety of resource materials that are useful in their classrooms. Resources include DVDs, posters, books and technical manuals, literature, teacher packets describing various industries, and a notebook full of valuable facts, articles, and other data pertaining to forestry and forest issues. Teachers are also furnished with a list of contacts they can use to arrange for foresters and other professionals to visit their classes or arrange field trips during the school year. Teachers will also receive training in PROJECT LEARNING TREE, an award winning activity-based multi -disciplinary environmental education curriculum designed to teach critical thinking and problem solving skills.
Can I get credit for this workshop?
Graduate credit is available from the University of Charleston for those wishing to take this course for certification purposes. A nominal fee is charged by the college for this and additional work is required to meet this requirement for credit. Teachers may also apply through their district offices for recertification credit.
How much does it cost to take the tour?All meals, lodging, materials, and transportation during the tour are provided FREE by donations from the members of the S.C. Teachers Tour Coalition, who sponsor the tour.
S.C. Teachers’ Tour Sponsors
The SC Teachers’ Tour is sponsored by the South Carolina Forestry Foundation and the South Carolina Forestry Commission. Funding is provided by the Sustainable Forestry Initiative through the SC Forestry Foundation and its business partners and individual and corporate scholarship donations.
Who can attend?
- Priority will be given to full-time certified K – 12 teachers with interest in environmental studies, life sciences, biology, tech-prep, and/or natural resource education. All applications will be considered for placement.
- Tour is limited to 35 participants. (25 limit for graduate credit + 10 seeking non-credit)
How can I attend the SC Teachers Tour?
Applications will be available on this website beginning in January of each year. To learn more about the SC Teachers tour, contact Stephanie Kolok at (803) 896-8855 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Quotes from previous participants:
"I have taken many courses over the years and I can truly say this was one of the best. Everything was well organized, all the information was useful and could be put into practice in the classroom. The resources were also some of the best I’ve been given. This tour has given me far more than I expected. I would recommend this program to others. It has been one of the most useful classes I’ve taken." - Gwen Lawrimore - Beck Middle School - Georgetown
“This was extremely teacher friendly and practical for classroom use. It has opened many possibilities for my classroom and outdoor teaching.” -Nancy Peeples, Addlestone Hebrew Academy, Charleston, SC
This was the best teacher training course I’ve ever attended. We were treated first class and it was nice to be told how much we were appreciated instead of how poor our schools and teaching are."- Robert (Bob) Davis - West End Elementary School – Easley, SC
“I most enjoyed being with other teachers who are willing to learn new things. We were treated with such respect and appreciation.” – Melinda Beach, St. John Neumann Catholic Elementary, Columbia
“Best workshop I’ve attended in 40 years of teaching!” – Carolyn Williams, St. John Neumann Catholic Elementary, Columbia
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