COURSE DESCRIPTION: Spend seven days learning about the original “GREEN INDUSTRY” in our state, forestry, and touring the forests and forest industry of South Carolina. Examine sustainable forestry practices and view practical S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) applications in the forest industry. This outdoor environmental education course is designed to provide an unbiased look into the impact forests have on our state’s environment, economy, and quality of life. Key topics include forest management; emphasizing sustainable forestry, ecosystem management and bio-diversity; wildlife conservation, including endangered species protection; forest product production, including harvesting and processing into products, and the contributions of the forest industry on S.C.’s economy. Classes include tours of private and public forestlands, lumber, paper and other wood product mills, along with cultural events highlighting the history of South Carolina’s land use. Participants will receive resource materials to use in their classrooms along with environmental education training. Course also includes 3 days of training in Environmental Education, teaching how to use the environment and forests to teach the Curriculum Standards in science, social studies, language arts and math.
WHEN AND WHERE: The 3-day Advanced EE workshop is Tuesday, June 18th through Thursday 20th at Harbison State Forest in Columbia. The 4-day Tour is Monday, June 24th through Thursday, 27th, 2013 in Columbia, exploring the Midlands region of Richland, Newberry, Kershaw and surrounding counties.
- Preference will be given to full-time certified educators for grades 3 to 8 interested in environmental studies. Secondary teachers specializing in environmental studies, life sciences, biology, Tech Prep or natural resource education will also be considered.
- Interested educators must complete an application and submit it by the deadline of April 15, 2013.
Successful applicants will be notified by
May 15, 2013. Due to the large number of applicants,
participants are encouraged to submit their applications early. Call (803) 798-4170 for late applications.
- Tour is limited to 35 participants. (25 limit for graduate credit + 10 seeking non-credit)
- Available to participate in a four-day course with overnight stay and travel. Individual participation only - spouses and/or children, etc. not permitted.
- Actively participate in all activities, which will include walking, hiking, summer temperatures, insects, etc.
- Ability to disseminate the information learned to schools, community and professional associations.
- The sponsors of the Teachers’ Tour provide all meals, lodging, materials, and transportation during the tour FREE.
- Those wishing 3-hours of non-degree graduate credit, offered through the University of Charleston, will be required to pay a fee ($105) upon acceptance into the tour. (Attendance at all 7 days of the event and additional work is required for credit).
- This course may also qualify with your school district for 45 certificate renewal credits under Category 6 – Professional Training for free. (Preapproval from your school district is advised for this.)
Sponsored by The South Carolina Teachers’ Tour Coalition
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