Kids & Teachers
|It is likely that SAF members are some of the best qualified "environmental educators" in the nation, but they don't even know it. Professional foresters have typically thought of themselves as quietly leading by example. But these days only the clearest message is heard above the din. There are lots of great resources available to educators and professional natural resources managers to help bring awareness and education about forests, trees and the natural world. Below are a few of them that are actively supported by the Society of American Foresters. Please take a look and consider how you can best use these tools and engage an SAF member in the effort.
Kelley Duffield McCarter
APSAF Communications Chair 2008 & 2009
What is forestry anyway? See the answer by viewing the short videos, “Foresters: Growing Forests for Our Future.” These two video files are fast-paced portraits of the forestry profession in America today. You'll hear from an urban forester, and industrial forester, a forestry educator, a seed nursery manager, fire management professionals, researchers, private consultants, and more. Compelling, real-life stories illustrate how foresters protect forest values such as wildlife habitat, water quality, and recreation, while producing timber for homes and other wood products.
Click here to see a full list of resources for teachers and kids from national SAF: Learn About Forestry
Experience forests first hand by hosting an SAF Walk in the Forest. Society of America Foresters, Project Learning Tree, American Tree Farm System, and Third Friday in October is traditionally the day set aside as Walk in the Forest Day for local SAF chapters nationwide. Click on the link to read about the Sandhills Chapter of NC Division SAF recognition for their successful 2008 "Walk" event: SAF-WalkArticle-8-2008.pdf.
To get started on hosting a Walk in the Forest have a look at the handbook and kit available from the national SAF office. The handbook is available on the web at this URL:
SAF members make the best Project Learning Tree educators and collaborators. Project Learning Tree, AKA “PLT” is an award-winning curriculum used throughout the US. Environmental educators, school teachers, 4-H, leaders from Scouts of America and SAF members use PLT educational materials to enhance natural science education through the living classroom of forests. Learn more and get involved at:
4-H is a community of 6 million young people across America learning leadership, citizenship and life skills. The 4-H community also includes 3,500 staff, 518,000 volunteers and 60 million alumni. 4-H'ers participate in fun, hands-on learning activities, supported by the latest research of land-grant universities:
4-H.org ; North Carolina 4-H ; South Carolina 4-H ; Virginia 4-H (4-H Virtual Forest)