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Sustainable Forestry Teachers' Academy

Mountain Academy: June 16-20, 2014
Coastal Academy: June 23-27, 2014

REGISTRATION IS CLOSED FOR 2014. Check back in November 2014 for information on the 2015 Academies!

About the Academy

The Sustainable Forestry Teachers’ Academy is a four-day residential program that focuses on the social, economic, and environmental aspects of sustainable forestry. The first afternoon includes hands-on activities introducing teachers to forestry concepts and a short orientation to the Academy. Orientation is followed by a relaxing dinner at the hotel and a presentation about local forest-related history. Using ClinometersOver the next three days, teachers visit a variety of forests and mills learning about forest management and the manufacturing of various wood products such as paper, furniture, plywood and lumber. Teachers participate in tours and hikes in forests under various types of ownership and management plans. Excursions to museums, state forests, experimental forests, and environmental learning centers round out the experience. The last day of the of the Academy is spent in round table discussions reviewing what was learned and how the information and resources can be used in the classroom.

Participants should expect a fast-paced week, with extended moderate walking in wooded areas, some stair climbing, and walking on raised open catwalks in mills and production facilities. For your safety, please consider your ability to participate in these actitives when applying for the academies.  We also strive to provide great food, plenty of networking opportunities, and a fun and engaging learning environment. In addition, training in the Project Learning Tree curriculum and other extensive materials and discussions prepare participants to transfer what they have learned back to the classroom. CEU renewal credits (20-25 contact hours) will be awarded.

Sample Schedule for the Mountain Academy

Sample Schedule for the Coastal Academy

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History of the Academy

The North Carolina Teachers' Academy was initiated in 2001 by the Temperate Forest Foundation, with assistance from state agencies. The first few years of the tour were based in Asheville. In 2004, a second tour based in New Bern was added to expose teachers to forestry in the coastal plain of North Carolina. Additions and refinements to the weekly agendas and educational content resulted in a name change for 2007 from "Tour" to "Academy". To date, over 500 teachers have participated in the program.


Organizers and Sponsors

The academies are organized by NC State University's Forestry & Environmental Outreach Program, and NC Project Learning Tree. Sponsors for 2014 include the NC Division of Forest Resources, the NC Forestry Association's Forest Education and Conservation Foundation, and the NC Sustainable Forestry Initiative State Implementation Committee.

How Teachers Can Participate

Registration Link 

Registration for 2014 is closed.

A simple online application process is required of teachers wishing to participate in an Academy. All North Carolina educators are encouraged to apply. Acceptance will be dependent upon responses to application essay questions, and preference will be given to full-time classroom educators for grades K to 12, with teachers of environmental studies and sciences given first priority. Multiple teachers from the same school are encouraged to apply. Registration will remain open until April 4, 2014.  Quality applicants are accepted on a rolling basis, with all applicants notified of their status by April 11, 2014.

We do regret that at this time we cannot accept teachers from outside of North Carolina, but your state may have a similar program.

Fees and Expenses

Lodging, all meals, admission fees, materials, and transportation while at the Academy are fully funded by grants and local businesses. There is no application fee, however upon selection, participants are required to submit a deposit of $100 to hold their spot in the Academy. The deposit will be returned upon arrival. Refusal to submit the deposit will forfeit your spot in the Academy.

For more information, contact:

Renee Strnad
Project Learning Tree State Coordinator
NC State University

Susan Moore
Forestry and Environmental Outreach Program
NC State University