Scholarship Applications are now available for the Boeing sponsored “Forest Ecology” teacher workshop scheduled for April 26 and 27, 2014. The deadline for submission is April 9, 2014 @ 5:00 PM.
The Forest Ecology workshop is a study in forest ecology designed to provide educators with the necessary tools and resources to foster student understanding of and appreciation for the forested lands throughout North America. Educators will be working directly with CalFire and National Resources Conservation Service foresters located in the San Bernardino Mountain area of Lake Arrowhead which were ravaged by wildfires.
This two-day teacher workshop will provide twenty (20) educators with valuable tools, including Project Learning Tree’s “Exploring Environmental Issues: Focus on Forests” curriculum, which provides an opportunity for hands-on study of forest resources while addressing concepts in biology, civics, ecology, economics, forest management, and other subject areas. Project Learning Tree (PLT) is one of the most widely used environmental education programs in the United States and abroad. PLT continues to set the standard for environmental education excellence. Educators will receive the PLT PreK-8 activity guide and/or the secondary thematic modules (Forest Ecology, Focus on Forests, Solid Waste, Risk, Places We Live) for use with older youth. Through the activities found within this module, educators will have their students examine ecological systems of a forest; analyze interdependencies within a forest ecosystem; and explore factors, such as fire, that shape the development of forests. In addition, students will develop critical thinking skills and discover the importance of scientific analysis when making decisions about forest issues.
Twenty (20) Teacher Scholarships will be awarded to attend a two-day, overnight training session located in the Lake Arrowhead area of the San Bernardino National Forest. Scholarships include all meals, lodging (Best Western, Big Bear Lake), curriculum materials, and a $50 transportation stipend. Scholarships are limited and are on a first come, first served basis. Sorry, no spouses or partners may accompany the workshop attendee due to limited arrangements.
A $50 REFUNDABLE DEPOSIT will be required for all scholarship recipients upon acceptance of application to confirm your attendance at this workshop. Your check will be returned to you upon check in on April 26.