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Temperate Forest Foundation Teacher Tours
2007 Teacher Forestry Tours
- Pacific Northwest Portland, OR June 27-30
- Lake States Escanaba, MI July 18-21
- Northeast Saranac Lake, NY August 8-11
The Temperate Forest Foundation has been involved in Teacher Forestry Tours since 1994. The Foundation creates large coalitions of public and private forestland owners and forest product producers to show how sustainable forestry is practiced on various regional landscapes.
Teachers are sponsored by a local business, association or agency, which pays a registration fee and round-trip travel expenses. The tours run from a Wednesday afternoon to a Saturday morning, and include two days full of woods and mill visits. It all starts with a historic overview of the area, taking into account social, economic, and environmental perspectives. The first evening may be at a historic park or museum, where teachers enjoy the local food and culture.
Teachers visit a variety of mills (paper, engineered wood, solid wood, treated wood), forests (private industrial, non-industrial private, public), and are taken on a variety of educational stops (state parks, plantations, experimental forests, learning centers, recycling facilities). After reviewing the tour and sharing some insights, teachers head home with a lot of new friends, information, and concepts they can bring to their classrooms. Lasting business-education partnerships often develop between the teachers and the local businesses that sponsored them.
If you are interested in sponsoring a teacher or becoming a general tour sponsor, please contact the Foundation.
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