The Forest to Classroom (F2C) professional development program was created to connect educators to forest resources in North Carolina and assist with implementing forestry education in the classroom. Forestry remains one of North Carolina’s top industries, with over 18.6 million acres of forestland in the state, providing $18.5 billion in economic output and employing over 70,000 citizens (2013 data).
The 2019 F2C program is dedicated to STEM Education!
STEM Education has become a priority in many school districts for a variety of reasons, including building critical thinking and problem-solving skills, learning how to learn, reaching traditionally underachieving students, and having a more engaging classroom experience. The 2019 F2C Program is designed to help educators combine STEM and environmental education in their classrooms. The program will include field days, a mill tour to see technology in action, as well as classroom instruction. Instructors will including county science specialists and university educators. Activities from Project Learning Tree and other curriculum will be used to help teachers carry back what they have learned into the classroom. Continuing education (CEU) and EE Certification (Criteria II & III) credits will be provided.