Teach for Forests: Forest Education for Teachers and Youth Leaders
Forests are a renewable resource, and every day, we each use hundreds of products that come from them. It is important to teach youth about the value of forests, as they will come to care for them as citizens and potential future landowners. And when teaching youth about these topics, it is essential that you are knowledgeable about trees and forest ecosystems.
In this self-paced course you will learn about forest trees, wildlife and water. You'll also learn about forest ecology, history, and management. Videos, readings, and knowledge check activities will help you learn about the importance of forests, as well as introduce you to some practical ways for teaching and inspiring youth.
This course offers 10 Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) Act 48 credits. To receive these credits, you must provide your PPID # and approve for Penn State to release your educational information for Act 48 purposes when registering. Additionally, you must pass a final quiz with a minimum score of 70%. Once you pass, it may take up to a month for your credits to be reported to and verified by PDE. Last, due to PDE requirements you will be emailed an Impact Evaluation from a Penn State Extension educator about a month after you've completed this course.
Note: You can take this course and NOT receive Act 48 credits. For more information about Act 48 credits, visit the PDE Continuing Education web page.
- Teachers working in schools
- Leaders in youth-serving organizations (such as scouting and 4-H leaders)
- Educators at environmental and nature centers
You will learn how to:
- teach youth using appropriate forest teaching activities and curricula
- understand how abiotic, biotic, and cultural factors shape ecosystems
- recognize specific habitats and species of Pennsylvania
- use a tree ID key key to identify trees
- make sense of the key elements of silviculture
- understand best land use and management practices
Some courses also provide credits that can go towards professional certifications. None of the online courses offer credits that can go on a college transcript.
Please refer to the course description to learn if a specific course offers certificates and/or credits towards professional certification.
The definition of a passing grade varies from course to course. Once you register for an online course, please log in to learn about a specific course’s grading criteria.
Also, keep in mind that not all courses offer certificates. Please refer to the course description to learn whether or not a specific course offers a certificate.
Michael Jacobson, Ph.D.