Teach for Forests: Forest Education for Teachers and Youth Leaders

Learn about trees, wildlife, water, and ecology. Learn to teach children and teens with activities and through curriculum recommendations. Earn Act 48 credits.
Teach for Forests: Forest Education for Teachers and Youth Leaders - Online Courses
Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate
Length of Access: 365 days
Sections: 6
Length: 9 hours, 30 minutes
Language: English
Note: This course offers 10 PDE Act 48 credits and a certificate. It contains materials similar to the content in Understanding Forests and Woodland Stewardship. It is designed for educators interested in learning and teaching about forests.

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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 asynchronous, 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.

By successfully completing this course, including passing a final quiz, you can earn 10 Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) Act 48 credits, as well as a course certificate of completion.

Who is this for?
  • Teachers working in schools
  • Leaders in youth-serving organizations (such as scouting and 4-H leaders)
  • Educators at environmental and nature centers
What will you learn?
  • Importance of teaching youth about forests and forest ecosystems
  • Appropriate activities and curricula to use when teaching youth about forests
  • Abiotic, biotic, and cultural factors that shape ecosystems
  • Concepts of wildlife habitat and wildlife management, specific to habitats and species in Pennsylvania
  • How to use a tree ID key to identify trees based on their leaves
  • Key elements of silviculture, including the management of residual trees and regeneration
  • Land uses and best management practices that affect water quality.


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