Teachers’ Conservation Institute

Texas Forestry

2015 TCI DATES ANNOUNCED

  June 21-26 - Click here to register

  July 12-17 - Click here to register

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The Teachers' Conservation Institute (TCI) is a week-long workshop held in East Texas which uses the forest to teach environmental education. Activities are led by foresters, educators, natural resource conservationists and industry professionals. Two courses are available, Phase I - A Complete Natural Resource Cycle and Phase II - Inquiry and Field Investigations in the Forest.

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Phase I - A Complete Natural Resource Cycle

This interdisciplinary workshop focuses on the environmental, economic, and social well-being of the state that comes through the scientific stewardship of its natural resources. Sessions take place indoors, in the forest, and on a variety of field trips. Elementary, middle school, and secondary teachers participate in field trips together. Teachers are divided into grade level groups for afternoon curriculum sessions.

Activities

  • Project Learning Tree
  • Project WILD
  • Tree and Leaf Identification
  • Evening Natural History Programs
  • Morning Nature Walks

Field Trips

  • Forest Nursery
  • Seed Orchard
  • Logging Operation
  • Sawmill
  • Paper Mill
  • Tree Farm
  • Texas Forestry Museum

Participants Receive

  • Certification in Project WILD and Project Learning Tree - award-winning environmental education curricula with over 90 interdisciplinary activities each
  • TEKS Correlations
  • 45 hours of State Board of Educator Certification (SBEC) Continuing Professional Education
  • 45 hours of Texas Environmental Education Advisory Committee (TEEAC) credit
  • Professional Development Appraisal System (PDAS) hours, as described in Links I and II.
  • Gifted/Talented credit through your district is available.

Cost

Registration per person, including all teaching materials and instruction, food, lodging, and transportation during the workshop is only $250.

Phase II - Inquiry and Field Investigations in the Forest

A comprehensive look at East Texas forest ecology with some of the best foresters, anthropologists, soil scientists, wildlife biologists and education experts in Texas. Join other graduates from TCI Phase I for field investigations in water quality, best management practices, vegetation surveys, special wildlife management areas and an in-depth look at cultural impacts on the forest. Elementary, middle school, and secondary teachers participate in field trips together. Teachers are divided into grade level groups for afternoon curriculum sessions.  Offered again in 2016.

Participants Receive

  • Certification as a Project Learning Tree Facilitator
  • Hands-on experience with inquiry-based and field investigation activities
  • TEKS Correlations
  • 45 hours of State Board of Educator Certification (SBEC) Continuing Professional Education
  • 45 hours of Texas Environmental Education Advisory Committee (TEEAC) credit
  • Professional Development Appraisal System (PDAS) hours, as described in Links I and II.
  • Gifted/Talented credit is available.

Cost

Registration per person, including all teaching materials and instruction, food, lodging, and transportation during the workshop is only $300. Participation in Phase I is a prerequisite for attending Phase II.

For more information about TCI, call 1-866-TX TREES or email us email us. Please include your name, complete mailing address and grade level.