Teacher Conservation Institute

Texas Forestry

Online registration is available.

The Teacher Conservation Institute (TCI) is a series of multi-day professional development workshops for educators focusing on the scientific stewardship of our natural resources. The courses are designed to showcase the environmental, social, and economic benefits provided by our Texas forests while equipping teachers with resources to implement TEKS-correlated forestry education in the classroom.

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2020 Teacher Conservation Institute Course Offerings

ForesTREE Experience

TBD (Note, April 23-24, 2020 was cancelled due to COVID-19)

Who should attend:

Teachers of grades K-8 interested in learning about forest ecosystems, water, wildlife, and conservation education topics in a fun, hands-on professional development program.

What to expect:

Interact with foresters, biologists, educators, and forest industry professionals who care for forest lands and make wood products that we use every day. Receive Project Learning Tree Pre K-8 educator certification and teacher guide. Hands-on learning will include resources and activities that you can bring to life in your classroom or school yard through citizen science, STEM, career exploration, and field study. 14 hours SBEC CPE and TEEAC credit.

Day 1: E.O. Siecke State Forest (Call, TX near Kirbyville) - 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM   

  - Learn about Texas forest ecosystems, habitat management, forest hydrology, fire ecology ~  animal and plant functions and structures, nature journals, water cycles, and more.    

  - Receive training in Project Learning Tree’s interdisciplinary environmental education curriculum.

Day 2:  E.O. Siecke State Forest (Call, TX near Kirbyville), meet and begin tours - 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM    

  -  Tree Life Cycle field sites:  tour a working forest, a timber harvesting operation, and WestRock paper mill.


$50 registration fee includes lunch both days, field trip transportation, Project Learning Tree curriculum, and training materials.  Do you have questions? Call us at 936-273-2261.

Online registration is available here.

TCI Urban Connections

Dates TBA

Who should attend:

Teachers of grades K-12 interested in learning about how urban forests contribute to our social, environmental and economic well-being, and how to incorporate these topics into the classroom.

What to expect:

Interact with local natural resource professionals who are experts in the ecosystems and landscape ecology of Austin.
Hands-on learning will include field trips, resources and hands-on activities that can help you implement citizen science, career exploration, and field study in your own classroom.
Receive training in Project Learning Tree’s interdisciplinary environmental education curriculum designed to teach students critical and creative thinking.

How to register:


Phase I: A Complete Natural Resource Cycle

Offered again in 2021

Who Should Attend?

Classroom teachers of all grades, non-formal educators, or anyone interested in teaching youth about forestry and conservation education. Participants must be at least 18 years old.

What to Expect

Receive training in Project Learning Tree’s interdisciplinary environmental education curriculum designed to teach students critical and creative thinking.
Interact with foresters, biologists, loggers, landowners, and mill workers who care for forests and make products you use every day.
Tour a forestry museum, seedling nursery, family owned tree farm, timber harvest operation and forest product manufacturing facilities.

What others are saying

  • “This week was so much more than I expected. It not only expanded my teaching strategies and knowledge, but improved my understanding of all aspects of the timber industry.”  -R. Brown, Huntington ISD
  • “Super organized. Loved the flow of daily activities as well as the week overall. Field trips were invaluable and so informative. Size of the group was intimate and comfortable to share and learn.”   -R. Lester, First Baptist Church Preschool, Boerne
  • “This has been one of the best professional development programs I have participated in. From a reasonable cost to the guest speakers and field trips, I have challenged my misconceptions, knowledge and skills.”  -C. Dietz, Dallas Arboretum