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.

Each summer for the past 28 years we have offered TCI Phase I: A Complete Natural Resource cycle, a five-day workshop in the Pineywoods of East Texas. Additional workshops offered vary from year to year.

Registration begins on March 1 and will close on May 31 or when each course reaches its capacity. This year’s courses include:

Watch this video to find out more about why you should attend with us.

2019 Teacher Conservation Institute Course Offerings


TCI ForesTREE Experience

June 19-20, 2019

Who should attend:

Teachers of grades K-8 interested in learning about forest ecosystems and conservation education topics, and sharing that knowledge with students in the classroom.

What to expect:

Interact with foresters, biologists, educators, loggers, arborists, fire managers, and landowners who care for forest lands and make products we use every day.
Hands-on learning will include resources and activities that you can bring to life in your classroom or school yard through citizen science, career exploration, and field study.
Receive training in Project Learning Tree’s interdisciplinary environmental education curriculum designed to teach students critical and creative thinking.
14 hours SBEC CPE and 14 hours TEEAC credit. Class time is 8:30 am to 4:00 pm each day.

Day 1: William Goodrich Jones State Forest Classroom, Conroe - 8:30 AM

Learn about Texas forest ecosystems, habitat management, forest hydrology, fire ecology, and implications of an endangered bird species that is native to Texas.

Day 2: New Waverly Public Library, meet and go on tours - 8:30 AM

Tour a family owned tree farm, timber harvest operation and a working sawmill.

Registration:

$30 registration fee includes lunch both days, field trip transportation, and training materials.

Online registration is available here.


TCI Urban Connections

June 25-27, 2019

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.
18 hours SBEC CPE and 18 hours TEEAC credit.

How to register:

$50 registration fee includes lunch all three days, materials and fieldtrip transportation.  The registration fee is REFUNDABLE upon completion of the workshop for those who attend all three days.

Registration is available here. 


Phase I: A Complete Natural Resource Cycle

July 8-12, 2019

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.
40 hours SBEC CPE credit and 40 hours TEEAC credit.

Cost

$250 registration fee includes curriculum, Monday-Thursday lodging, meals, and field trip transportation. Online registration is available here


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