Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Project Learning Tree

In the Forest Management curriculum we try to help students receive additional certifications that will help them stand out as a potential employee when submitting a resume for posted job openings in the field of forestry.  Some state level and federal level foresters are required to receive a number of EE (environmental education) training hours per year for pay grade advancement and one of those that is recognized is the Project Learning Tree Training certification for environmental education presentation for grades Pre-K through 12. 

This course teaches students to use the PLT activity guide to present and educate those age classes about environmental interactions with biotic and abiotic components of different ecosystems and also explains, with interactive activities, ecological issues we face within our forests.  Forest Management and Wildlife Management students spent all day last Friday being trained by Forest Rangers from the Holmes Educational State Forest on how to use the manual to go out and present the various activities to all of the age groups mentioned.  After doing many of the activities in small groups with the Rangers observing, the class was awarded training certificates for Project Learning Tree.

In February we will be offering Leave No Trace, (LNT) awareness certification for back country ethics to any students that are interested in building more certification to submit with a resume in the future. The pictures with this post shows the class with the Rangers showing off the new awards and one of the interactive skits they were doing that day. (Post by Bob Pinkston)

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