MONTICELLO (AGFC) – The 2013 Teacher Conservation Tour, sponsored by the Arkansas Forestry Association Education Foundation, will be held June 17-21 in Monticello. The focus of the five-day workshop is on the environmental and economic benefits of Arkansas's forest lands.
The educational workshop and tour provides educators with a lot of time in the woods, learning about the interaction between forests, the environment and the economy. Participants will tour forest product manufacturing facilities, view wildlife conservation efforts, as well as harvesting and replanting operations all while learning valuable information about forest communities. Participants also will meet and learn from natural resource professionals who are in the field conducting the work on a daily basis.
"This is not your typical 8-4 classroom workshop," stresses Rob Beadel, AFAEF Education Director. "Our days are long and packed full of field activities keeping the participants engaged throughout the week." Teachers will earn 30 professional development hours including six technology hours and two hours of Arkansas History approved by the Arkansas Department of Education.
Although the five-day workshop provides teachers of grades K through 12 with professional development, any formal or informal educator may apply for the tour. The AFAEF covers all food, lodging and tour costs.
The workshop will be based at the School of Forest Resources at the University of Arkansas at Monticello campus. Lodging will be provided at the Holiday Inn Express. The $125 registration fee covers all lodging, meals, and transportation during the workshop. Participants must provide their own transportation to and from Monticello. Space is limited to 25 participants and selected on a first-received, first-reserved basis. Visit the AFA website at http://www.arkforests.org/teacher-conservation-tour.html
for more information about the Teacher Conservation Tour and to download an application form.