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Forestry Institute for Teachers 2020

California Society of American Foresters

Forestry Institute for Teachers 2020

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The California Society of American Foresters invite you to participate in the Forestry Institute for Teachers (FIT) professional development program.  This is our 28th year of the providing FIT to California educators!


Come on your own or as a TEAM!  If you register as a Team the team leader sets up the Team with a Team Name (school name for example) and then other team members select from the list of team names.


PLEASE NOTE: Each session can accommodate a roster maximum of 30-50 participants.  50-80 "tickets" are allocated to each session because experience has shown that 20-30 applicants withdraw prior to the session, so it is necessary to overbook.  Once the roster maximum is exceeded for a session the applicant must select another session.  When the roster maximum is met, then the participation criteria, which may be seen here, are applied to determine who is accepted.


Frequently Asked Questions


If you have a question that is not addressed below, then please email here.


What is the refund policy?


There is no refund for the registration fee for those that withdraw from the program or fail to show up at the session.  The intent of the registration fee is to reduce the >30% withdrawal rate.  The registration funds are used to support about 3 participants each year.


Can I attend FIT again?


FIT is free to first time participants, though they must cover their personal travel costs to the session location.  Past FIT participants may repeat if they pay the participation cost of $800.


Is FIT just for California teachers?


Yes, FIT is for California teachers because the funding is from California sources and each of the sessions are forest ecosystem specific.  FIT-like programs are offered in other states.


Is the curriculum or program the same at each location?


Yes, the curriculum is largely the same at all 4 sessions. FIT presents forestry and models NGSS education concepts thoughout the week.  Participants are introduced to basic forest management concepts by invited natural resource professionals early in the week.  Field trips are provided to learn more about the newly introduced concepts.  About half of the week is dedicated to curriculum development that focuses on the award winning Project Learning Tree and Project WET environmental education curriculum.  The education staff are all credentialed teachers who have emphasized project-based learning and NGSS in the classroom.  Because of the different forest type and ownership patterns the Humboldt session is somewhat different from the Sierra sessions.
Is FIT aligned to Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)?
Yes.  The FIT education staff are all trained in NGSS.  They are also trained facilitators in Project Learning Tree and Project WET, as well.  A goal of FIT is to model NGSS and environmental education curriculum development and implementation.
How many professional development hours can I obtain?
Those who complete FIT can obtain up to 3 Professional Development credits.  The 3 credits are based on 40 hours of educational content.  The 3 Sierra sessions (Plumas, Tuolumne & Shasta) provide up to 3 Professional Development Academic Credits through UC Davis Extension at a cost of $200 in 2019.  The Humboldt session provides 3 academic credits through Humboldt State University at a cost of $180.  Application for credits occurs either during or after the session is completed depending on the session.

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Quincy, CA; Sonora, CA; Shingletown, CA; Arcata, CA



California Society of American Foresters

The Society of American Foresters (SAF) is the national scientific and educational organization representing the forestry profession in the United States. Founded in 1900 by Gifford Pinchot, it is the largest professional society for foresters in the world. The mission of the Society of American Foresters is to advance the science, education, technology, and practice of forestry; to enhance the competency of its members; to establish professional excellence; and, to use the knowledge, skills, and conservation ethic of the profession to ensure the continued health and use of forest ecosystems and the present and future availability of forest resources to benefit society. SAF is a nonprofit organization meeting the requirements of 501 (c) (3). SAF members include natural resource professionals in public and private settings, researchers, CEOs, administrators, educators, and students.

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