About the Institute
This six-day Institute is designed to provide teachers
(grades 3-12) with a basic understanding of forest
ecology and management. At the end of this institute,
educators will be able to:
♦ Describe forests and their components: forest types,
abiotic and biotic components of forest ecosystems.
♦ Explain the historic, current, and future
importance/uses of forests in Michigan and globally,
and threats to forests (climate change, invasive
species, disease, land use changes, fire ecology).
♦ Discuss forest management and sustainability: biodiversity,
silvicultural prescriptions, forest health,
multiple uses (wildlife, water, recreation, timber).
♦ Identify and utilize a variety of resources to design
and implement a forestry teaching unit, forest
education/ management program, and/or schoolcommunity
outreach program on forestry.
Michigan Tech brings together the expertise of
university faculty, scientists, natural resource
management professionals, and educators to conduct this
Institute. Through lecture, hands-on data collection and
analysis, field trips, technology applications, and
assignments, participants will obtain new knowledge and
skills that can be adapted to their work with students.
Teachers will receive classroom resources and
curriculum support materials.
The Institute will provide participants with standardsbased
professional development, an opportunity to
participate in real-world, inquiry-based investigations,
and time to share teaching ideas with their peers.
In addition, participants will gain a sense of forest
stewardship—by better understanding how human
activities interact with forest distribution and health.
Participants will enhance their teaching skills—by
sharing ideas and innovative approaches to curriculum
development and delivery with other educators; and will
be better able to guide their students’ interest in natural
resource careers after interacting with a variety of
scientists and natural resource professionals.