We Get Kids THINKING About Trees

Carrie Tauscher

Indiana Natural Resources Teacher Institute

The Indiana Natural Resources Teacher Institute is a multi-day professional development workshop that will bring 18 teachers from across the state to Morgan-Monroe State Forest to see firsthand how forestry works in Indiana. Sessions include tours of public and private forest lands, forest industry facilities, and forestry research in Indiana.

The goal of the institute is to provide Indiana teachers with knowledge, skills and tools to effectively teach their students about forest ecology and forest management practices. The forest environment becomes the basis for integrating the learning of many subject areas, including environmental science, biology, natural resources, and social science. STEM concepts and principles will be incorporated throughout the sessions. The program empowers teachers to foster conceptual learning, critical thinking and decision-making skills in their classrooms.

Learning the importance of trees

Attendees are prepared for outdoor activities

BENEFITS: The Natural Resources Teacher Institute emphasizes the importance of conservation of natural resources with special attention given to Indiana’s forests and forest products. The project-based approach integrates hands-on study of the natural and cultural resources of the local community, addresses concepts in ecology, sense of place, civics, economics and forest land management and stewardship. Participants will develop a curriculum project about forests or forestry for their classrooms.… Continue reading

Indiana Community Tree Steward Training, Richmond, IN

Indiana Community Tree Steward Two-Day Training at Hayes Arboretum
May 28 & 29, 2015

The Community & Urban Forestry’s Tree Steward Program is designed for homeowners, tree board members, municipal employees, Community members, volunteers, students, Master Gardeners, and anyone that has an interest in learning more about trees and giving back to their community forest.

Trainers Include: City Foresters, Certified Arborists, Foresters, Purdue Extension Agents, District Conservationists, and other natural resource professionals.

Participants Gain: Knowledge on a variety of community forestry and tree care related topics. Ideas on how to share their knowledge in their communities. An introduction to local and state tree care professionals.

Topics Include:

  • The Scoop on Soils
  • How Does a Tree Grow?
  • Tree Identification
  • The Right Tree for the Right Place
  • Proper Tree Planting
  • Caring for Your Trees
  • Threats to Trees: Pests & Disease Diagnosis
  • Pruning Do’s & Don’ts
  • Identifying Tree Defects
  • Benefits of the Urban Forest
  • Why Urban Woodlots are Important
  • Volunteer Opportunities

Download the Curriculum Description

Location: Hayes Arboretum  801 Elks Country Club Road, Richmond, IN 47374

Hayes Arboretum

Hayes Arboretum west entrance sign

Hayes Arboretum Nature Center

Hayes Arboretum Nature Center

Registration Fee: The registration fee is $30.00 and includes: training materials, lunch and… Continue reading