The SC Teachers’ Tour is a project of the SC Forestry Foundation that provides professional development credit through the College of Charleston for certified teachers throughout the state. Selected applicants are given a first-hand experience of the forests and mills of South Carolina, with curriculum that focuses on the impact forests have on our state’s environment, economy, and quality of life. A wide range of topics related to sustainable forestry are covered during online assignments and the 5-day tour, including the history of the forestry profession in the US, forest management practices, the diversity of forest land ownership and management in SC, wildlife management and biodiversity, harvesting operations and best management practices, and forest products from a variety of industries located in the state. Additionally, teachers will be exposed to educational tools, like Project Learning Tree - a beneficial, educational program that provides unique forestry and environmental science lessons with activities that apply to all subjects.
The 5-day tour is offered annually in June, with applications due at the end of April. Teachers’ Tour sponsors provide all meals, lodging (double occupancy), materials, t-shirt, and transportation during the tour for free. After completing the course, various professional development opportunities and resources will be provided to the Teachers’ Tour graduates. These include travel grants, PLT materials, and advanced workshops to assist environmental and forestry-related education in and outside of the classroom.
Additional resources can be found on the SC Forestry Commission’s Teachers’ Tour website
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