Summer Institutes for Teachers

This in-depth professional development includes critical thinking, lesson planning, time outdoors, and lots of resources to incorporate teaching about forests and forestry into your classroom.

Outstanding Educator
Lori Nicholson

Lori came to the St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge in Florida in 2005 and became its first Environmental Education Specialist. She works with groups of …

Outstanding Educator
Debbie Fluegel

  Through the nonprofit group Trees Forever, Debbie works with communities, landowners, and farmers to conduct hands-on planting projects to diversify and enhance community forests …

Outstanding Educator
Tarneshia Evans

As Children’s Garden Educator at Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens in Richmond, Tarneshia plans and carries out nature activities for children and their families. Previously she …

Outstanding Educator
Steve Scharosch

Steve operates Abacus Enterprises, Inc., a firm that develops and uses quantitative methods for land management planning. As a forest biometrician, he works with landowners …

Outstanding Educator
Maurine Rose Banzhaf

Maurine Rose Banzhaf, Master Environmental Educator, Woodland Park, Colorado When she moved to Colorado from Texas in 2010, Rose became an active, enthusiastic leader in …

Outstanding Educator
Marne Titchenell

Marne Titchenell, Extension Wildlife Program Specialist, Ohio State University Extension, Columbus, Ohio Marne provides educational programs, workshops, conferences, and publications on a variety of natural …

Outstanding Educator
Chanda Cooper

Chanda Cooper, Education Coordinator, Richmond Soil and Water Conservation District, Columbia, South Carolina  Chanda plans activities based on her research into the impact that outdoor, …

Summer Reading List

From informative nonfiction reads to silly fictional tales, this list separated by grade level will help kids–and adults–stay on top of their reading.