SFI Connects Youth to Forests through Education
Fostering an appreciation and understanding of the natural world is critical to healthy mental and physical development in youth. But today’s American and Canadian kids spend more time indoors than previous generations.
That’s why a key component of SFI’s community engagement is educating youth, to ensure they can be effective future leaders and have a strong understanding of the value of responsibly managed forests.
SFI supports a wide range of educational initiatives to move kids from screen time to tree time through the SFI Conservation and Community Partnerships Grant Program, our SFI Implementation Committees’ support for local teacher tours and summer youth camps, and partnerships with a variety of youth outreach organizations.
Project Learning Tree and SFI Join Forces
SFI has become the new home of Project Learning Tree (PLT)! PLT is an award-winning environmental education program that uses trees and forests as windows on the world to increase youth understanding of the environment and actions they can take to conserve it. PLT’s integration into SFI provides an opportunity for the program to expand its reach and impact. And SFI’s role as a sustainability leader will be bolstered by PLT’s expertise in education, an increasing focus in SFI’s community engagement work. PLT was previously housed at the American Forest Foundation. Read about this exciting announcement here, and learn more about PLT here.
Highlights from SFI Youth Program Partners
Boy Scouts of America and SFI have a memorandum of mutual support agreeing to work together to demonstrate forest stewardship and environmental education for America’s youth.
SFI sponsored a conference for Project Learning Tree coordinators and educators to help create an environmental education model to roll out across the U.S.
SFI supports the Walk in the Forest Program, from South Dakota Project Learning Tree. It uses community forests, local volunteers and resource professionals to provide a forest field day at or near local schools.
Funding from SFI helps the Earth Rangers School Assembly Program offer a curriculum-linked assembly presentation, for grades 1 to 6, that uses science-based information to educate students about the importance of conserving biodiversity across Canada.
The Marten Monitoring and Youth Knowledge Transfer Program, led by the Cree First Nation of Waswanipi in Quebec, is evaluating the impact of wildlife management guidelines on marten populations and transferring knowledge to Cree youth. Indigenous youth programs are a special SFI focus.
Scouts Canada and SFI use education and demonstration activities to help youth learn about sustainable forestry, environmental conservation and how to use natural resources wisely.
SFI Youth Program Partners