SFI is a leader in environmental education through professional development and curriculum resources that use trees and forests as a window on the world.
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.
PROJECT LEARNING TREE
PLT is an award-winning environmental education program designed for educators, parents, and community leaders working with youth from preschool through college and university – we are developing the critical-thinking, problem-solving, and effective decision-making skills the next generation needs to sustain our forests and natural resources. SFI and PLT are working to ensure educators and youth leaders understand and value the benefits of forests and what our environment needs to remain healthy and sustainable.
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.