Mini Sustainable Forestry Tours 2021

For 6th-12th grade teachers and counselors

We’re excited to offer Mini Sustainable Forestry Tours for 2021. Mindful of the pandemic and our commitment to safety, Mini-SFT’s offer a shorter experience with minimal travel and fewer participants per class than our traditional weeklong residential SFT program. What hasn’t changed? Beautiful forests, high-tech mills, passionate people, delicious food, proven activities for the classroom, VIP treatment and a full-circle experience of modern sustainable forestry.

$50 deposit is refunded upon course completion. Travel reimbursements of up to $100 are available.

Forest Tours Summer 2021 sessions

North Central Idaho (click here to sign up)

  • Pre-event  Zoom session: June 15, 2021. 6-7 pm (Pacific time zone)
  • In person: June 23-24, 2021 (Moscow and Lewiston areas). 8:30 am -4:30 pm.
    -June 23 – Meet and leave vehicles near Princeton (exact location coming soon)
    -June 24 – Meet and leave vehicles in Lewiston (exact location coming soon)
    A shuttle
    may be arranged for those needing transport to the initial meeting sites.
  • Post-event Zoom session: July 8, 2021. 6-7 pm (Pacific time zone)

Northern Idaho (click here to sign up)

  • Intro Zoom session: June 15, 2021. 6-7 pm (Pacific time zone)
  • In-person: June 30-July 1, 2021. 8:30 am – 4:30 pm.
    -June 30 – Meet and leave vehicles at Cedar Mountain B & B, 25249 N Hatch Rd, Athol
    -July 1 – Meet and leave vehicles at USFS Coeur d’Alene Nursery. 3600 W Nursery Rd, Coeur d’Alene
    A shuttle may be arranged for those needing transport to the initial meeting sites.
  • Wrap-up Zoom session: July 8, 2021. 6-7 pm (Pacific time zone)

Who should attend?

Local school counselors and teachers of 6th -12th grades, especially if you engage youth through career education, agriculture/natural resources, CTE, sciences, social studies, language arts, math, technology, engineering, mechanics and/or STEM. Participants should be currently active in their career, with the expectation of working with school students in the upcoming school year.

What will participants do?

Explore beautiful forests • Identify trees • Investigate sustainable forest management • Experience proven standards-based activities to use with your students • Learn about careers • Tour a high-tech sawmill • Network with colleagues • Interact with people who care for forests and make products you use every day • Touch the future forest at a seedling nursery • Enjoy delicious meals • See the full-circle process of making products out of trees while sustaining forest ecosystems • Be motivated to share hands-on activities, knowledge, experiences and passion with your students!

More details

  • Mini-SFT is especially for LOCAL teachers and counselors.
  • Mini-SFT is FREE thanks to generous sponsors!! Your $50 deposit will be refunded to you when you complete the course. Travel reimbursements of up to $100 are available. 
  • You will enjoy delicious lunches and snacks.
  • You’ll receive the new Green Jobs: Exploring Forest Careers Educator Guide from Project Learning Tree, along with training and supporting resources.
  • For the two field days, you need to arrive at the meeting site each morning for 8:30 am start. From there, all in-program transportation is provided. We’ll return to the meeting site by 4:30 pm each day.
  • Two optional credits are available through Northwest Nazarene University, $60/credit payable by participant.
  • The hours for the two credits are about half in-person and half virtual. The virtual portion includes short zoom sessions, with the rest conducted on your own. Complete by July 8.
  • Total time commitment = 30 hours (15/credit).
  • Covid-safe protocols will be in place depending on current CDC and IFPC guidelines.

Tour participation is limited to the target audiences. Space on each tour is limited. A waiting list will be maintained.