Shasta Forestry Institute for Teachers
What is FIT?
The Forestry Institute for Teachers (FIT) is a free residential program offered to Kindergarten through 12th grade educators in California. FIT brings educators into an immersive, week-long field experience with topic-specific training about California’s forest ecosystems, human use of natural resources and environmental education curriculum. The knowledge, skills and tools provided enable educators to effectively teach about forest ecology and forest resource management practices while adopting Next-Generation Science Standards (NGSS) through Project Learning Tree (PLT) and Project WILD. FIT curriculum and sessions are directed by teams of University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE) Natural Resources/Forestry Advisors and highly qualified K-12 education professionals.
Details of the Shasta FIT
The Shasta FIT session takes place at an outdoor field camp located near Shingletown, CA. This location provides close access to a diversity of forest management activity including timber harvesting, lumber manufacturing, wildfire restoration, and wildlife enhancement. Throughout the week, over 40 local resource professionals from UCCE, USDA Forest Service, USDOI Park Service, California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, Department of Fish and Wildlife, private industry, consulting land managers and environmental advocacy groups work with FIT participants to share their knowledge and experience.
Preparing for Shasta FIT
Be sure to review the following documents prior to attending Shasta FIT: