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Alabama's Classroom in the Forest
The Alabama TREASURE Forest Association (ATFA) is dedicated to developing a network of landowners and stakeholders
in our forest natural resources that is empowered with the desire and ability to encourage and educate our youth, other
landowners, and the general public concerning the management of these resources.
Classroom in the Forest - Forest in the Classroom &trade was created to communicate the role private lands
and private landowners play in environmentally and economically benefiting Alabama and all of its people.
This project provides forest landowners, stakeholders, and professionals the opportunity to work together to educate children
and their teachers, and rekindle, through education and encouragement, a feeling of pride and respect for the land and private
So what exactly is Classroom in the Forest?
Classroom in the Forest has two goals. The first goal is to educate fifth-grade students
and their teachers about multiple use management of our forest resources and how important private
landowners are in the management of these valuable resources. The second goal is to involve private landowners
and stakeholders in the education of our youth, other landowners, and the general public about the importance
of our natural resources. To promote good stewardship, ATFA is developing Volunteer Resrouce Teams to take
the Forest to the Classroom, and the Classroom to the Forest.
To reach these goals, the ATFA will:
1.) Privide Teaching Resource Kits
- Teaching Guide
- Activity Sheets
2.) Develop Volunteer Resource Teams
- Recruit volunteers from private landownser, resource agencies, ATFA members, stakeholders and others.
- Provide two 2 hour development sessions for volunteer training on the use of Teaching Resource Kits.
3.) Take the forest to fifth grade classrooms.
- Volunteer Resource Teams will make presnetations to fifth graders in their classroom.
4.) Take fifth-grade classrooms to the forest.
- Field trips to a Certified TREASURE Forest.
5.) Give ATFA membership to each participating classroom.
The emphasis of the ATFA is to promote wise management of our forest resources and to educate the general public
on the importance of private land ownership and private landowners. Classroom in the Forest will expose
more school-age children to the TREASURE Forest philosophy of managing our forests for a variety of resources in a way
that sustains productivity for future generations.