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A Forest For Every Classroom

A Forest For Every Classroom
A Forest for Every Classroom (FFEC) is a year-long professional development program for educators focused on place-based education. Teachers who participate in FFEC develop curricula that foster student understanding of and appreciation for the public lands in their communities. The teacher-developed curricula integrate hands-on, natural and cultural explorations that address concepts in ecology, sense of place, stewardship, and civics. At the heart of the FFEC program is the belief that students who are immersed in the interdisciplinary study of “place” are more eager to learn and be involved in the stewardship of their communities and public lands.

The FFEC program began in the northeast, and includes the following partners: Green Mountain National Forest, Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park, National Park Service Conservation Study Institute, Northeast Natural Resource Center of the National Wildlife Federation, Northern Forest Center, and Shelburne Farms. In 2009, the FFEC program will be replicated on the Helena National Forest in Montana.