ATLANTA (Jan. 13, 2017) – On March 24-25, the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC), the Greening Youth Foundation (GYF) and the U.S. Forest Service will host the A Forest For Every Classroom workshop for teachers from Atlanta and North Georgia at the Len Foote Hike Inn in Amicalola Falls State Park. The workshop will focus on place-based service learning and will provide teachers with resources, techniques and methods for teaching outdoors.
A Forest For Every Classroom enables educators to transform traditional classroom teaching into highly effective and exciting learning opportunities in the outdoors, using the local community and environment to teach a variety of subjects. By emphasizing hands-on, real-world learning experiences, this type of place-based service learning can improve students’ academic achievement and engage them as active citizens in their communities.
“The Appalachian Trail Conservancy has hosted hundreds of teachers through our professional development workshops over the last decade, and we are thrilled to be working with partners in Atlanta to make a deeper connection with teachers to invite students to the outdoors and to celebrate the rich natural resources that can be found in Georgia,” said Julie Judkins, ATC’s director of education and outreach.
The free two-day workshop is open to all K-12 teachers in Atlanta and North Georgia. Following a hike through Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests to the Len Foote Hike Inn, teachers will learn about available resources in their communities, practice skills to teach outdoors and develop standards-based curriculum to foster student understanding of lands in their local communities. By using an interdisciplinary approach grounded in place-based examples, the curriculum produced will help teachers develop in their students deep problem-identification and problem-solving techniques, critical thinking and other 21st century skills.
“Greening Youth Foundation is excited to work with these great partners to ensure that metro-Atlanta youth, through their teachers, will be able to explore federal lands and learn about ways in which they can enjoy and help conserve them,” said Mike Fynn, GYF vice president of operations.
For complete information on guest rooms, facilities, conservation efforts and overall experience, please visit www.hike-inn.com. Meals will be provided for the duration of the workshop.
To register or receive more information about A Forest For Every Classroom, email Julie Judkins at [email protected].
About the Appalachian Trail Conservancy
The ATC was founded in 1925 by volunteers and federal officials working to build a continuous footpath along the Appalachian Mountains. A unit of the National Park System, the A.T. ranges from Maine to Georgia and is approximately 2,190 miles in length. It is the longest hiking-only footpath in the world. The mission of the ATC is to preserve and manage the Appalachian Trail – ensuring that its vast natural beauty and priceless cultural heritage can be shared and enjoyed today, tomorrow, and for centuries to come. For more information, please visit www.appalachiantrail.org.
About Greening Youth Foundation
Greening Youth Foundation’s (GYF) mission is to engage underserved and underrepresented youth and young adults in an effort to develop and nurture responsible environmental stewards while exposing them to careers in conservation. GYF has educational programs in metro-Atlanta schools, institutions, and City of Atlanta Recreational Centers, and also manages hundreds of conservation-related internships with federal partners every year. For more information, please visit www.gyfoundation.org.
About the U.S. Forest Service
The U.S. Forest Service is a multi-faceted agency that manages and protects 154 national forests and 20 grasslands in 44 states and Puerto Rico. The agency’s mission is to sustain the health, diversity and productivity of the nation’s forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generation. See more at www.fs.fed.us.