Teachers of grades 6–12 attended sessions, including an in-person instructional lesson held at the Cave Creek Regional Park in partnership with Maricopa Parks and Recreation that gave them an in-depth look at an urban forestry curriculum developed in Arizona that matches national standards. Educators delved into the theory behind urban forestry education and gained valuable insights into incorporating STEM learning strategies. Experts in the field spoke as guest lecturers, adding their unique perspectives and illuminating examples.
Participants in the professional development program were provided with a wealth of teaching resources and tools throughout the program, allowing them to incorporate urban forestry education into their existing lesson plans. The pre-made lesson plans freed up teachers’ time and ensured they had access to high-quality materials that met the needs of their lessons.
Participants received 10 hours of professional development, giving them the resources, expertise, and motivation to make a significant difference in their students, schools, and communities. Education Programs Manager Dr. Donna Jagielski and Programs Director William Donato worked closely together to design a novel and powerful educational opportunity.