Wisconsin High School Students Hear From Experts About Rewarding Green Careers
Why this Project Matters
Many students love the idea of working in a rewarding green career, but they don’t know where to start. Youth in underserved communities face even greater barriers to launching a green career. A portion of this project’s sponsorship and grant funds will be targeted to help students from underserved communities such as Milwaukee, Detroit, and Indigenous communities. Students enrolled in a local Job Corps Program will also be encouraged to participate.
How This Project Will Influence Biodiversity Education and Conservation in Alabama
Trees For Tomorrow will bring wood, paper, and forest management professionals together to support a workforce development program for high school students at an environmental education center. A six day course will introduce 30 high school students to forestry and natural resources careers. Students will participate in sessions about careers in wood procurement, wildlife biology, wildlife rehabilitation, soil science, geographic information systems (GIS), the paper industry, recreation management, environmental education, hydrology, fisheries, forest management, civil engineering, ecological restoration, forest fire control, and more. Materials from SFI’s educational initiative Project Learning Tree (PLT) will serve as an essential foundation for the course. In addition, guest instructors will be selected to represent a diverse population of professionals so all students can relate to them and see themselves in similar roles.
The SFI Community Grant Program, SFI-certified organizations, PLT, federal officials, and state forestry associations are supporting this project.
This partnership includes federal natural resources officials, foresters, educators, and SFI-certified organizations.
- Project lead: Trees for Tomorrow
- Sustainable Forestry Initiative
- Project Learning Tree
- Domtar (SFI-certified organization)
- Lyme Great Lakes Timberlands (SFI-certified organization)
- USDA Forest Service
- Wisconsin Society of American Foresters
- Michigan Society of American Foresters
- Wisconsin SFI Implementation Committee
Trees For Tomorrow: SFI Is Helping Teachers in the U.S. Great Lakes Region Connect Students to the Natural World
Sustainable Resources Institute: Promoting Urban Forestry and Harvesting Waste Wood in Waukesha County, Wisconsin and Beyond
The Forest Exploration Center: An Immersive Introduction to Green Jobs Along an Accessible Forest Trail