One of the Maine TREE Foundation’s most popular programs, the Teachers’ Tours event is in its twenty-first year. Each year, the acclaimed four-day tours focus on the growth, harvest and processing of wood and fiber, including renewable biomass energy, pulp & paper and traditional forest products such as 2 X 4’s, plywood and other construction materials. Teachers in grades K-12, Girl and Boy Scout leaders, adult educators, land trust staff and conservation commission members are among those who learn about Maine’s forest resource from professional foresters. Following the Teachers’ Tours, participants are well prepared to return to the classroom with stimulating approaches to share this knowledge with students, colleagues and communities.
A Project Learning Tree Workshop is offered on the first day of each of the Teachers’ Tours. Later in the tours, educators have the opportunity to tour wood products manufacturers, visit high-tech paper manufacturing or sawmilling operations or observe different timber harvesting techniques. They’ll also be able to visit active harvests that use modern felling equipment that places a lighter footprint on forest soils. In-field discussions about the practice of sustainable forestry with landowners, foresters, loggers, mill owners and scientists stimulate interesting conversation.
The 2018 tours took place at the Poland Spring Resort, July 10 -13 and at Leen’s Lodge – Grand Lake Stream, July 24 – 27. Resource professionals, including state and private foresters, loggers, land and mill owners, scientists, educators and community leaders provide an opportunity for in-depth discussions about forestry issues throughout the week.
Click here to read an article from a participant of the 2018 Teachers’ Tours!