Every summer the Texas Forestry Association sponsors the Teacher Conservation Institute (TCI), a week long summer camp for educators that focuses on the environmental, economic, and social well-being of the state that comes through the scientific stewardship of its natural resources.

TCI is appropriate for both formal and non-formal educators of all grade levels, or anyone interested in learning more about forestry and environmental education. In 2017, we will offer a Phase I and Phase II version of our institute.

Watch this video to find out more about why you should attend with us.

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Phase I - A Complete Natural Resource Cycle

July 10 - 14, 2017

Who Should Attend?

Classroom teachers, non-formal educators, or anyone interested in conservation education. Participants must be at least 18 years old.

What to Expect

  • Receive training in Project Learning Tree’s interdisciplinary environmental education curriculum designed to teach critical and creative thinking.
  • Interact with foresters, biologists, loggers, landowners, and mill workers who care for forests and make products you use every day.
  • Tour a forestry museum, seedling nursery, family owned tree farm, timber harvest operation and forest product manufacturing facilities.
  • 40 hours SBEC CPE credit and 40 hours TEEAC credit


$250 includes curriculum, lodging, meals, and field trip transportation

Location: Bugscuffle Inn, near Cushing, Texas

Register Here


Phase II - Inquiry and Field Investigations in the Forest 

June 26 - 30, 2017 

Who Should Attend?

Anyone who has completed TCI Phase I is eligible to attend.

What to Expect

  • Join other graduates from Phase I for field investigations in water quality, best management practices, wildlife management areas, and a look at cultural impacts on the forest.
  • Become a certified PLT facilitator and receive training in Project WET 2.0 and the Leopold Education Project.
  • Explore East Texas forest ecology with professional foresters, anthropologists, soil scientists, wildlife biologists and education experts.
  • 40 hours SBEC CPE credit and 40 hours TEEAC credit


$300 includes curriculum, lodging, meals, and field trip transportation

Location: Bugscuffle Inn, near Cushing, Texas

Register Here



For more information on either session, visit the Teacher Conservation Institute webpage, e-mail Misty, or call at 936-632-TREE.




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