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, or anyone interested in learning more about forestry and environmental education.

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

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2018 Teacher Conservation Institute Course Offerings

Focus on Forests for Ag and Environmental Science Educators
June 27-29, 2018


Who Should Attend?

High school teachers who are preparing students for the Forestry CDE, Envirothon, or careers in natural resource management.

What to Expect

  • Get an overview of Texas’ forest industry by touring managed forests, an active timber harvest operation, forest product manufacturing facilities, and a seedling nursery
  • Evening sessions, taught by professional foresters, will focus on measurement skills, tree and wood identification, silvicultural operations, and forest management methods
  • Receive training in Project Learning Tree’s Focus on Forests secondary module with resources for teaching about forest health, fire, invasive species, and more
  • 18 hours SBEC CPE credit and 18 hours TEEAC credit


  • $125 registration fee includes curriculum, Wednesday-Thursday lodging, meals, and field trip transportation




Phase I: A Complete Natural Resource Cycle
July 9-13, 2018

Who Should Attend?

Classroom teachers of all grades, non-formal educators, or anyone interested in teaching youth about forestry and 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 students 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 registration fee includes curriculum, Monday-Thursday lodging, meals, and field trip transportation






“This week was so much more than I expected. It not only expanded my teaching strategies and knowledge, but improved my understanding of all aspects of the timber industry.” -R. Brown, Huntington ISD


“Super organized. Loved the flow of daily activities as well as the week overall. Field trips were invaluable and so informative. Size of the group was intimate and comfortable to share and learn.” -R. Lester, First Baptist Church Preschool, Boerne

“This has been one of the best professional development programs I have participated in. From a reasonable cost to the guest speakers and field trips, I have challenged my misconceptions, knowledge and skills.” -C. Dietz, Dallas Arboretum








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