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Climate Change and Southern Forests
The PLT & PINEMAP Partnership
Renee Strnad
NC PLT State Coordinator
NC State University
Project Learning Tree
• A program of the American
Forest Foundation, a nonprofit
organization that works for:
– Healthy fo...
Project Learning Tree
• In North Carolina, PLT is sponsored by:
– NC Cooperative Extension
– NC Forestry Association
– NC ...
A Comprehensive EE Program
– High quality, PreK-12 EE
curriculum materials
– Diverse, international
network of partners
– ...
PLT’s Mission
PLT uses the forest as a “window on the world” to:
– Increase students understanding of our complex
environm...
Project Learning Tree History
• Early 1970’s: Partnership between education, resource
agencies, and businesses
– started P...
PLT’s Environmental Goals
Awareness
Knowledge
Challenge
Responsible
Action
“Teaching students how to
think, not what to th...
PLT Curriculum
• PLT for PreK-8
– Environmental Experiences for Early Childhood
– PreK-8 Environmental Education Activity ...
PreK-8 Environmental Education
Activity Guide
Features:
– Reading Connections
– Technology Connections
– Differentiated In...
PLT GreenSchools! Investigations
• School Site
• Energy
• Waste & Recycling
• Water
• Environmental Quality
All available ...
Secondary Modules
(Grades 9-12)
• Focus on Forests
• Forests of the World
• Places We Live
• Municipal Solid Waste
• Focus...
Introducing….
• Southeastern Forests and Climate Change
– A unique PLT Secondary Module developed as
part of the PINEMAP (...
PINEMAP
• Combines Research, Extension, and Education
11 Universities
8 Research Co-ops
SE Climate
Consortium
Southern Reg...
PINEMAP
• PINEMAP integrates research, extension, and
education to:
– Enable landowners to manage forests to increase
carb...
PINEMAP: Why the Southeast?
• Southeastern forests provide critical economic
and ecological services to U.S. citizens.
– 1...
Why SE Forests & Climate Change?
• Climate change has been identified as the
single biggest challenge that faces society
t...
PINEMAP & PLT
• PINEMAP is designed to promote scientist and
citizen understanding of future risks to pine
forests and opp...
SEFCC Curriculum
• The activities draw on a variety of learning
theories and teaching strategies to help
educators activel...
SEFCC Curriculum
• This module can assist you in helping students
understand the following:
– Why a variety of perspective...
SEFCC Curriculum
• Potential impacts of climate
change on ecosystems
• The limitations and purpose
of climate models &
pro...
PLT Southeastern Forests and Climate Change (NCDPI)
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PLT Southeastern Forests and Climate Change (NCDPI)

  1. 1. Climate Change and Southern Forests The PLT & PINEMAP Partnership Renee Strnad NC PLT State Coordinator NC State University
  2. 2. Project Learning Tree • A program of the American Forest Foundation, a nonprofit organization that works for: – Healthy forests – Quality environmental education – Informed decision-making about our communities and our world
  3. 3. Project Learning Tree • In North Carolina, PLT is sponsored by: – NC Cooperative Extension – NC Forestry Association – NC Forest Service
  4. 4. A Comprehensive EE Program – High quality, PreK-12 EE curriculum materials – Diverse, international network of partners – Implementation via a successful delivery system of professional development Project Learning Tree
  5. 5. PLT’s Mission PLT uses the forest as a “window on the world” to: – Increase students understanding of our complex environment – Stimulate critical and creative thinking – Develop the ability to make informed decisions on environmental issues – Instill the confidence and commitment to take responsible action
  6. 6. Project Learning Tree History • Early 1970’s: Partnership between education, resource agencies, and businesses – started Project Learning Tree to teach young people about the environment • 1976: PLT materials first implemented in 13 western states – PreK-6 and 7-12 Environmental Education Guides • 1990: PLT materials revamped into PreK-8 and Secondary Modules • 2006: Major revisions to the PLT PreK-8 Guide and continued development of Secondary Modules • PLT was so effective it inspired other EE programs based on the PLT model – Project WILD in 1983 – Project WET in 1992
  7. 7. PLT’s Environmental Goals Awareness Knowledge Challenge Responsible Action “Teaching students how to think, not what to think about complex environmental issues” -Rudy Schafer, Founder of PLT
  8. 8. PLT Curriculum • PLT for PreK-8 – Environmental Experiences for Early Childhood – PreK-8 Environmental Education Activity Guide – Energy and Society • 5 GreenSchools! Investigations • PLT for Secondary – 5 printed modules – 2 online modules
  9. 9. PreK-8 Environmental Education Activity Guide Features: – Reading Connections – Technology Connections – Differentiated Instruction – New Design Aligned to National and State Standards Classroom Friendly – 96 hands-on, interdisciplinary activities – Indoor and outdoor activities
  10. 10. PLT GreenSchools! Investigations • School Site • Energy • Waste & Recycling • Water • Environmental Quality All available online: www.plt.org/greenschools
  11. 11. Secondary Modules (Grades 9-12) • Focus on Forests • Forests of the World • Places We Live • Municipal Solid Waste • Focus on Risk • Biotechnology (Online) • Biodiversity (Online)
  12. 12. Introducing…. • Southeastern Forests and Climate Change – A unique PLT Secondary Module developed as part of the PINEMAP (Pine Integrated Network: Education, Mitigation, and Adaptation Project)
  13. 13. PINEMAP • Combines Research, Extension, and Education 11 Universities 8 Research Co-ops SE Climate Consortium Southern Regional Ext. Forestry USFS Many others….
  14. 14. PINEMAP • PINEMAP integrates research, extension, and education to: – Enable landowners to manage forests to increase carbon sequestration – Increase efficiency of nitrogen and other fertilizer inputs – Adapt forest management approaches to increase forest resilience and sustainability under variable climates
  15. 15. PINEMAP: Why the Southeast? • Southeastern forests provide critical economic and ecological services to U.S. citizens. – 1/3 of the contiguous U.S. forest carbon – 5.5% of the jobs, and 7.5% of the industrial economic activity of the region – backbone of an industry that supplies 16% of global industrial wood • Focus on loblolly pine (Pinus taeda) which accounts for 80% of the planted forests in the region
  16. 16. Why SE Forests & Climate Change? • Climate change has been identified as the single biggest challenge that faces society today, but not everyone agrees • The potential impacts of climate change on southeastern forests could be significant • Climate change is more meaningful to students when examples of impacts are local and they are empowered to participate in creating solutions
  17. 17. PINEMAP & PLT • PINEMAP is designed to promote scientist and citizen understanding of future risks to pine forests and opportunities to address them – Important educational outreach component – Activities echo dimensions of PINEMAP research – Intensive curriculum writing/pilot testing led by a team from the University of Florida
  18. 18. SEFCC Curriculum • The activities draw on a variety of learning theories and teaching strategies to help educators actively engage students in learning about a controversial, social, and scientific issue. • The process of addressing climate change will not lead to a single best answer, but requires that people use skills of systems thinking, critical thinking, and group process as they work together towards solutions
  19. 19. SEFCC Curriculum • This module can assist you in helping students understand the following: – Why a variety of perspectives of climate change exist – How to build consensus with people who represent a variety of perspectives – How to explore underlying beliefs and address missing information – How to respect differences of opinion – How to find common ground of agreement – The scientific evidence for climate change
  20. 20. SEFCC Curriculum • Potential impacts of climate change on ecosystems • The limitations and purpose of climate models & projections • The nature of science • How data are analyzed & used for inferences • Why policy recommendations can be sources of controversy • Where to find accurate answers to questions about climate change

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