Educators & Youth
Our educational approach increases public awareness and understanding of key forestry issues and enhances the role they play in addressing these issues.
Promoting public understanding of the role and value of Colorado's forests and other natural resources is critical to the mission of the Colorado State Forest Service.
- Outreach & Education at the Colorado State Forest Service
- Project Learning Tree (PLT)
- Colorado Alliance for Environmental Education (CAEE)
- Fire Ecology Institute for Educators
- Camp Rocky
- CSFS Kids' Glossary
Project Learning Tree
Project Learning Tree is an award winning, multi-disciplinary environmental education program for educators and students in PreK-12. PLT is one of the most widely used environmental education programs inside and outside the United States.
PLT is Colorado's flagship program for reaching younger audiences via workshops for PreK-12th grade educators. Colorado natural resource educators helped create PLT in 1973, and the Colorado PLT program has been coordinated by the Colorado State Forest Service since 1984, training 500-800 educators per year in workshops around the state. In turn, Colorado teachers reach approximately 15,000 students annually.
Colorado Alliance for Environmental Education
As a professional organization for environmental educators, the Colorado Alliance for Environmental Education (CAEE) facilitates communication, cooperation, collaboration and coordination among the varied environmental education programs in the state.
Fire Ecology Institute for Educators
Since 2001, CSFS has held a Fire Ecology Institute (FEI) each summer in various regions of the state. This week long, intensive training institute for teachers and natural resource education professionals has become a model for other states.
Camp Rocky is a week-long, residential camp near Divide, Colorado, for those who have finished 8th grade and are under 20 years of age. The camp occurs each July and is intended for anyone who enjoys the outdoors and is interested in natural resources.
Camp Rocky staff, composed of resource professionals from around the state, help participants learn about their environment, while working in teams and making new friends.
- Learn More About Colorado's Forests
- Learn More About Colorado's Plains
- Learn More About Trees
- Learn More About Wildfire