Exploring your Forest: Bringing Forest Ecology to the Classroom - A professional development workshop for K-12 educators Exploring your Forest: Bringing Forest Ecology to the Classroom - A professional development workshop for K-12 educators

A professional development workshop for K-12 educators

Tuesday, June 26, 2018
8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
George Fox University

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Do you have access to a forested area near your campus? Are you looking for opportunities to engage your students in authentic scientific practices and nature-based learning? This one-day summer teacher workshop will prepare K-12 educators to engage students in forest ecology data collection, analysis and interpretation through field activities and lesson plans aligned with state and national frameworks.

Educators will be equipped with the knowledge and tools to lead students in investigating …

  • How tree growth varies in response to climate
  • How abiotic environmental factors influence species diversity
  • How to describe the diversity of tree species in their schoolyard

The workshop will provide training in forest ecology principles and protocols, specific lesson plans adapted for a range of grade levels, and access to supplies and equipment for implementing forest ecology lessons in your own classroom.


Paige Parry, PhD, is a forest ecologist and Professor of Biology at George Fox University. Paige’s research focuses on understanding the factors and mechanisms that determine changes in forest tree communities in the Rocky Mountains and the Pacific Northwest. She has developed and delivered materials and training for K-12 educators and students as a biology instructor for the Upward Bound Math Science Program at the University of Wyoming and as a GK-12 Teaching Fellow for the National Science Foundation. Paige also serves as the incoming director of George Fox’s Science Outreach Program.

Tennille Hostetler, MEd, has more than 15 years of experience as a science educator in both public and private settings. Recently, she has also worked as an adjunct instructor of biology at George Fox University. Tennille enjoys collaborating with other teachers to promote science education and create more effective methods of instruction to help students achieve success in learning and experiencing science. She holds an Oregon state teaching certificate in high school biology and currently teaches high school sciences at a private school in Beaverton, Oregon.


The $75 fee includes the one-day session, breakfast, lunch, and access to lesson plans and equipment.


All participating educators will receive a signed certificate from George Fox University that verifies their participation, seven hours of instruction, and an equivalent number of professional development units.