Our working forests are not here by accident, and they do not take care of themselves. We are connecting youth and adults to the land and developing leaders to ensure the long-term sustainability of Georgia’s forests.
New Partnership: Fernbank Museum of Natural History
We expanded our community by connecting with 900 kids and adults. We focused on the importance of forestry to our daily lives through ecosystem services and forest products, and exposed families to Georgia’s forestry workforce.
17 Kids at Ranger Summer Camp
475 Families at Forestry Day at Fernbank
400 Families at Adventures in Science Day
Engaging Agriculture Educators
We reached 620 agriculture middle and high school teachers across the state, deepening teachers’ familiarity with forestry in of a variety meaningful ways.
15 teachers took a field trip to a seedling nursery
35 teachers attended a GPB Forestry Platform breakout/training session
45 teachers attended a masterclass on using virtual reality goggles in the classroom
Guiding FFA Students to Careers in Forestry
Today’s FFA students don’t always have the opportunity to see the full range of career possibilities in the forestry industry. We are opening their minds to paths from GED to Ph.D., expanding their networks, and demonstrating how they can make a living doing what they already know and love.
100 Engaged at Forestry State Competition
1000 Engaged at FFA State Convention
141 Engaged at Forestry Career Development Events
Digital and Virtual Reality Curriculum
Our unique and immersive digital forestry curriculum is focused on connecting 1.2 million Georgia students to the forest from inside their classroom.
26,610 Online Forestry Curriculum Views
4,870 Forests I Views (grades 3-7)
9,486 Forests II Views (grades 7-12)
3,389 Virtual Reality Headset Views
In November, we acquired the new Meta Quest 2 Virtual Reality goggles by Oculus, thanks to a grant provided by the North Georgia Community Foundation’s Chattahoochee Oconee Forests Interpretive Fund.
Preparing the Next Generation of Forestry Professionals
Our interactive workplace game Make That Paper! teaches high school students about the forestry industry while refiing their career and employability skills in a fun and engaging way.
8,865 Views of the Make That Paper! Game
+17% Increase from 2021 Viewership
In-school Forestry Education Programs – Metro Atlanta
We reached 5,370 students right in their classrooms to teach about forest products, the forest ecosystem, and careers in forestry.
Engaged 26+ Teachers in 20+ Schools
+75% Increase in Number of Students Reached from 2021
Continued to Support the Chattahoochee Nature Center’s hands-on Five-Day Curriculum, which includes forest and wildlife education
Updated Trees Atlanta Urban TreeTrackers Program’s Forest Products Curriculum
Summer Program Engagement – Metro Atlanta
Trees Atlanta Engagement
Directly Engaged and Sponsored 48 Youth Tree Team Members (summer “green-collar” job training program for teenagers)
Supported TreeKeepers Summer Camp, Which Had 62 campers (grades 1-6) in Attendance
Thrive Outside Engagement
Exposed 221 Underserved Kids to a First-Hand Experience of Forest Ecosystems at CNC