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Alabama Extension’s urban forestry, wildlife, and natural resources management team and Project Learning Tree (PLT) present Camp Conservation for Teachers: A Virtual Workshop Series.

The Curriculum

This series utilizes Alabama Extension’s  UESEP: Urban Environmental Science Education Program and PLT’s award-winning environmental education curriculum to help teachers explore concepts of environment, science, technology, engineering, and math (E-STEM).

Integrating environmental education into STEM learning is a novel way to improve knowledge and foster environmental stewardship. The UESEP program is one of many programs nationwide using PLT’s environmental education curriculum to engage children in learning, both outside and indoors.

PLT is designed for educators, parents, and community leaders working with youth from preschool through grade twelve. It offers 96 hands-on, multidisciplinary activities and correlations to state academic standards. Topics include forests, wildlife, and water. Features include cooperative learning and technology extensions.

What to Expect

The Camp Conservation for Teachers series will offer lesson plans and activities provided by a diverse group of presenters from across the state. Each lesson and activity will expose educators to new environmental teaching opportunities designed for formal or informal settings. They will also increase the child’s ability to PERFORM.

  • Problem solve
  • Evaluate
  • Reason
  • Focus
  • Observe
  • Research a problem
  • Measure

Continuing Education Units (CEUs) available to those who complete each webinar series.*

Tune in on Tuesdays and Thursdays

When: July 14 through 23 on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1–2:30 p.m. CST
Where: The webinars are presented through Zoom, an online video presentation format. They are also available through Facebook Live on the Urban Affairs and New Nontraditional Programs Facebook page.


There is no cost to attend, but registration is required for this webinar series. The Zoom meeting number and link will be provided upon completion of the online registration. Visit www.aces.edu/go/CampConservation to register. Register by July 7 for a chance to receive an Environmental Educators E-STEM Field Pack filled with educational materials and supplies.

New to Zoom? Visit the Zoom website to watch a video that will help you prepare to attend. You do not have to set up a Zoom account to participate.

Schedule and E-STEM Topics

All webinars will be archived and uploaded to the Alabama Extension YouTube channel.

  • July 14 – Forestry: Trees & Forest Ecosystems with Karnita Garner
  • July 16 – Wildlife Management:  Native Animals of Alabama & Songbirds with Roosevelt Robinson
  • July 21 –  Natural Resource Conservation: Soils, Water, & Watersheds with Ashley Smith
  • July 23 – Energy & Waste Management: Household Wastes & Recycling with Allyson Shabel

*Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

Each webinar offers one professional contact hour through the Alabama Math Science Technology Initiative (AMSTI). CEUs will only be awarded to those who attend the entire session of each webinar in the series. Registration details will be provided during each webinar session.

Educational Resources

Each participant will receive a free PreK-8 Environmental Education Activity Guide E-Book from PLT. The first twenty participants to register will receive a hard copy of the 480-page Activity Guide valued at $24.99.

Take the Survey

Did you join us for a Camp Conservation for Teachers webinar? We want to hear from you! Take just a minute or two and fill out the short survey below and tell us what you think. These surveys not only help better our programs but also help determine federal and state funding. This funding allows us to continue providing affordable, research-based education to you and your family.

More Information

Contact Karnita Garner, Allyson Shabel, or Roosevelt Robinson for more information about this series or to learn about other environmental programs offered throughout the state.

For more details on the Alabama Forestry Foundation or self-paced online training with Project Learning Tree contact Ashley Smith at www.alaforestry.org  or visit www.plt.org.


Thank you to the Camp Conservation for Teachers partners the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), Project Learning Tree, Alabama Forestry Foundation, and AMSTI.


UESEP: Urban Environmental Science Education Program provides adults and youth with natural resource conservation strategies that lead to improved environmental awareness and stewardship.

The Alabama Cooperative Extension System (Alabama A&M University and Auburn University) is an equal opportunity educator and employer. Everyone is welcome! Please let us know if you have accessibility needs. This work is supported by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) Renewable Resources Extension Act Program (#1012197) and Capacity Building Grant Program #2017-38821-26426.


Download a PDF of the Camp Conservation for Teachers: A Virtual Workshop Series flyer. 



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