Weyerhaeuser Forest Engineer Jill Fery speaks with students about career opportunities in Lane County’s forest sector.
To inform students of evolving opportunities in Lane County's forest sector — and to assist schools with meeting the mandated Career Related Learning Standards for graduation — Forests Today & Forever takes part in numerous area career fairs, including the Springfield High School's Career Day, the Eugene 4J District Career Fair, the Briggs Middle School Career Fair and the Cottage Grove High School Career Symposium.
For those teachers who request it, we also make arrangements for a forestry professional to visit the classroom to speak on career opportunities or address a specific related topic.
At the Bauman Family Tree Farm near Crow, owners Tom Bauman and Lindsay Reaves have been hosting our Forest Field Days since 2007 — teachers are welcome to bring their classes out for individual or group study and community service projects. Click here to learn more about the Bauman family tree farm.
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In order to expand the educational opportunities for area teachers Forests Today & Forever is working toward expanding its high school programs. We believe that — by utilizing our membership and our volunteer base — we can develop ways to help area schools meet the expanded Career Related Learning Standards graduation requirements, as well as assist with meeting the community service component of graduation. We are seeking input from teachers and counselors in the Southern Willamette Valley area to build partnerships with watershed councils, the business community and organizations such as the Oregon Small Woodlands Association.
Created to give students an inside look at the multi-faceted field of forestry as a career, FT&F offers a Forestry Career Tour that takes student groups to Oregon State University's College of Forestry for an day of exploration.
On campus, students learn about the many career paths available in the field and what is required for entry to OSU programs. They tour the facility — including its wood innovation center — and conclude with a hike through one of the school's many educational forests. These forests are living laboratories, providing teaching, research and demonstration opportunities for students, forest managers and Oregonians.
FT&F also offers a wood products industry tour in which students visit a local sawmill and learn about the skills and requirements needed for employment in the industry, as well as about the benefits and chances for advancement.
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