Notes from the Forest For Every Classroom Community Meeting, March 16, 2017

If you missed the March 16 Meeting, no worries, the notes from the meeting are on-line here:

FFEC March Meeting Notes

There was a lot of positive energy and feedback from the group to bring FFEC to the Flathead Watershed. Those teachers in attendance felt strongly this would be a valued training and even though it is a bigger commitment, educators would purposefully choose to attend, knowing they would limit themselves to perhaps just this training for the year.

Attendees recognized the commitment and were willing to help take part on the steering committee, be an instructor, offer a venue or location for workshops/sessions, help with university credit and project grading and more.

The one big piece needing to be in place soon, to move forward with implementing in 2018, is the partnership with a non-profit to take on the role of fiscal agent. Flathead CORE will follow up with a couple of suggested and potentially interested groups/organizations to fill that role.

Thank you and do contact Teresa Wenum twenum@fs.fed.us, Melissa Sladak melissa_sladek@nps.gov or Laura Law laura_law@nps.gov if you have questions, want to find out more or to help out!


Below is the original informational “invite” for people to the March Meeting”

The Flathead Community of Resource Educators (CORE) invite you to…

*come learn about…

*and join us….To bring the award-winning  A Forest for Every Classroom (FFEC)professional development program, geared for K-12 teachers of all disciplines, to the Flathead Watershed.

This dynamic, year-long program builds understanding for the place in which we live, offering hands-on, field-based studies throughout the year.  Participants connect with the natural and cultural resources of our community; increasing their knowledge and fostering student understanding and appreciation for our area’s private and public forests. 

As a former FFEC participant shared, “A Forest for Every Classroom turns your community into a classroom…”  Another participant explained how the program helped her create ties to local resources and links to the community so she could customize her classroom – whether on school grounds, in the forest, or on the trail.  Come learn about successful Montana FFEC projects that took place in the Lower Clark Fork region and the Helena area. 

To find out more about FFEC and how you can be involved, join us on Thursday, March 16, 4:30 to 7:30pm at the Flathead National Forest Kalispell office, 650 Wolfpack Way — Refreshments provided.

If you can’t attend the March 16 gathering, and would still like to be involved, let us know.   See the attached flyer for more information about the FFEC program.

We encourage you to bring your ideas on how you or your organization could help bring this program to NW Montana.  Do you have interest in being a guest speaker, instructor? Being a member of the program steering committee? Do you have services or a venue to provide? Want to be involved in coordinating the nitty gritty of logistics planning – workshop locations, meals, arranging for speakers and more?  Some funds are available through the US Forest Service, Northern Region to help ‘kick start’ a Flathead Watershed FFEC program.

Thank you for sharing with others that you think may be interested.