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🌳 Tree-rific Newsletter 🌳
🌸Spring 2022🌸
Countdown to Spring!
Warmer weather is fast approaching! As the snow starts to melt, and small shoots of green start emerging once more, we look forward to the events, news and trainings we will be discussing in this issue of the Tree-rific newsletter! This edition of PLT’s Tree-rific Resources serves to keep you informed on seasonal events and various environmental education opportunities to use in association with the PLT curriculum.
If you have any additional tree-rific opportunities to share, or if you would like more information about future educational and professional development workshops that PLT has to offer, please do not hesitate to contact our PLT-Ohio office or share on our social media pages! Be sure to check out the PLT-Ohio webpage for additional resources!
2022-2023 Ohio Environmental Education Certification is Open for Students!
The Environmental Education Council of Ohio (EECO) is currently accepting applications for their yearly certification program centered around training the next generation of environmental educators, both formal and non-formal, in the national competencies expected of someone who holds the role. Alongside certification, those who complete this training will receive two graduate credits from Kent State University, be recognized for their development by the Department of Education, and will be a member of the EECO for a year. If you are interested in this program, follow this link to learn more!
Forestry Career Day with Northland High!
Forestry's Rachel M. and Katie G. using PLT materials to help educate students on the importance of trees! Photo by the Ohio Division of Forestry.
The ODNR Division of Forestry visited Northland High School as a part of their career day series in late February to discuss the many career opportunities in forestry, as well as explore the many ways that trees are a valuable part of everyday life! Using PLT activity "Tree Treasures", Forester Katie, assisted by Rachel, engaged with students on where everyday products come from. If there are any schools or programs that would like to host a similar event with the Division of Forestry, please contact Rachel Morris at rachel.morris@dnr.ohio.gov or Stephanie Downs at stephanie.downs@dnr.ohio.gov. If you would like to see your event featured in our next newsletter or on our social media pages, be sure to reach out to Ashley Hansen at ashley.hansen@dnr.ohio.gov or plt@dnr.ohio.gov.
Learn more about Forest Stewardship and Native Bees with OSU!
Join the Ohio State University's departments of Agriculture and Biodiversity in their two, ongoing webinar series exploring Bumble Bees and Forest Stewardship! The Bumble Bee Short Course is a resource comprised of 6 lectures meant to build skills of community scientists interested in bumble bee biodiversity, ecology and conservation. Each lecture will explore different topics such as insect ID, ecology, conservation, projects to be involved in and more! 
The Ohio Woodland Stewards Program is an ongoing educational and experienced based program through OSU's College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences that has been sharing webinars, trainings and various other resources to the public for quite some time. Their upcoming webinar will be discussing the spring migration and what birds you will be seeing in the coming months! Click the images to learn more and register!
Educator Resources for Spring
PLT Classroom Kit Giveaway for Educators!  - National Project Learning Tree is hosting a giveaway for PLT facilitators and educators to win an outdoor classroom kit that includes such things as: K-12 guides, journals for a classroom, a raised garden bed that will be installed at your site, clipboards, a giftcard for seeds and the opportunity to be featured on the national website! Submissions end on March 14th!

Project Squirrel - Interested in having your students learn more about wildlife and their interactions? Are there a ton of squirrels around your school or home? Why not sign up to help with Project Squirrel! Squirrels are a great indicator species for urban habitat health, and, becoming involved in this project alongside PLT would help teach students about wildlife, ecology and the connections between the natural world and us. 

2022 National Environmental Education Foundation Biodiversity Conservation Grant - The National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF) is excited to announce $200,000 in grant funding to support shovel-ready pollinator habitat enhancement projects on America’s public lands! To qualify for this funding opportunity, your project must be designed to increase the quality, quantity, and connectivity of pollinator habitats, as well as  provide opportunities for public engagement through education or volunteer-focused events for the community!

X Kids and the Incredible Invertebrates! - Intended for 3rd to 5th grade students, the Xerces Society recently released a nine part activity book meant to help educate students on the importance of invertebrates, engage in inquiry and observational skills, builds community and shows students that they can also make a difference.

SPECIAL! Extended offer through June for local PLT professional development workshops to be only $10 per participant. Contact PLT-Ohio Coordinator Office to find out more and keep your workshop costs down by hosting and/or leading PLT workshops in your community. Plan for it NOW to get any one of PLT’s curriculum at this special rate!

NEWS & NOTEWORTHY
 
More than a quarter of all forests in the northern U.S. are classified as temperate mixedwood forests - meaning that they are comprised of a combination of hardwood and softwood trees instead of the majority one type over the other. But, even with their prevalence, there is still a lot we don't know about these amazing forests' health, ecology, best management practices and so much more. Find out what the Northern Research Station Scientists (NRS) have learned in their research and studies by following this link!
 
UPCOMING OPPORTUNITIES

Annual EECO Conference Date and Location Announced!
The Annual EECO Conference is scheduled to be held in Hueston Woods Lodge between March 31 – April 3, 2022. Project Learning Tree will be collaborating with Project WET and Project WILD on a Climate Change workshop on that Friday, as well having a Early Childhood session on that Saturday. Follow this link to learn more!
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Wildlife Diversity Conference
Being held on May 11th, the 2022 Wildlife Diversity Conference will be held at the Ohio State University. For additional information, visit the education and training page on the Ohio DNR website

Project Learning Tree-Ohio
ODNR Division of Forestry
2045 Morse Road, Bldg H-1 
Columbus, OH 43229
plt@dnr.ohio.gov
 
Sue Wintering, State Coordinator
(614) 265-6657
sue.wintering@dnr.ohio.gov
 
Ashley Hansen, PLT Support Staff 
(614)265-6701
ashley.hansen@dnr.ohio.gov
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