Online CEUs
Mississippi Forestry Association, working through our charitable foundation - the Mississippi Forestry Foundation, has combined our environmental education modules with internationally acclaimed Project Learning Tree professional development modules to provide you with exciting, hands-on lesson plans for any grade level. These modules are free, completely self-paced, and will be available through the end of 2020, but spaces are limited.

Modules are available beginning June 1. Contact Emma Winterhalter at to register. You must complete a natural resource module (2 hours of contact time) and a Project Learning Tree module (3 hours of contact time) to receive 0.5 CEUs. You may complete all 8 modules for a total of 2 CEUs if desired. Upon registering with Emma, you will be provided with access codes for the modules you indicate to her and instructions on how to use them. All modules are entirely self-paced, and you will have access to them forever once you have used your access codes. This opportunity is free with limited spaces available!

Thank you to our sponsors: Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality, Mississippi Forestry Commission, Mississippi Sustainable Forestry Initiative State Implementation Committee, Rayonier, and Masonite.

Mississippi Forestry Association Natural Resource Modules (2 hours each)

Forestry in Mississippi
Forestry in Mississippi provides you with a comprehensive overview of the forest industry in our great state! Learn about tree identification, forest management methods, green careers, and a variety of other topics. This module will equip you with the knowledge to take forestry-focused topics into your classroom.

Working Forests = Clean Water
Did you know that more than half of the drinking water in the United States comes from, or passes through, forests? The Working Forests = Clean Water module will provide you with fun topics and activities to help your students make a personal connection with the natural resources they depend on to live.

Wildlife in Mississippi
Whether you are a hunter, bird watcher, or just enjoy nature, wildlife touches all of our lives. The Wildlife in Mississippi module will show you some of the most surprising and exciting wildlife species we have, from endangered species to backyard beauties.

Forest Products
Forest Products explores wood energy as a renewable resource, engineered wood products, and the multitude of ways we use trees each day. This module will help you explore the topics surrounding renewable resources used as energy.

Project Learning Tree Modules (3 hours each; grade levels listed are recommendations, but content can be adapted to any grade level)

Treemendous Science!
Treemendous Science! is designed to help K-2 students explore and collect tree data to develop understanding about how trees grow, the role trees play in ecosystems, and the ways in which trees and humans interact. A unique feature of Treemendous Science! is that it's organized around three levels, which approximately correspond to kindergarten (Level A), first grade (Level B), and second grade (Level C). You have the option of presenting one level in its entirety or picking and choosing from the different levels depending on the needs and competencies of your student population.

Energy in Ecosystems
Designed for students in grades 3-5, Energy in Ecosystems investigates the ways in which organisms depend on each other to survive and thrive. Students focus on forests - one of the largest and most complex types of ecosystems - and come to understand some of the interactions present in all ecosystems. In doing so, they learn to appreciate the natural systems on which we depend and begin to widen their circle of compassion to include all of nature.

Carbon & Climate
Perhaps more than any other environmental issue, the topic of climate change challenges science teachers to accurately convey data, reveal assumptions, and engage critical-thinking skills. Designed for students in grades 6-8, Carbon & Climate provides activities and resources to help educators meet these challenges, introducing students to some of the complex issues involved in climate change.

Environmental Education
Use the environment to engage your students in learning - both outside and inside - in urban, suburban, or rural settings. Project Learning Tree's multi-disciplinary activities are designed to develop students' critical thinking, problem-solving, and decision-making skills. PLT teaches students how to think, now what to think, about the environment. Our hands-on activities make teaching and learning fun! Lesson plans are flexible and can be easily incorporated into existing curriculum or nonformal education programs. The activities are inquiry-based with an emphasis on STEM and are correlated to state and national academic standards.