Workshop Info

The Black Locust Initiative sponsors sustainable forestry workshops that have been teaching children and adults about forest ecology since 1994. The workshops bring participants into the woods and use hands-on, outdoor projects to teach ecologically sound forest management. Using local forests and woodlots, the workshops teach children and the community to provide for green building needs while improving the environment and woodlots.

At each workshop, the eco-tours introduce basic environmental concepts, tree and bird identification, and green building projects. Forest evaluation forms are completed and significant trees numbered and measured.

During the interactive eco-theater the audience contributes feedback and comments, such as why the forests are so important, how birds contribute to the eco-system, and why topsoil must be saved. A computer notebook is used to record audience feedback and a digital camera utilized for photography.