The Red Hills region of Southwest Georgia and North Florida is part of a biodiversity hotspot, home to a significant portion of the native longleaf pine forests remaining in the United States, and the birthplace of fire ecology. As part of our long-term strategy to build public support for our conservation mission, we are working with teachers to continue to increase educational opportunities that help students understand that they live in a special place worth protecting.
We started in 2016 with our first “Red Hills Ecology 101” field day for educators to share information about the Red Hills and research Tall Timbers conducts. The field day was well received. However, teacher feedback noted the large obstacle of taking new content into the classroom without a more cohesive plan for engaging students and aligning the content with teaching standards. Thanks to a generous grant from the Archibald Foundation, we were able to hire two teachers for a short period over summer 2017 to develop more formalized lesson plans, now available on this site.