Learning about Forests Newsletter January 2017
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Welcome to LEAF newsletter for January 2017!


This month we have an update on the LEAF National Operators Meeting 2017 and the launch of Eco-Green project, great news from the USA and Northern Ireland, as well as articles about LEAF activities held in Malta and Japan.

We hope you enjoy reading our newsletter and don't forget to share it among your friends and work partners! If you have any stories you would like us to share, please do not hesitate to get in touch!

All the very best,

Barry McGonigal, 

International LEAF Director

LEAF National Operators Meeting 2017

We are delighted to announce that the LEAF National Operators meeting 2017 will take place on 24th-26th April in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

IVN (FEE the Netherlands) has kindly offered to host the Learning about Forests NOM 2017 in the Netherlands.

The draft itinerary looks as follows:
24th April 2017:                Arrival and opening of the NOM
24th-26th April 2017         LEAF National Operator Meeting
26th April after 16.00       Departure

The registration for the NOM will be open until 1st of March 2017.

Eco-Green Project
LEAF - General Motors Partnership

The Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) and General Motors (GM) have signed a Sponsorship Agreement to run the pilot year of the Eco-Green Global Environmental Educational Project.

The project aims to engage LEAF member countries alongside GM facilities in a drive to improve sustainability in local communities. Together they develop goals and action plans that result in on-the-ground school and community actions for a sustainable future. 

Read the press release here.

USA and Northern Ireland joining LEAF

We are delighted to announce that LEAF's presence globally is still increasing!

Foundation for Environmental Education's member organisation in United States National Wildlife Federation (NWF) and Northern Ireland Forest School Association (NIFSA), which will become affiliate member of FEE, will officially run the LEAF programme in USA and Northern Ireland. Welcome to the LEAF network!

Learning about Forests Programme is now present in 25 countries around the world!

Find all LEAF National Offices on our website.

LEAF activities at Malta’s Buskett woodland

Great news from LEAF Malta!

120 students from 6 schools planted 120 indigenous trees at Buskett, Malta. 
The students had the opportunity to engage in various hands-on educational sessions led by experts on various aspects of the woodland including: forest fires; woodland lichens; tree identification; scavenger hunt; the countryside code; tree age, girth and height and also plant pest control.

Read more about the day and know how to get involved here.

LEAF activities in Hyogo, Japan

3rd grade elementary school students took part in several LEAF activities in Hyogo, Japan. Students participated in tree-planting activities, and learned how to set up a net for preventing animal injury.

Afterwards, students participated in a “memory game”. They had to memorize leaves, seeds and other forest items that the instructor picked. Then they were given a task to find the same items from the forest. 

Read more here.

Thank you FEE Japan for sharing this story.

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