Climate-Smart Agriculture:

STEM Teacher Training


This professional development course introduces high school and middle school educators to strategies for integrating climate-smart agriculture lessons and projects into STEM classrooms.

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This course includes:

  • Science of Agroforestry
  • Technologies that are both modern and ancient designs for Agroforestry
  • Engineering that it takes to work with nature to solve problems, design solutions, and build new systems.
  • Mathematical skills involved in measuring, analyzing, and designing for agroforestry systems.




“I’ve really learned a lot about different cropping systems involved in agroforestry. It’s a very diverse field that I’m learning about.”

Dane McKittrick

Savanna Institute Demo Farms Apprentice in Illinois



Meet the Savanna Institute


The Savanna Institute is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that works with farmers and scientists to lay the groundwork for widespread agroforestry adoption in the Midwest US. Inspired by the native savanna ecosystems that once covered much of this region, the Savanna Institute conducts research, education, and outreach to support the growth of diverse, perennial agroecosystems.


This material is based upon work supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, under agreement number 2020-38640-31522 through the North Central Region SARE program under project number ENC20-191. USDA is an equal-opportunity employer and service provider. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.