Learning Lichens Curriculum

Lichens can be studied every season of the year and in nearly every location. Learning Lichens will introduce high school and advanced middle school students to intriguing lichen ecology, identification, and values to humans. Teachers can use these four lessons to help their students develop their observational, research design, and field inventory skills. Students will also be able to relate lichen ecology to its valuable use as a bioindicator of air quality and old growth habitat. The curriculum includes 4 lessons, student data sheets and protocols, teacher notes, and instructional PowerPoints for teachers and students. Everything needed for the field inventory lesson is included in a kit that can be borrowed from the White Mountain National Forest. Learning Lichens has been developed and field tested by high school ecology teacher, Sarah Thorne and her students at Prospect Mt. High School in Alton, NH.

Winter Recreating: Careful Planning Required

Winter is a special time on the forest.  It is also a time to be extra cautious.  Keep the following in mind as you prepare for a day visiting the forest.

Heritage Topics: Fabyan Cabin

Built in 1923, the Fabyan Guard Station is the oldest structure built by the Forest Service in New Hampshire’s White Mountain National Forest and is one of the oldest remaining guard stations in the eastern United States. 

In 2014, the White Mountain National Forest Heritage Program and Historicorps came together, along with many volunteers, to spend 3 weeks restoring this cabin.