There is a wide diversity of excellent conservation education resources for middle school children. The following resources are widely used in the Forest Service and represent the work of our valued partners.
The Junior Forest Ranger (JFR) program is an exciting way for young people to explore their national forests and grasslands. The JFR program uses Forest Service science and practices to encourage children 7 through 13 to enjoy and appreciate nature. JFR motivates children to explore the natural and cultural world, and embrace their responsibility to it. Go to the Junior Forest Ranger website for additional program information, downloading the JFR activity guide, and access to the JFR Clubhouse.
The new Discover the Forest website is a partnership between the US Forest Service and the Ad Council. This exciting and dynamic website offers resources to help get kids out in the woods -- exploring nature in their own backyard. This website is especially designed for tweens -- kids in Grades 4th through 8th -- and features exciting, interactive activities and games; an online "nature finder"; and resources for parents and teachers.