The Conservation Education program helps people of all ages understand and appreciate our country's natural resources and how to conserve those resources for future generations. Through structured educational experiences and activities targeted to varying age groups and populations, Conservation Education enables people to realize how natural resources and ecosystems affect each other and how resources can be used wisely. But Conservation Education doesn't preach. Instead, the program equips people to make their own intelligent, informed resource decisions.
Through Conservation Education, people develop the critical thinking they need to understand the complexities of ecological problems. It also encourages people to act on their own to conserve natural resources and use them in a responsible manner.
The Forest Service conservation education program will be an effective, dynamic means for the Forest Service to connect the American people with their environment. The Forest Service will provide the tools Americans need to participate effectively in the critical task of sustaining our Nation's natural and cultural resources. This understanding will be a coordinated, servicewide effort that will affect all aspects of the agency's operations.