The Tongass is a Children’s Forest!
As of July 2011, the Tongass National Forest has become the largest National Forest committed to serving youth and providing opportunities for youth to be involved with stewardship, conservation education, and having fun in the out of doors. Imagine a coastal rainforest, wet, mossy, teeming with life, and –intact. Pull on your rubber boots, we are going on a hike-to get to know the Tongass!
Partners Make the World Go ‘Round
One of the strongest links in the Children’s Forest are the links between partners and the 10 Ranger Districts. Currently the Tongass Children’s Forest boasts 12 partners that have provided philosophical and fiscal support for projects. Our partners help us incubate our ideas and they help us make our ideas reality. Without partners our citizen science would not get off the ground, boardwalks and bridges would not be built, and a great many youth would never step foot on public land. Thanks, partners, you make the World Go ‘Round!
A Children’s Forest provides a place where
Youth can participate in stewardship, research and education projects to develop skills in communications, leadership, and problem solving;
Youth and families can participate in programs to learn how to explore a forest setting.
Young people are provided opportunities to participate in projects that integrate social, economic, educational, and environmental dimensions in order that they may be future stewards and decision makers for the earth’s shared resources.