About Conservation Education

Forest Service leads learning activities in the Miracles of Nature project -- photo by Steve Kozlowski

The Conservation Education program (CE) 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.

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.

This section of the website provides programmatic information on the organization and operation of the Forest Service's Conservation Education program.

Education Themes

Climate Change

Climate change is significantly impacting the lands we manage—and is in the news everywhere. We have developed materials to help you better understand climate change from both a global and local perspective.

Kids in the Woods

In diverse ways, the Forest Service connects kids to nature through meaningful outdoor experiences.

Water Resources

The national forests were created in part for “securing favorable conditions of water flows,” the importance of which has grown as populations have grown, and competing demands for water have grown.

Wildland Fire

Decades of fuel buildup in many forest types have led to fires that burn out of control with uncharacteristic intensity, unprecedented damage to ecosystems and communities, and high suppression costs.

Forest Service

The Forest Service manages more than 193 million acres of public lands throughout the United States.