Learning Center

The Forest Service has a long and proud tradition of reaching out to Americans on behalf of conservation. From Smokey Bear, to NatureWatch, to Project Learning Tree, the Forest Service has worked across programs and disciplines to integrate conservation education into much of what we do. But we must do more. If we are to meet the conservation challenges of the 21st century, then we must spread environmental literacy across America, focusing first and foremost on kids.



BatsLive Logo

BatsLive is an exciting, free partnership education program for children in the 4-8th grades and their educators.

Fun Forest Facts

Spearfish Canyon

The first timber sale in the nation took place on the Black Hills National Forest in 1898. This & many other facts can be found on the fun forest facts page.


Black Hills Wildflowers

Fringed loosestrife - Photo by Chelsea Monks

Photos and habitat information for some of the common wildflowers you might find blooming at different times of the growing season.