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.

Every Kid Outdoors

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.


Conservation Education Strategic Plan to Advance Environmental Literacy

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The "Conservation Education Strategic Plan To Advance Environmental Literacy: 2007-2012" provides a comprehensive road map to our future. Developed by a diverse team of Forest Service employees and valued partners over a two-year period, the plan articulates our mission and vision; outlines the strategic goals and objectives, and the means and strategies to accomplish them; and aligns our efforts to the Forest Service Strategic Plan-2007-2012 [pdf].

Center for Design and Interpretation (USFS)

CDI Logo and link to CDI Website

The Rocky Mountain Region's Center for Design and Interpretation (CDI) is a full-service team bringing together the design disciplines of Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Engineering, Interpretive Planning and Graphic Illustration to meet your needs. CDI's multi-disciplinary team is capable of taking your project from concept through implementation. We take a holistic approach to site development, fully integrating interpretive planning and facility design within our sustainable solutions.


CE Emphasis - Using Technology

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The Conservation Education program believes in using technology effectively to talk where kids listen, write where kids read, and be where kids gather. Go to the Multi-Media section of the websit...

CE Emphasis - Evaluation and Monitoring

girl walking along rock wall - Andrea Bedell-Loucks

The Conservation Education program emphasizes the critical need to evaluate and monitor our efforts. They work in partnership with non-governmental organizations and educational institutions to d...


CE Emphasis - Place-Based Education and Service-Learning


The Conservation Education program emphasizes using place-based education and service-learning tools to strengthen our education efforts. Click here to learn more about the Forest Service's work in...

CE Emphasis - Teacher Training

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The Conservation Education program emphasizes capacity-building for educators, both formal and non-formal. The Forest For Every Classroom teacher training initiative is our keystone effort.