Youth Leaders & Families


This web page provides a diversity of excellent Forest Service and partner conservation education programs and materials for youth leaders and families.  

Clearing Houses for Conservation Education Resources for Youth Leaders and Families

Forest Service Resources

In addition to the Forest Service resources highlighted on this page, consider these excellent resources for your work with elementary school-aged children.

Partner Resources

There is a wide diversity of excellent conservation education resources for middle school children. The following resources are widely used in the Forest Service and represent the work of our valued partners.   


Junior Forest Ranger

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The Junior Forest Ranger (JFR) program is an exciting way for young people to explore their national forests and grasslands.  The JFR program uses Forest Service science and practices to encourage children 7 through 13 to enjoy and appreciate nature. JFR motivates children to explore the natural and cultural world, and embrace their responsibility to it. Go to the Junior Forest Ranger website for additional program information, downloading the JFR activity guide, and access to the JFR Clubhouse.

Discover the Forest

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The new Discover the Forest website is a partnership between the US Forest Service and the Ad Council. This exciting and dynamic website offers resources to help get kids out in the woods -- exploring nature in their own backyard. This website is especially designed for tweens -- kids in Grades 4th through 8th -- and features exciting, interactive activities and games; an online "nature finder"; and resources for parents and teachers.


National Public Lands Day

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National Public Lands Day began in 1994 with three federal agencies and 700 volunteers. On September 26, 2009, 150,000 volunteers worked at over 2,000 l...

MonarchLIVE - A Distance Learning Adventure

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MonarchLIVE! A Distance Learning Adventure brought the magic of monarchs and their migration to school child...


Robert Bateman's Get to Know Program

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The Forest Service is proud to partner with world renowned artist Robert Bateman's "Get to Kno...

National Get Outdoors Day

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National Get Outdoors Day is a new annual event to encourage healthy, active outdoor fun. Participating partners wil...