National Curriculums

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National Curriculums

As we say -- there's no reason to recreate the wheel!  Investigate these webpages to find the best in curriculum materials developed by the Forest Service and our partners.

Curriculum Clearing Houses

National Information on Conservation Education Database (NICE)
The National Information for Conservation Education (NICE) Database is the primary way in which the Forest Service tracks and monitors programs and activities in conservation education across the nation. This online, searchable database of education programs is a terrific clearinghouse for finding programs and resources that connect children with nature. Program reports include goals and objectives, partners, and contact information. Search the database by area, type or topic.


Developed by the North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE), EE-Link is environmental education on the internet! It features 5400+ links organized in 300 categories, and receives 11,000+ visitors per day. You can Browse or Search for resources for professional development, climate change, global warming, lesson plans, endangered species, national and international events, and more. If you're looking for education materials, this should be one of your first stops online.

EPA Teachers' Center

The Environmental Protection Agency is the lead federal agency for environmental education. Their Environmental Education website is a treasure trove of resources and links to support your work. Make sure to visit this excellent resource early in the game.


Job Corps Curriculum

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Partnering with the Job Corps and with the North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE), Conservation Education led the development of a suite of high-quality curriculum materials and activities for use throughout the Job Corps network. Currently the following materials are available for use: Climate Change, Sustainability, and Green Jobs.  Additional curriculum topics and materials are being developed.

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.

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Ecosystem Matters

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Ecosystem Matters is an interdisciplinary conservation education curriculum developed by Region 2 of the US Forest Service in 1995. It is jampacked with a range of excelle...

Woodsy Owl Activity Guide


This guide offers teachers and after school group leaders 12 fun and engaging activities. The activities are designed to help children ages 5 to 8 become more aware of the natural environment and f...


Project Learning Tree


Project Learning Tree® (PLT) is an award winning, broad based environmental education program for grades PreK-12. PLT activity guides and supplemental modules p...

Investigating Your Environment

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Investigating Your Environment (IYE) is a supplemental interdisciplinary curriculum for use in grades 6-12. The IYE series was developed in the 1960's through the creativity a...