Programs

MonarchLIVE kickoff broadcast with Chief Abigail Kimball, October 2009.

Each year, Forest Service employees across the nation develop and provide a wide diversity of education programs that help connect kids to nature through meaningful outdoor experiences. From visiting classrooms, to operating summer camps, to offering teacher training, to leading outdoor adventures -- these programs are conducted on National Forests and Grasslands, and in other "green spaces", across the country.

The Programs section of the Conservation Education Web site provides resources to help you -- whether you are looking for available programs, or whether you are looking for inspiration and resources ifor developing new programs.

Find a National Forest or Grassland Near You?
Each National Forest or Grassland has unique education programs.

National Information on Conservation Education (NICE) Database

The National Information for Conservation Education (NICE) Database is the primary way that we track and monitor programs and activities in conservation education across the nation. This online, searchable database of education programs is a terrrific 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.

Search for Projects:
Use the database's search function to find projects in your location, or projects that addres your interests.

Enter Projects:
Forest Service employees and their partners, are strongly encouraged to enter their outreach projects into the database. To enter programs into the database, contact your Regional CE coordinator to receive a password and intitial instructions. The database features a user-friendly internet interface, and  is supported by a clear and concise instructions on data entry.

Features

San Bernadino Children's Forest

The San Bernadino Children’s Forest is the first Children's Forest in the United States on 3,400-acres of the San Bernardino National Forest. Kids work side by side with key Forest Service staff and other experts to manage the forest. Most recently they designed and built trails and accompanying interpretive exhibits to teach young people about the Forest.

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Spotlights

Chugach Children's Forest

Chugach kids on expedition

In 2008, the Chugach National Forest designated itself a Children's Forest, a symbolic designation that creates exciting, new, and innovative opportunities for connecting Alaska's youth and communities with the outdoors.
 

Discover the Forest

Dragonfly girls - Kim Potter

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.

More Kids in the Woods

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.

MonarchLIVE-A Distance Learning Adventure

Smiling girl with monarch

The annual migration cycle of the monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus) is one of the most spectacular events in the insect world. Every year, millions of delicate but hardy monarchs migrate thousands of miles from Canada and the United States to over-winter in just 12 mountain peaks in Michoacán, Mexico. This magical journey has also been deemed an “endangered natural phenomenon.” Monarchs and their migration are dependent on conservation of habitats in all three North American countries – United States, Canada and Mexico.

MonarchLIVE! A Distance Learning Adventure will bring the magic of monarchs and their migration to school children throughout the Western Hemisphere. Through a series of live, interactive, web-based broadcasts and a rich website, the program will help students learn about monarch life history, citizen science and what students can do to help monarchs.