Just for Kids

About Sky Island Children's Forest (SICF)

Image: Sky Island Children's Forest LogoThe Sky Islands Children’s Forest is a unique system of biologically diverse mountain ‘islands’ where youth play, learn, grow and care for their world. The Coronado National Forest and our partners have a vision for the youth of Southeastern Arizona to grow up walking hand-in-hand with the land, building a foundation for a lifetime of learning, stewardship and advocacy for their communities and their environment. We are embarking on a journey to enable more youth to experience the beauty of these special places, appreciate the role of management and environmental science in caring for them, and learn to protect and care for what they love.

The mission of the SICF is to provide a gateway for the youth of SE Arizona to experience and understand the Sky Islands ecosystem. We do this by engaging youth, working collaboratively, building on existing resources, and promoting standards-based programming.

Current Programs PDF (100 kb)

SICF Strategic Plan PDF (2 MB)


Youth Conservation Corps: Safford Ranger District

This summer, a group of local youth participated in the Forest Service Youth Conservation Corps (YCC), led by Forest Service employee Chuck Duncan. These crews helped with various projects on the Safford Ranger District. The YCC removed invasive species, installed bear-proof food lockers, installed water troughs and removed over 1,500 invasive salamanders from threatened Chiricahua Leopard Frog habitat. Individual YCC crews were led by college students that provided mentorship to the high school participants. It was yet again a very successful program and we look forward to another great year!

Other Resources

Natural Inquirer is a science journal written by Forest Service scientists for middle-school students.

US Forest Service Coloring Pages

Youth: Want to get involved?

Check out the current program offerings and see if one sounds cool! Are you really excited? Well then send us an email and tell us your idea. We want to invole youth at every level of the Sky Islands Children’s Forest!


Do you want to get your students or programs involved with the Sky Islands Children’s Forest? Our staff would love to talk to you about the possibilities and link you in with current and future Children’s Forest Programs and their development.

Want to Partner?

Does your organization’s mission align with the Sky Islands Children’s Forest Vision? Well, we are always on the look-out for new strategic partners to help develop programs and increase our capacity. We look forward to working with you!

Contact Information

  • Coronado National Forest Supervisor's Office 
  • Sky Islands Children's Forest Coordinators
  • sicf@fs.fed.us
  • 520.388.8300