Parents & Teachers

The Forest Service Conservation Education program strives to build upon awareness, knowledge, values and attitudes of adults and youth, to foster understanding, appreciation, and appropriate behaviors concerning natural and cultural resources. The Forest Service is a leader in providing scientific knowledge and outstanding opportunities for place-based learning. To find out more about the National Forest Service Conservation Education program, visit their website at http://www.fs.usda.gov/conservationeducation.

Every Kid in a Park

The Every Kid in a Park initiative allows fourth graders to go to the Every Kid in the Park web site and obtain a pass for free entry for them and their families to more than 2,000 federally managed lands and waters for an entire year starting September 1, 2015.

Children can discover their public lands and all they offer. As living classrooms, these outdoor places and historic sites also provide hands-on, real-world opportunities to develop critical skills and learn more about the natural world.

Arbor Day is Around the Corner

Image of a tree and words that read,This year we celebrate National Arbor Day on April 28. A special day set aside for tree planting, Arbor Day was first observed in Nebraska in 1872 with the planting of more than a million trees. It expanded to the rest of the country in 1882 and since then communities around the U.S. have celebrated trees on the last Friday in April. If your community has a special Arbor Day celebration, it may be a Tree City USA. In cooperation with the U.S. Forest Service and National Association of State Foresters, the Arbor Day Foundation provides the framework necessary for communities to manage and expand their public trees through the Tree City USA program. More than 3,400 communities have made the commitment to becoming a Tree City USA by meeting four core standards of sound urban forestry management: maintaining a tree board or department, having a community tree ordinance, spending at least $2 per capita on urban forestry and celebrating Arbor Day. Tree City USA is a popular program in the Intermountain Region with 87 communities achieving this status in Utah, 11 communities in Nevada, 68 communities in Idaho, and 41 communities in Wyoming. Is your town one of them?

Arbor Day Fun Activities for Kids 

Find out more about Arbor Day and how you can celebrate in your community from the Arbor Day Foundation.

Curriculum & Activity Guides

Bat Education

Picture of a bat in flightGrab a new EduBAT kit and go teach kids about bats:  http://batslive.pwnet.org/ + check out the latest resources at the BatsLIVE site. 

And…Keep an eye on what our partners are doing to help our small, furry flying friends:
Bat Conservation International:  http://www.batcon.org/
Organization for Bat Conservation:  http://www.batconservation.org/

Climate Change Live

Climate Change Live LogoClimate Change Live is a distance learning program that was created to raise awareness and understanding of climate change.  Youth work towards finding solutions to different environmental challenges.

 

National Symbols Cache

 

Image of the cover page of the packet.There are many different types of education materials available through the National Symbols Cache. One of the newest education kits available through this site is the Invasive Species Kit.  This kit helps teachers explain to students why native insects are important to ecosystems as well as ways to combat the spread of invasive species.

Natural Inquirer

The Natural Inquirer is a science journal that introduces 4th through 8th grade students to many topics of Forest Service research. Each edition of the Natural Inquirer contains student activities and lesson ideas for the teachers. Many forest offices have copies available for classroom use or copies can be downloaded.

Programs

Junior Forest Ranger & Junior Snow Ranger

Two programs that may be available on your local forest are the Junior Forest Ranger and the Junior Snow Ranger program. Junior Forest Ranger programs usually are available at many forest recreational sites during the summer. Junior Snow Ranger programs take place in the winter at downhill ski areas or on forest trails. Both of these programs offer hands-on activities that encourage stewardship of natural resources.

Discover the Forest Service

Discover the Forests banner.

For a fun way to learn about forests and whay they have to offer, check out http://www.discovertheforest.org/.  From here you can find forests or parks near you or games and activities that will make your next trip outdoors more fun.  There is even a message from Lorax!

Smokey Bear

Essential wildfire prevention information, wildfire science and fighting wildfires are only a few of the items that you can learn on Smokeybear.com, you can also learn about the history of Smokey. There are a number of interactive activities for children to do as well as resource guides that are available. This site contains online activities and materials for youth. While you are visiting Smokeybear.com don't forget to take the Pledge.

National Symbols Program

Visit the National Symbols Program to see what products are available to purchase regarding fire education, Junior Forest Ranger, Junior Snow Ranger, Smokey Bear and Woodsey Owl items. These products include activity books, posters, bookmarkers plus a whole lot more.

Woodsy Owl

Since 1971, Woodsy Owl has inspired kids to care for the natural world. Woodsy's familiar slogan was first "Give a hoot, don't pollute" but now Woodsy would like youth to "Lend a Hand, Care for the Land". Online activities are appropriate for younger elementary students.

Fire Ecology

The FireWorks program focuses on fire ecology and the physics of fire. This program was created by researchers at the Forest Service Fire Research lab in Missoula, Montana. The FireWorks program includes teacher workshops, fire resource trunks, and a downloadable curriculum that is appropriate for upper elementary through secondary. To locate the nearest FireWorks trunk or schedule a workshop, contact Reid Shelley .

An excellent Fire curriculum and teacher guide by Nova.

Educational Resources

Educational Trunks

Most forests have educational trunks loaded with hands-on materials and resources you can borrow. Some of the trunks in our Region include: tree trunks, bat box, weed trunk, FireWorks trunk, wilderness box, wolf box, wild turkey box and fish box. Contact your local forest office to find out what is available.

National Interagency Center

National Interagency Fire Center has current wildfire information and links for fire prevention programs such as Firewise.

Rocky Mountain Research Station (RMRS) Publications

The Rocky Mountain Research Station offers many online brochures and research publications. Some of these scientific publications would be helpful for students doing research for science fairs and other school projects.

Videos, Brochures, & Posters

Local forest offices carry a variety of educational materials. If you have a specific interest in additional materials, contact your local . forest office.

Career Information

In addition, Forest staff can present information about career options in the Forest Service. We are archaeologists, computer scientists, fishery and wildlife biologists, range conservationists, botanists, engineers, hydrologists, recreation specialists, interpreters, plus many more. And yes...some of us are forest rangers!

Contact Us

To request materials or a program presentation, contact your local forest office.

Find the Regional Conservation Education Coordinators near you

 

 

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