Learning Center

Learning About Natural Resources

Conservation Education

The Forest Service Conservation Education Website has a huge array of resources available for formal and informal educators alike.

For more information on Conservation Education and the Forest Service, please visit www.fs.usda.gov/ conservationeducation.

Conservation Education is a process of structured educational programs, experiences and/or activities that enable people to understand and appreciate our country’s natural resources and how to conserve them for future generations.

Conservation Education also improves understanding of how natural resources and ecosystems affect each other and are affected by human actions, and how resources can be used more wisely.

Through structured educational experiences and activities targeted to varying age groups and populations, people develop the critical thinking skills they need to understand the complexities of ecological problems. Conservation Education also encourages people to act on their own to conserve natural resources and use them in a responsible manner by making informed resource decisions.

Practice Safety First

With an outdoors adventure comes a sense of responsibility, especially when it comes to safety. Please remember, you are responsible for the safety of yourself and for those around you.

Standards for safety and ethics in the woods: Plan ahead and prepare—Travel with a companion—Be in good physical condition—Check your equipment—Learn basic first aid—Be weather wise—Travel and camp on durable surfaces—Be alert for slippery areas—Think about your footing while traveling near cliffs—Make camp before dark—Minimize campfire impacts—Respect wildlife—Dispose of waste properly—Think before you drink!—Leave what you find—Be considerate of other visitors—Learn more safety tips.


History & Culture

After years of overuse and degradation of western lands, President Cleveland, in 1897, proclaimed 13 new forest reserves, known as the "Washington's Birthday Reserves." Two of these reserves were located in California; the San Jacinto and Stanislaus. In 1907, the name was changed to "National Forests."


Treesearch is an online system for sharing free, full text publications by Research and Development scientists in the US Forest Service.


Discover the Forest

Discover the Forest

Learn more about the forest and all that they have to offer! Enjoy these science tips and fun facts to help you appreciate and conserve our natural lands.

Woodsy Owl

Woodsy Owl holds an ABC book.

Hello! I'm Woodsy Owl. I hope you will join me to learn how to "Lend a Hand—Care for the Land!" Let's get started!


Nature Watch

Nature Watch

Engaging in Nature Watching activities leads to greater personal connection to the environment and the natural resources we all share.

Safety in the Woods

Attention: Be safe in the woods.

Safety of visitors is the number one concern of the US Forest Service. The most effective way to prevent mishaps is to adequately prepare for the trip.