Parents & Teachers

Our most important resource in this country is not forests, vital as they are. It is not water, although life itself would cease to exist without it.
It is people.
The challenges of climate change and looming water shortages will not be resolved in a few years. It will take generations. Today’s children—and theirs—will need to be able to take the baton and continue the race. For that, they will need a full understanding of why forests are so valuable, along with a strong land ethic. It is our job to give them both.”— Former Forest Service Chief Gail Kimbell


The Rio Grande National Forest strives to get both young and old involved with nature. Through various programs including Kids In the Woods, the forest works closely with local classrooms throughout the hills to teach people about the forest that surrounds them.


For further conservation education assistance, contact your local Forest Service office.