Parents & Teachers


Fire Ecology Curriculum

Fire is an integral component of the forests in the Southwest. This curriculum uses fire as its central theme in order to provide information and education on a vast array of forest health and ecosystem management issues. The curriculum is correlated to Arizona and New Mexico academic standards, Forest Service conservation educator learner guidelines, and our key messages.

Forest Service Conservation Education Website

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.

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

Field Guide to Insects & Diseases of Arizona and New Mexico

Electronic version of our field guide to insects and diseases of Southwestern forests.

This guide is designed to be practical for the field. Not every forest insect or disease of the Southwest is covered, but we have attempted to include those having significant ecological and/or economic impacts on forest resources such as recreation, wildlife, wood production, and watershed quality.

This field guide is divided into insect and disease sections, each with its own description, illustrations, and host index. Literature cited, glossary, and general index are at the end of this field guide.