Parents & Teachers

Discover The Forest Curriculum

Whether you are a classroom teacher or outdoor educator, these lessons can fit into your curriculum. The lessons are interdisciplinary and connect with diverse learning styles. Use these lessons in conjunction with - the program website. Encourage your students to visit the site during computer lab or at home with their families to get them excited about learning about forests.

Project Learning Tree

Project Learning Tree is an award-winning environmental education program designed for teachers and other educators, parents, and community leaders working with youth from preschool through grade 12.

Project Wet

The mission of Project WET is to reach children, parents, educators and communities of the world with water education. We invite you to join us in educating children about the most precious resource on the planet — water.

Natural Inquirer

The Natural Inquirer is a middle school science education journal! Scientists report their research in journals, which enable scientists to share information with one another. This journal, the Natural Inquirer, was created so that scientists can share their research with middle school students. Each article tells you about scientific research conducted by scientists in the USDA Forest Service.

Forest Service "Find-a-Photo" Website

The Forest Service's "Find-a-Photo" Website - the NatureWatch, Wildlife, Fish, and Threatened and Endangered Species Program's photograph library. Find-a-Photo allows you to access thousands of copyright free wildlife, fish, wildflower and environmental education photographs, donated by Forest Service employees and our partners and volunteers. Check back often since new photographs are being added quite frequently.

Mark Trail Activity Book

Mark Trail-Living on the Wild Side Responsibly is an activity book about living near wildlands. The activities address the National Achievement Standards and can be completed as outlined or expanded upon. Suitable for grade levels 3-6. For more resources in environmental education for students and teachers, visit

Pollinators LIVE!

While pollinators may come in small sizes, they play a large and often undervalued role in the production of the food we eat, the health of flowering plants, and the future of wildlife. A decline in the numbers and health of pollinators over the last several years poses a significant threat to the integrity of biodiversity, to global food webs, and to human health, according to scientists.Join us for a series of live interactive webcasts, web seminars, and satellite field trips about pollinators, gardening, and conservation. Pollinator LIVE! is geared to grades 4 to 8. Great activities and webcasts for kids!

Nature Watch

NatureWatch - Various studies have shown that more than half of the American public enjoys observing, studying, or photographing the vast varieties of fish, wildflowers, wildlife, and scenery. This trend is predicted to more than double by the year 2040.

In 1986, the President's Commission on Americas Outdoors identified wildlife-associated recreation as one of the nation's most popular outdoor activities. The commission recommended that protection and enhancement of recreational opportunities on federal lands and water, long-term conservation measures of our natural resources, and quality recreational opportunities and experience would be a priority. Educators were encouraged to integrate environmental education into basic school curriculums, and federal resource agencies to play a role in providing viewing opportunities for people to experience our nation's great outdoors.

Celebrating Wildflowers

Celebrating Wildflowers is dedicated to the enjoyment of the thousands of wildflowers growing on our national forests and grasslands, and to educating the public about the many values of native plants. You can select a Forest Service Region on a map to display Celebrating Wildflower events, wildflower viewing areas, and wildflower photographs. You may also search for Celebrating Wildflower activities.

Animal Inn

Animal Inn is an environmental education program designed to inform children and adults about the importance of dead and dying trees located in the forests, parks, and even in their own yards! Dead and dying trees support a wide variety of animals and plants. 

Investigating Your Environment (IYE)

IYE is an inquiry-based education program which provides water, plants, wildlife, habitats, geology and soil investigations. These activities complement science curriculum for upper elementary school through high school. IYE was created in the 1970's, but is still a useful tool for teachers.

Urban Forestry Exercises

The Urban Forestry Exercises help secondary level students to investigate and appreciate urban forests around them.

Ecosystem Matters

The "Ecosystem Matters" activity guide provide hands-on and problem-solving activities that focus on conservation and stewardship of various natural resources.

Junior Forest Ranger

Check out how your students can become Junior Forest Rangers! Junior Forest Ranger programs usually are available at many forest recreational sites during the summer.

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.

This extensive Fire Effects database includes technical information on fire ecology and characteristics of many native plants, animals, and fungi. This is an excellent resource students could use for research projects.

Fire, Fuel, and Smoke Science Program

The mission of the Conservation Education (CE) Team for the Fire, Fuel and Smoke (FFS) Program is to develop and deliver high-quality, science-based education about wildland fire to students, educators, the general public, and agency staff.

Fire Curriculum by Nova

Welcome to the companion Web site to "Fire Wars," originally broadcast on May 7, 2002. In the program, NOVA accompanies the men and women of a wildland firefighting crew known as the Arrowhead Hotshots as they battle one of the most destructive wildfire seasons ever, the summer of 2000.