Learning Center

Throughout the year, the Shawnee National Forest works to educate the public on our natural resources and their management. Through a variety of programs the Forest’s goal is to connect people with their natural surroundings in order to build a sense of stewardship for the land.   

Educational topics include non-native invasive species, wilderness, trails, forestry, protection of heritage resources, wetland restoration, aquatic ecosystems, wildlife, outdoor safety and the mission of the Forest Service.  National education programs are also promoted such as Smokey Bear and Wildfire Prevention, Woodsy Owl and Land Stewardship and the Leave No Trace curriculum in classroom visits, school field trips, and public interpretive programs throughout the year at fairs, recreation sites and other large events.  For more information or to request a program, contact Linda Hauser.

Getting into the great outdoors to enjoy your national forest is a lot of fun.  Before venturing outdoors be sure to visit the Outdoor Safety & Ethics Page for tips on how to prepare for a safe and enjoyable visit.

Just For Kids

Smokey Bear

Discover the Forest


Bat Conservation

The importance of Pollinators



Other Resources

Educational Trunks

Forest Service National Conservation Education website

Southern IL. Environmental Education Contacts & Resource List

Illinois Dept. of Natural Resources Education website

Non-Native Invasive Species  OR  Invasive Species

National Environmental Education Foundation

Climate Change Live

Wildflowers Teacher Resources website


Woodsy Owl