Nature & Science

The Forest Service is committed to connecting kids with nature and the outdoors by providing students, parents and teachers with youth-oriented information and resources related to natural resources and the environment. Our Agency wants to encourage more kids to go outdoors by having fun, being healthy and learning more about nature. This can instill kids to create an awareness of the value of public lands,seek careers in natural resources and land management as well as enthusiastically participate in physical activities. The online resources below will help them in the process.

USDA Kids Page

USDA FOR KIDS provides students, parents, and teachers with youth-geared information and resources related to agriculture.

Discover the Forest

Discover the Forest
There are forests and parks all over the country. So no matter where you live, you won’t have to go very far to get outside. Let the adventures begin!

 FS NatureLive Bringing Nature to You

The USDA Forest Service, Prince William Network and partners bring nature learning to you through our series of webcasts, webinars, and online education resources. No matter where you are in the world, visit our LIVE programs for exciting, on-site learning about bats, butterflies, climate change, wetlands, and more!

George Washington Carver Color Book

George Washington Carver Coloring Book
Kids and teens can find a coloring book honoring Dr. George Washington Carver.

Kids Science Page

Kids' Science Page
Kids' Science Page contains lists of children's books and articles on specific agricultural subjects, including science fair projects and supplies, careers and biographies of leading scientists, and "learn by doing" 4-H (Head, Heart, Hands, and Health) youth projects.

Natural Inquirer

Natural Inquirer
The Natural Inquirer contains articles on scientific research conducted by scientists at USDA on nature, such as trees, forests, wildlife, insects, outdoor activities, and water.


NatureWatch is a partnership program of the U.S. Forest Service that provides nature viewing opportunities, encourages safe and sound viewing ethics and contributes to local economies.

 Smokey Bear

Smokey Bear
Smokey Bear provides Americans information on the importance of outdoor fire safety and wildfire prevention.

 Recreation - Trail in the Woods


 Wildlife - Duck

Watershed, Fish, Wildlife & Rare Plants


Penny Pines

The Penny Pines Program was initiated in California in 1941. It started small. Under the sponsorship of the San Francisco Sportswomen's Association in 1941 and succeeding years, school children of the San Mateo County Schools made the first contribution used for reforestation on the Shasta-Trinity National Forests in northern California. Over the years, the number of the groups participating in the Penny Pines Program has continued to grow.

Plant-A-Tree Program

In 1983, the Forest Service established the Plant-a-Tree program, providing a way for individuals and groups to have trees planted on national forests to memorialize loved ones or commemorate births, weddings, anniversaries, or other special events while helping to improve the environment.