Educator Toolbox

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The Educator Toolbox is jam-packed with helpful resources to make your challenging job just a little easier. Here you will find background resources to help you understand forests and grasslands, professional development opportunities and resources, and a collection of great materials and programs organized by grade-level.

Education Themes

Climate Change

Climate change is significantly impacting the lands we manage—and is in the news everywhere. We have developed materials to help you better understand climate change from both a global and local perspective.

Kids in the Woods

In diverse ways, the Forest Service connects kids to nature through meaningful outdoor experiences.

Water Resources

The national forests were created in part for “securing favorable conditions of water flows,” the importance of which has grown as populations have grown, and competing demands forwater have grown.

Wildland Fire

Decades of fuel buildup in many forest types have led to fires that burn out of control with uncharacteristic intensity, unprecedented damage to ecosystems and communities, and high suppression costs.

Forest Service

The Forest Service manages more than 193 million acres of public lands throughout the United States.


Hands on the Land

Are you looking for new ways to increase your students' interest and achievement in science, mathematics, and reading? Is student motivation suffering in your classroom? Why not consider taking your teaching outside?

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 US Forest Service.


NatureWatch, Interpretation and Conservation Education (NICE) System

The NatureWatch, Interpretation and Conservation Education (NICE) System is the primary way the Forest Service collects and reports its conservation education...

Firewise Generation

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The Firewise Generation program and curriculum helps young adults better understand wildfire, and to help them put Firewise practices to work around home and in local communities


A Forest For Every Classroom

A Forest for Every Classroom (FFEC) is a year-long professional development program for educators focused on place-based education. Teachers who participate in FFEC develop curricula that foster st...!ut/p/z0/04_Sj9CPykssy0xPLMnMz0vMAfIjo8zijQwgwNHCwN_DI8zPwBcqYKBfkO2oCADIwpjI/?position=BROWSEBYSUBJECT&pname=Conservation%20Education-%20Educator%20Toolbox&navtype=BROWSEBYSUBJECT&ss=119995&pnavid=null&navid=140000000000000&ttype=main&cid=null