United States Forest Service
Forest Service (FS) is a multi-faceted agency that manages and protects 154 national forests and 20 grasslands in 43 states and Puerto Rico. The agency’s mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the nation’s forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations.
FS augments their work through partnerships with public and private agencies that help them plant trees, improve trails, educate the public, and improve conditions in wildland/urban interfaces and rural areas. FS also promotes sustainable forest management and biodiversity conservation internationally.
As a teacher/educator you will:
The goals of Conservation Education and FS products are to educate students on Natural Resources
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The Natural Inquirer and their suite of products for younger children are created by using Forest Service science on many issues and writing it for various aged students – free copies can be ordered or downloaded on the Natural Inquirer website.
The USDA Forest Service, Prince William Network and partners bring nature learning to you through our series of webcasts, webinars, and online education resources on the FSNatureLive website.
Forest Service sites may offer other educational programs and materials at the local level.
- Scientist Reader Series – PreK-2ndgrade
- Invest-gator – written for 4th-6th grade
- Natural Inquirer – written for middle to high school
Project Learning Tree (PLT)
Project Learning Tree (PLT) 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. PLT advances environmental literacy and promotes stewardship through excellence in environmental education, professional development, and curriculum resources that use trees and forests as windows on the world. PLT uses a multi-disciplinary approach to cover topics of environment resource management and technology and society and culture. Many of PLT’s curriculum resources are aligned with national academic standards, such as Next Generation Science Standards and Common Core.
Project Learning Tree covers topics such as forests, wildlife, water, air, energy, waste, climate change, invasive species, community planning, and more. PLT offers materials for early childhood, elementary & middle school, and secondary educators. To compliment curriculum, PLT provides professional development training both in-person and online. Educators can learn more about PLT opportunities and offerings in their area by contacting their State Coordinator.
The conservation and environmental education goals that teachers can achieve by accessing PLT’s curriculum and professional development include:
- Development of students’ awareness, skills, and commitment to address environmental issues.
- Application of scientific processes and higher order thinking to resolve environmental problems.
- Practice appreciation and tolerance of diverse viewpoints.
- Encourage creativity, originality, and flexibility.
- Empower students to become responsible and participatory members of society.
Additionally, PLT’s complimentary educator trainings support the integration of PLT activities into your own programming and location. Participating educators are welcomed into a diverse and supportive professional network and become eligible for community improvement grants.
Project Learning Tree provides select conservation education resources for free :
Teaching with i-Tree helps middle and high school students discover and analyze the many ecosystem services that trees provide and the importance of land management.
GreenSchools Investigations inspire students to take responsibility for improving the environment in their school, home, and their community with 5 topical, hands-on investigations: Energy, Environmental Quality, School Site, Waste & Recycling, and Water.
Family Activities connect children to the outdoors outside the classroom with easy-to-do activities perfect for families and communities engaging children in their own neighborhood and local parks.
Environmental Education Resources enhance PLT lessons, make connections to current events, and recommend additional environmental education programs.