The Go Green Youth Challenge has begun! Here are a few resources to help you incorporate a forestry education component into your coin collection. Even if you are not participating in the Challenge these websites have great information to get kids into forestry.
Provided by the U.S. Forest Service, Finding My Forest is a resource for educators to help them integrate forest fun into their curriculum. This site boasts downloadable curriculum materials, activities, a network where you can connect with other educators around the country, access to regional field guides and more.
The Society of American Foresters has an Education page on their website. The forestry topics are organized by grade level (elementary, middle and high school). There are links to information, projects, and activities educators can use in their classrooms as well as a section of “tools for educators.”
The Forests of Fun Curriculum was developed by the 4-H Cooperative Curriculum System, U.S. Forest Service, and the Hardwood Forests Foundation. For a complete version of the program you can purchase their curriculum books online, but the website has plenty of sample activities too. There are also field trip ideas for your class and lots of links to additional resources.
Education Trunks are also available for rental from the Michigan Arbor Day Alliance which is a program of the Eaton Conservation District. Materials are available for grades K-8 and include a variety of DVDs, CDs, games, curriculum books and activities. Trunk materials may be borrowed as an entire trunk or individual pieces and all have a nature or forestry focus. A complete listing of Education Trunk contents can be found on the Arbor Day Alliance’s website.
If you have any additional resources you’d like to share, feel free to post a comment.
Good luck in having a successful Go Green Youth Challenge collection.