Celebrating National Park Week

April 17 – 25, 2021 is National Park Week! Celebrate this annual week-long celebration by teaching your students about public lands and the many contributions of Black Americans to the National Parks System, and encouraging the exploration of these culturally and historically significant areas.

Family Activity: Nature’s Skyscrapers

Explore tree structure and scale by using different methods to measure them. In this activity, children will measure trees in different ways and become familiar …

children inspect a log in a forest

Making It Easy To Learn About Forests

Engage middle school aged youth in learning about trees, forests, and sustainable forest management and help grow the next generation of environmental stewards with Learn About Forests, which includes 12 free, hands-on activities to use with ages 10 to 16.

Activity: Every Tree for Itself

Through an active modeling exercise, learners explore how trees compete with each other for nutrients, sunlight, space, and water.

Activity: Make Your Own Paper

Learners experience firsthand the magic of the paper-making process and the value of trees as a natural resource.

Activity: Nature’s Skyscrapers

Using simple tools, learners calculate the height of a tree and width of its trunk, and find out why foresters measure trees.

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Activity: Plant a Tree

Trees provide a host of benefits—from oxygen to shade to wildlife habitat. Learners help select and plant a tree for the future.

Activity: Seeking Sustainability

Learners investigate the concept of forest sustainability by identifying connections between forests and the U.N.’s Sustainable Development Goals.