Recommended Summer Reading for Forest Lovers

As the days stay sunny for longer, summer can be the perfect time for kids and adults to relax under their favorite tree and catch up on their reading lists. Explore some of our favorite all-ages books about forests and trees to connect with the natural world!

Red cardinal sitting on a fence

How to Introduce Students to Urban Birdwatching

Introduce kids to urban birdwatching and help them enjoy their immediate environments! Check out how to get started with urban birdwatching at your school, daycare, summer camp, or home, along with bird-themed activities that you can adapt for your classroom. 

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.