New Resources at Address Urban Forest Ecology, Natural Resource Management, Forest Health, Wildfires, Naturalist John Muir and More


Nine new environmental education resources and additional Forestry Tour added to   


(Minneapolis, MN) -, an online environmental education resource hub, announces nine new additions to its Teachers Tools and one new addition to its Forestry Tours. These new resource additions address urban forest ecology, natural resource management, forest health, wildfires, naturalist John Muir and more. The resources are targeted at students of all ages, ranging from kindergarten through adult. The resources recently added to include: 


Natural Cities: Urban Forest Ecology Challenge

The Nature Conservancy, along with the New York Botanical Garden have published this interactive lesson plan to teach middle school aged children about urban forests and how they affect our cities over time. Students are given a hypothetical scenario to work through during a field trip to an urban forest. The lesson provides background information regarding what forests are, their different components and why forest ecology is important in an urban setting.


The full lesson plan is available for free at:



Penn State Forestry/Natural Resources Lesson Plans (K-5)

This compilation of numerous lesson plans, listed by intended age-level, is a great tool for teaching forest units at any level. Complete with activities including Leaf ID and Bingo, and Maple Syrup Production demonstrations, this list is an ideal resource for teaching about trees and forestry.


The lesson plans are available for free at:


Forest Preservation Tips for Kids

eSchool Today provides a great online tool for teaching the balance between forest utilization and forest health. Intended for middle school audiences, this digital lesson plan helps demonstrate the importance of trees as a renewable resource.


This lesson plan is available for free at:



FS Nature Live - Distance Learning

FSNature Live is a collaborative resource led by the USDA Forest Service, Prince William Network and other partners that brings nature learning to schools across the United States and internationally through distance learning adventures. Educational resources include webinars, webcasts, and online education resources (including lesson plans, videos, science projects, classroom activities, and quizzes). A great interactive resource for educators regarding forests, wetlands and wildlife.


Educational resources available for free at:



Discovery Education - Fire Lesson Plan

This lesson plan on forest fires from Discovery Education aims to help educators illustrate the benefits and problems associated with wildfires and the role they play in maintaining healthy ecosystems. Complete with discussion questions and suggested additional readings, this is a great tool for a multi-class-period lesson.

This lesson plan is available for free at:



Learn Forestry Lesson Plans

Learn Forestry provides several lesson plans as well as other resources for elementary and middle school forest education. Video suggestions and science-based experiments can also be found in the lesson plans.


Lesson plans and additional resources available for free at:



Nature Works Everywhere Resources

Nature Works Everywhere has a number of forestry education lesson plans and videos covering topics from reforestation to the impact of fire on forests. Complete with downloadable lesson plans and accompanying videos, this is a tool for educators to teach about healthy relationships with and within forests.


These lesson plans and videos are available free at:



John Muir Study Guide 

Provided by the Sierra Club, this lesson plan helps teach about the renowned naturalist John Muir and his observations on wildfires and forest management. Including two ten-minute videos, a PDF lesson plan, and numerous follow-up questions, this is a great tool for a forest management lesson for high school students.


This lesson plan and videos are available for free at:



Rainforest Alliance Resources

Forest-based storybooks, activities, posters, and lesson plans, categorized by age-level, are available from the Rainforest Alliance. In addition, numerous PDFs for climate education and sustainable practices are provided through this website.


These resources are available for free at:



Forestry Tour Addition - Nature's Classroom

A hands-on learning opportunity, Nature's Classroom has educated thousands of students from hundreds of schools for the past 40 years. Recognized by the National Science Teacher's Association, Nature's Classroom offers a number of valuable outdoor education programs.


Contact and scheduling information for this resource is available at



When considering environmental education resources for addition to, a team of experts evaluates the material to ensure it is scientifically sound and addresses criteria related to responsible sourcing of natural resources, evaluating environmental impacts and renewability. If the material meets these requirements it is then added to the directory of resources at
"We are always looking to raise awareness of environmental education materials that help bring important natural resource and scientific concepts into the learning environment," said Kathryn Fernholz, Executive Director of Dovetail Partners, the non-profit that hosts "Our staff of natural resource professionals and experienced educators carefully review all materials before they are added to our directory of Teacher Tools."  


To access the complete Teachers' Tools directory visit:


Special thanks to Dovetail's Summer 2015 Environmental Education Intern Liam Krause for all his help researching, compiling and adding these great new additions to!



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