New Teachers' Tools Focused on Urban Forests, Trees, Water and Wildlife


Environmental education resources highlight relationship between cities and urban forests

(Mpls, MN) -, an online environmental education resource hub, announces three new additions to its Teachers' Tools directory.  The resources address urban forests, trees, water and wildlife.

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 their city 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:

Nature Works Everywhere: Urban Trees
This lesson plan teaches middle school aged children about the importance of urban forestland with a focus on individual trees or small park groupings of trees and looks at their benefits, including shade, their ability to block wind, and the processes of carbon dioxide absorption and oxygen production. and identification of trees and various forest threats.  The lesson also explains the importance of forestland conservation in urban areas, forest threats and the benefits urban forests provide.
The full lesson plan is available for free at:

Nature Works Everywhere: Managing Salmon to Support Healthy Forests
This lesson plan was developed to teach middle school aged children about nutrient recycling with a focus on the relationship between salmon and forests. Links are provided to several videos explaining salmon/forest relationships and how salmon runs affect people.
The full lesson plan is available for free at:

When considering environmental education resources for addition to the directory, evaluates all material based upon three important criteria. If the material meets these requirements it is then added to the ever-growing list.
"We are always looking to raise awareness of environmental education materials that help bring important natural resource and scientific concepts into the classroom," 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."
The educational materials included at must be scientifically sound and address the following criteria:


  • Everything is made from natural resources and natural resources must come from somewhere.
  • The gathering and processing of all natural resources have environmental impacts.
  • Responsible production and use of renewable resources is environmentally sound.

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