Best Forestry Web Sites

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Natural Resource & Forestry Websites

American Fisheries Society        http://www.fisheries.org/index.html

Includes the Guide to Fisheries Education Resources for Grades K-12, Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Education, Fisheries education links, and links  Just for Kids (of all ages).       

American Forests      http://www.amfor.org/

Resources page contains links to the National Registry of Big Trees as well as resources for kids.

Audubon Online     http://www.audobon.org/

Website has sections containing information on classroom resources, special projects, and teachers’ professional development.

Backyard Conservation (Good Links)   http://www.nhq.nrcs.usda.gov/CCS/Backyard.html

Backyard Conservation shows you how conservation practices that are used on agricultural land across the country to conserve and improve natural resources can be adapted for use on the land around your home. These practices help the environment and can make your yard more attractive and enjoyable.

Backyard Wildlife Habitat       http://www.nwf.org/backyardwildlifehabitat/ 

This website will provide you with everything from tools to help you assess and plan your habitat, hands-on tips and projects, and listings of local wildlife and native plants, to online experts and discussion boards, and more.  Learn how to Certify your Schoolyard.

Birdhouse Dimension Recommendations      http://www.fb-net.org/birdhouses.htm

Outlines the necessary dimensions and hole sizes for birdhouses designed to suit many different bird species.

Conservation Education     http://www.fs.fed.us/outdoors/nrce/welcome.htm

Curricular Resources: Ecosystem Matters - Activity and Resource Guide for Environmental Educators, Investigating Your Environment- An Activity Book For Grades 6-12, Urban Forestry Laboratory Exercises (For Elementary, Middle, and High School Students, Woodsy Owl Activity Guide (for grades K-3), Tropical Deforestation: Helping Teachers Meet the Challenge, Environmental/Conservation/Forestry related Educational CD's, Bookmarks: Investigating Your Environment-IYE, Urban Forestry Lab. Exercises, Woodsy Owl, Smokey Bear and related publications and web site addresses.

Earth Share http://www.earthshare.com/

Provides information for resources in: action skills, biodiversity, endangered species, energy, forests, habitat protection, pollution, rainforests, urban, waste, water and wildlife.

Environmental Education Link(EE-LINK)   http://eelink.net/

Includes professional resources, class resources, organizations and projects.

ENN Free Daily Environmental News  http://www.enn.com/memberservices/memberregistration.asp

Subscribe to an email list to receive daily environmental news from the Environmental News Network. 

Fantastic Forest (for kids)     www.nationalgeographic.com/forest/

Here you’ll encounter a variety of habitats—places perfectly suited for particular plants and animals. These are important parts of the forest—and our environment. Think of them as pieces of a global jigsaw puzzle.

Forestry Lesson Plans (K-6)      http://www.canfor.com/5000.asp 

The Tree School provides a place for kids, parents and teachers to learn about forestry.

Forest Resource Environmental Education      http://www.freenetwork.org/

Teacher materials include curriculum aids and lesson plans. An all-new Kids' Corner is full of fun facts and things to explore!

Forestry Index      http://www.forestryindex.net/

Provides links for tree identification, conservation education, forest wildlife, etc.                         

Michigan Forests Forever                 www.dsisd.k12.mi.us/mff  

On-line teachers’ guide contains lessons about forests and forestry that are linked to the Michigan Curriculum Framework for science, social studies, math, and English language arts.

National Park Service         http://www.nps.gov/

Contains a Nature Net section that has information on the biology, geology and hydrology of our National Parks. 

National Project for Excellence in Environmental Education     http://eelink.net/~npeee/npeee.html

The NPEEE is taking the lead in establishing guidelines for the development of balanced, scientifically accurate, and comprehensive environmental education programs. 

National Tree Trust       http://www.nationaltreetrust.org/home.htm

Programs designed to educate and involve pre-kindergarten through 6th-grade school children in the growth and planting of trees in their communities

National Wildlife Federation (NWF)     http://www.nwf.org 

Site includes information on the Schoolyard Habitats Program, educator workshops, educator resources, campus ecology, and National Wildlife Week.  Community programs are also included.

Nature Education.com     http://www.cattailcompany.com/

Provides links to educational resources for natural resources and related subjects.

PBS Online     http://www.pbs.org/neighborhoods/nature

Provides information on creatures, habitats, and natural phenomena.

Project Learning Tree (PLT)             http://www.plt.org/

PLT /is an award-winning, interdisciplinary environmental education program for educators working with students in Pre-K through grade 12. PLT helps students gain awareness and knowledge of the natural and built environment, their place within it, as well as their responsibility for it.

Project Wild     http://www.projectwild.org/

Project WILD is one of the most widely used conservation and environmental education programs among educators of students in kindergarten through high school.   Provides information on materials, guidebooks, and educator resources.

Temperate Forest Foundation             http://www.forestinfo.org/

The Temperate Forest Foundation is committed to educating the public about our sustainable forest resources and their effect on people and quality of life.  Provides information and workshops for teachers, plus resources and products. Each summer the Temperate Forest Foundation organizes intensive three-day woods and mill tours (Wed.-Sat.) for Gr. 3-8 science teachers in various regions throughout North America.  There will be a teacher tour out of Escanaba, Michigan from 7-10, August, 2002.  Contact Bill Cook (cookwi@msu.edu) or Eva Rice (erice@up.net) for information, or visit the website for both information and registration:   www.forestinfo.org/Teachers/teachers.htm 

U.P. Tree Identification        http://forestry.msu.edu/uptreeid

 The "leaf-only" identification is a new feature on this U.P. Tree  Identification website.  Many teachers across the U.P. have students assemble leaf collections.  Although using only leaves is not the best way to learn tree identification, an ID key using only leaves has been developed..

USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service           http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/

This site provides information and links for conservation education material for K-12 students.

US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)                    http://www.epa.gov/

The Educational Resources section of this website contains information for kids, students and teachers (Environmental Education Center) on environmental concepts as well as teaching aids.

US Geological Survey (USGS)       http://www.usgs.gov/

Site provides lesson plans and activities for teachers use in the classroom and provides K-12 students with project ideas and homework help.

USGS Learning Web     http://www.usgs.gov/education/

Land and People: finding a balance is an environmental study project that engages high school students in studying ecosystems resource issues. The project focuses on the interaction between people and the environment in three regions on the United States: Cape Cod, Los Angeles, and the Everglades.

US Long-Term Ecological Research Network (LTER)                http://www.lternet.edu/

LTER has a broad-scale, long-term effort to combine scientific research and science education. The Mission of LTER Education is to use the uniqueness of the LTER Network to promote learning about long-term ecological processes and the earth's ecosystems.  Look under Opportunities for Educators.