Resources for Educators
Classroom resources from VDOF
- Forest Facts learning pages and puzzles
- Common Native Trees of Virginia book (English; PDF format).
- Forestry glossary
- Virtual Reality Forest Tour - of our forests! QuickTime and slide show format.
- Teaching tools from the Society of American Foresters - http://www.safnet.org/education/educators.cfm
State Forest Tree Trunks
State Forest Tree Trunks make field trips to a State Forest fun and educational. The trunks contain materials and lesson plans relevant to State Forests, but most of the activities could be used on any forested area. Educators – from school teachers to youth group leaders – can preview the lesson plans on this web site and borrow a Tree Trunk to enhance their field trip experience.
Locations and How to Borrow:Tree Trunks may be checked out free of charge for use on the following State Forests, or areas nearby. (Other forests may be added in the near future.)
- Appomattox-Buckingham State Forest (Appomattox and Buckingham counties) - Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with “Appomattox-Buckingham” in the subject line.
- Cumberland State Forest (Cumberland County) - Contact email@example.com with “Cumberland” in the subject line.
- Prince-Edward-Gallion State Forest (Prince Edward County, south of Farmville) - Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with “Prince Edward- Gallion” in the subject line.
- Conway Robinson (Prince William County, near Gainesville) – Contact email@example.com with “Conway Robinson” in the subject line.
- Matthews State Forest (Carroll County, near Galax) - Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with “Matthews” in the subject line.
- Whitney State Forest (Fauquier County, near Warrenton) - Contact email@example.com with “Whitney” in the subject line.
- Zoar State Forest (King William County, near Aylett) - Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with “Zoar” in the subject line.
Tree Trunk Lesson Plans: Educators are encouraged to preview or download forest information and lesson plans prior to planning a trip. (These can also be found in the notebook in each Tree Trunk.) The activities in the Tree Trunks encourage student interaction and inquiry about many aspects of the forest.
- Tree Trunk Activity Overview
- Forest Sense – grades K-12
- ID That Tree – grades 4-12. Tree keys: Central VA State Forests | Conway Robinson | Matthews | Whitney | Zoar |
- A Tree for Me – grades K-5
- Plots and Plans – grades 6-12
- Measuring Up – grades 6-12
- Could I Live Here? – grades 3-7
- Trees in Trouble – grades 3-8 (not available online; activity # 77 from Project Learning Tree PreK-8 guide, page 332)
- The Future Forest? - Grades 6-12
- Pests Gone Wild – Grades 6-12
- Success(ion) Stories
Project Learning Tree
Forest education links
- Forestry OutReach Site (FORSite) - a forestry educational site for Virginia schools.
- 4-H Virtual Forest Tour
- 4-H forestry materials
- Virginia Big Tree Program
- U.S. Forest Service conservation education.
- Virginia Naturally Visit Virginia's Environmental Education Initiative.
- Wildfire prevention training
- F.R.E.E. - Forest Resource Environmental Education. This site is for teachers and students at all grade levels who want to learn more about forests and the management of forests.
- Life of the Forest International Paper website offers posters and educational materials.
- Wood Magic
- Forestry Images
- Project WET Water Education for Teachers.
- Project Wild wildlife-related activities for many educational settings.
Last modified: Monday, 11-Mar-2013 10:56:27 EDT