Getting into nature with your students has never been easier! There are myriad possibilities right outside your door. Explore all of the ways you can safely and effortlessly experience the forest.
Before enjoying time in nature with your students, review these helpful tips for being safe and creating a minimal impact on the land:
Tread Lightly, and Tread Lightly kids offer information about how to safely participate in all kinds of outdoor activities while leaving a minimal impact on the land. The sites include packing lists, environmental awareness tips, and first-aid and safety ideas.
You might also want to read up on plants and animals to watch out for in your area:
DiscoverTheForest.org has a wealth of resources to take you and your students far beyond the curriculum and into the forest. Targeted at children and their families, the site’s main page offers ideas for Where To Go, What to Do, and Why. A smaller “Parent Information” signpost takes adults to their own section, which highlights how easy it is to get to the forest, why it’s so beneficial, and offers some great conservation programs families can take part in.
Encourage your students and their families to visit the site on their own, and take a “virtual hike” through it yourself. There’s a lot of cool stuff to see and do in nature … and on DiscoverTheForest.org!
See who is using the Finding My Forest program right now. Check out the iForest Google Map!
"A nation that destroys its soils destroys itself. Forests are the lungs of our land, purifying the air and giving fresh strength to our people."
— Franklin D. Roosevelt