Connect your students to your local forest(s). Engage
them as citizen scientists. Inspire them to spend time in
natural spaces. Empower them to help conserve this
land for future generations.
Whether you are a classroom teacher or an outdoor educator, Finding My Forest will fit into your curriculum and your schedule. The interdisciplinary lessons are designed to easily integrate into 3rd through 8th grade curricula and connect with diverse learning styles. All lessons have a Science and Environmental Education focus and incorporate other subject areas:
English Language Arts: Lessons 1, 2, 3, 4
Math: Lessons 2, 3
Music/Art: Lessons 1, 4
Social Studies: Lessons 3, 4
Each lesson has Wonder, Discover, Act, and Connect components that engage your students in “showing what they know.” The lessons are easy to teach, and include Advance Prep sections and Helpful Resources to make the most out of each one.
National Standards & 21st Century Outcomes
Each lesson is aligned with Grade 4 and Grade 8 benchmarks of the North American Association for Environmental Education’s (NAAEE) Excellence in Environmental Education—Guidelines for Learning (Pre K-12). The NAAEE Guidelines are indexed with national standards for Arts, Civics and Government, Economics, English Language Arts, Geography, History, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies. See the full text of the standards, indexed by lesson. Click here to view the standards grid PDF.
We also highlight how each lesson meets the themes and skills identified as 21st Century Student Outcomes by The Partnership for 21st Century Skills. See the full text of the outcomes, indexed by lesson. Click here to view the Outcomes grid PDF.
See who is using the Finding My Forest program right now. Check out the iForest Google Map!
"In my deepest troubles, I frequently would wrench myself from the persons around me and retire to some secluded part of our noble forests."
— John James Audubon