Curriculum Resources

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.

Discover the Finding My Forest Curriculum and other Resources

Finding My Forest

Click here to download the curriculum.

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.

Online learning experiences and citizen science programs:

  • Delve into the Natural Inquirer, a science journal for middle school students, with scientist interviews, research articles, activities, and more: http://www.naturalinquirer.org/
  • Become a weather observer with the all-volunteer Community Collaborative Rain, Hail, and Snow Network (COCORAHS): http://www.cocorahs.org/
  • Share your plant observations with Project BudBurst: http://budburst.ucar.edu/
  • Join an international network of scientists, teachers, and students working together to research our planet: http://globe.gov/, budburst.ucar.edu/
  • Experience the Biomes of the World from the Missouri Botanical Garden: http://www.mbgnet.net/
  • Get to Know nature. Take a virtual hike, participate in a BioBlitz, and discover other programs and best practices for getting youth excited about the outdoors. http://www.gettoknow.ca/

Links to online animal information and field guides:

Links to forest-related career information:

Professional development webinars for educators about forest-related topics:

Forest research from government agencies, nonprofits, and universities:

Join the iForest Network

See who is using the Finding My Forest program right now. Check out the iForest Google Map!

iForest Google Map! Click Here for Instructions

Finding My Forest Toolbox

Find a Forest
Arbor Day Foundation "What Tree is That?"
Where's Woodsy Owl?
Tree Benefits Calculator
"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
US Forest ServiceAd Council