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Forestry Resources

For Teachers:

The Oregon Forest Literacy Program includes a forest education conceptual framework and a scope and sequence, which together offer educators guidance for developing curricula and classroom lessons related to forests. It includes examples of service-learning projects that connect to Oregon forests. The program’s built-in flexibility makes it useful for a wide range of applications to increase forest literacy, including classroom instruction.

Landscape diversity in a western Douglas-fir working forest

Landscape diversity in a western Douglas-fir working forest.

Oregon a project of Oregon Forest Resources Institute is an interactive website with videos, maps, tree guides, and a K-12 learning library. Dedicated to public understanding of forest stewardship to meet the social, environmental and economic needs of both present and future generations.

Oregon Forest Resources Institute (OFRI) was created by the Oregon Legislature in 1991 to improve public understanding of the state’s forest resources.

Project Learning Tree (PLT) is a national natural resources curriculum, teaching critical thinking and is offered in Oregon through Oregon State University.  PLT brings thought-provoking, field-tested activities to educators.  The workshops explore the role of trees and forests in our lives.”

Forest Education Initiative (FEI) brings an understanding and appreciation – particularly of the environmental, social, and economic potential of trees, woodlands and forest – to young people. Whether in their homes, schools or in their colleges, FEI encourage all people to use trees, timber and the forest environment for learning, gaining skills within their natural environment.

The Idaho Forest Products Commission (IFPC) was created in 1992 by an act of the Idaho Legislature. The purpose of the Commission is to “promote the economic and environmental welfare of the state by providing a means for the collection and dissemination of information regarding the management of the state’s public and private forest lands and the forest products industry.” IFPC provides a variety of statewide communications activities, educational programs and informational materials to educate specific audiences such as decision makers, educators and students as well as the general public about the need for proper forest management.

A deer walks the fringe of a managed forest.

A deer walks the fringe of a managed forest.

The Conservation Education program (CE) helps people of all ages understand and appreciated our country’s natural resources and how to conserve those resources for future generations.  Through structured educational experiences and activities targeted to varying age groups and populations, CE enables people to realize how natural resources and ecosystems affect each other and how resources can be used wisely.

Family Forestry Expo is an annual, week long forest use education and forest management education program, sponsored and created by a diversified group of organizations including: local service groups, resource users, professional societies, government agencies, conservation groups, forest industry, local businesses, and interested individuals. The goal of this program is to educate local area students and families on the many issues of forest use and forest management.

The Temperate Forest Foundation is committed to educating the public about our sustainable forest resources and their effect to people and quality of life.  Teacher’s tours, education kits and publications available to introduce teachers to the world of forestry and offer them teaching tools for the classroom.

Forests Forever – The Tree  House is the Forests Forever education and games centre for teachers and students.

The World Forestry Center is a non-profit educational institution based in Washington Park, Portland. WFC operates three programs: The World Forest Institute, the Magness Memorial Tree Farm, a demonstration forest and outdoor education site, and the Forest Discovery Center museum.

An Oregon Department of Forestry forester talks with an east-side forest landowner

An Oregon Department of Forestry forester talks with an east-side forest landowner

Forests Today and Forever (FT&F) educational outreach program is called Forest Field Day. This program covers it all — identifying and inventory of resources, zoning laws and regulations, inheritance tax, development costs, long range planning, economics and negotiation skills.

TAPPI is the leading technical association for the worldwide pulp, paper, and converting industry.  Paper University offers teachers and students fun, educational opportunities to explore the world of paper.


For Students:

The Idaho Forest Products Commission (IFPC)  Cool Stuff For Kids

The Conservation Education program (CE) An electronic trip to the forest and other activites for students.