Never before has teaching youth about nature and their local environments been more important than it is today. The threat of climate change, species and habitat loss, invasive plants and pests, decling water and air quality.
Experts cite the loss of outdoor time and a disconnect with nature as serious threats to youth, as well as the future of our forests. No one can argue that
more and more land is being developed for urban and suburban residences, businesses, utilities, and other structures. There are simply less open places to play, fish, hike, and explore. To establish a tradition of forest stewardship for future
generations, it is important to involve young people and provide them with information and an awareness about responsible land management.
The following resources and weblinks are intended for parents, educators, and other adults who are interested in teaching youth about trees and forest stewardship. The goal is to empower all youth, regardless of whether they are
voters, visitors, or landowners, to meet the challenge to sustain our future forests and pass these forests on to their children in better condition than they received them.
Penn State Sustainable Forestry Teachers Resource Center contains lesson plans, “From the Woods” publications and much more.
A Walk in the Woods – a nice virtual tour of a forest that contains resources for youth and educators.
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