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College of Agriculture & Natural Resources

Youth and Forestry

Below are great resources for youth and educators related to forest and natural resources.

Resources for those thinking about forestry as a career:

Natural Resources Careers Camp (NRCC)
Maryland's Forest Conservancy District Boards

http://www.marylandforestryboards.org/nrcc.cfm

MD Association of Forest Conservancy District Boards

Careers in Forestry and Natural Resources
National Science Foundation

http://www.forestrycareers.org/index.htm
National Science Foundation

Resources for Students
Society of American Foresters

http://www.safnet.org/fs/careers.cfm
Society of American Foresters

Getting Started in Forestry
Society of American Foresters

http://www.safnet.org/fs/getting_started.cfm

Activities in Forestry

Maryland 4-H
http://www.maryland4h.org

Some other useful 4-H links: 

4-H Forestry Invitational

4-H Wildlife Judging Invitational

4-H Shooting Sports

4-H Sportfishing

4-H

Natural Resources Careers Camp (NRCC)
Maryland's Forest Conservancy District Boards

http://www.marylandforestryboards.org/nrcc.cfm

 MD Association of Forest Conservancy District Boards

MD Forest Service Junior Ranger Patch Program

Maryland Department of Natural Resources Forest Service
http://www.dnr.state.md.us/forests/download/patch_program.pdf

 

How to Measure a Tree
Maryland Department of Natural Resources Forest Service

http://www.dnr.state.md.us/forests/kids/bigtrees.html

      MD Dept. of Natural Resources Forest Service

Family Activities

American Tree Farm System

http://www.treefarmsystem.org/family-activities

Project Learning Tree is an award-winning, interdisciplinary environmental education program for educators working with students in Pre-K through grade 12. PLT helps students gain awareness and knowledge of the natural and built environment, their place within it, as well as their responsibility for it. PLT is a network of 3,000 grassroots volunteers and over 100 state coordinators that work in conjunction with teachers, schools, state agencies, foresters, businesses and civic organizations, museums, nature centers, and youth groups to provide workshops and in-service programs. PLT is administered nationally by the American Forest Foundation with the Council for Environmental Education. The Maryland Department of Natural Resources Forest Service is the state coordinator for this program.

Project WILD is one of the most widely used conservation and environmental education programs among educators of students in kindergarten through high school. Project WILD is based on the premise that young people and educators have a vital interest in learning about our natural world. The program emphasizes wildlife--because of its intrinsic and ecological values, as well as its importance as a basis for teaching how ecosystems function. In the face of competing needs and pressures affecting the quality and sustainability of life on earth, Project WILD addresses the need for human beings to develop as responsible citizens of our planet. The Maryland Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Division is the state coordinator for this program.

 

Maryland and US Forestry Information

Big tree!Big Tree Champions in Maryland
Maryland Forest Concervancy District Boards
http://www.marylandforestryboards.org/big_tree.cfm 

Forest Service History
Maryland Department of Natural Resources Forest Service
http://www.dnr.state.md.us/forests/aghistory.asp

Maryland Forest Facts
Maryland Department of Natural Resources Forest Service
http://www.dnr.state.md.us/forests/forester/mdfacts.asp

 

Online Games

Name That Tree
Maryland Department of Natural Resources Forest Service
http://www.dnr.state.md.us/forests/forests/kidzone/

Nature ExploreNature Explore Online Games
Arbor Day Foundation
http://www.natureexplore.org/

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