Forestry For Kids

Connecting kids with nature has many benefits for their development. It helps children get exercise, improves their mood, and even strengthens their immune system. Read about the Health Benefits and Tips by the National Wildlife Federation.

Visit the resources below for ways to get your family involved in forestry.

4-H

Many kids today participate in 4-H to develop leadership skills and help their community, but did you know that 4-H also allows kids to gain leadership experience in Forestry?

NatureWatch

NatureWatch provides families with resources for interacting with nature in our National Public Lands. These include classroom activities, smartphone apps, videos, and more.

Project Learning Tree

Project Learning Tree provides a curriculum aligned with state and national academic standards that encourage kids to be good environmental stewards.

Every Kid in a Park

This U.S. program provides free park passes to 4th grade students to encourage them and their families to visit their national public lands.

Purdue Extension

Purdue Extensions provides news and curriculum covering Indiana Environmental hot topics including: invasive species, wildlife, forestry, entomology, and more.

Discover the Forest

A US Forest Service initiative to help families find the nearest park or trail. They also provide activities and tips that help families learn while they explore.

Woodsy Owl

A US Forest Service character that encourages good stewardship. This site has many Woodsy Owl themed activities and coloring pages, focusing specifically on reducing, reusing, recycling, and rot.

Teen and Junior IN Master Naturalist

Indiana Master Naturalist provides a version of their courses for ages 9-12 and 13-17. This program teaches kids and teens about natural resources and provides volunteer opportunities in local natural resource agencies.

Indiana Interactive Treasure Map

Indiana DNR provides an online interactive map of Indiana’s natural treasures. Exploring the map leads families to activities and places to visit in Indiana.