New Forestry Education Publications from OFRI – and They’re Free

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Into the Forest

OFRI created a 24-page, full-color publication especially for fifth- and sixth-grade students. It provides a grade-appropriate overview of Oregon forests, including forest ecology, tree biology, forest management and forest careers. It explores how we as a society need to balance economic, ecological and social values. Illustrations, puzzles and activities engage student interest.

Into the Forest Teacher’s Guide

A companion to Into the Forest, the teacher’s guide includes additional activities, lesson plans and background information to help teachers go deeper into the material included in the student publication. Created with the help of a team of outdoor education specialists, the guide includes a list of additional resources and is aligned to state educational standards.

Carbon cycle poster

This updated classroom poster illustrates the role of forests and wood products in the carbon cycle. The poster shows the major contributors of carbon into the atmosphere, how forests absorb carbon through photosynthesis, and how wood products such as lumber and furniture continue to store the carbon absorbed by trees.

Inside Oregon’s Forests – a curriculum for high school teachers

Created primarily for agriculture science and technology teachers, Inside Oregon’s Forests includes 12 weeks of lessons covering the history of Oregon forests; tree biology and forest types; the environmental, social and economic importance of forests; forest management; wildfire; and more.

The curriculum comes as a 293-page, spiral-bound book, along with a thumb drive for digital material. The package includes lesson plans, labs and other activities plus a variety of related documents and videos. It was assembled by a professional curriculum writer and conforms to new state standards in math, science and literacy. Biology and environmental science teachers have also expressed interest in using the curriculum.

To order these publications, go to

Via The Oregon Forests Resources Institute