Student Scientists Present Research at Coweeta Laboratory

At the U.S. Forest Service Coweeta Hydrologic Laboratory (Coweeta) in Otto, North Carolina, scientists investigate patterns of weather and climate and the impact that climate change is having on southeastern forests. Recently, 50 fifth graders from the nearby Macon County Mountain View Intermediate (MVI) School presented their own weather research projects at the laboratory, which…  More 

Forest Service Scientist Makes Tracks with Science Sprouts

The first week of November found U.S. Forest Service scientist Bill Hargrove  making tracks through the Colburn Earth Science Museum in downtown Asheville, North Carolina. Dinosaur tracks, that is, and he wasn’t the only one making them. Hargrove, research ecologist with the Eastern Forest Environmental Threat Assessment Center, led seven second-grade Science Sprouts on a…  More 

Forest Service Helps School Enhance Environmental Education Project

The U.S. Forest Service Southern Research Station (SRS) recently awarded $23,000 in grant funds to help develop an Outdoor Environmental Classroom at Carpenters Elementary School in Blount County, Tennessee. The environmental classroom is a16-acre tract adjacent to the school that volunteers began to transform into an outdoor environmental learning area five years ago. James (J.T.)…  More 

Environmental Education on the National Forest in Georgia

In 2010, the Obama Administration launched the America’s Great Outdoors Initiative to conserve public lands and promote outdoor recreation. It also encourages community-based recreation programs to engage people where they live, learn, and play. Along similar lines, the U.S. Forest Service has a Kids in the Woods program to support youth nature programs. Recently the…  More 

Young Scientists Find Nature in their Own Backyards

“That’s a tufted titmouse,” says one of Sara Charbonnet’s students, looking through his binoculars at one of the bird-feeding stations in Loblolly Woods Nature Park in Gainesville, Florida. In the classroom, the sixth-grader has trouble staying focused, but that all changes when he is outside. “He considers himself a scientist now. Some of the kids…  More 

The 7th Annual Kent House Bug Day

“Yuck! You want me to eat what?!” turned into “Why, that’s pretty good! I can’t even tell that’s an insect,” at the recent Kent House Bug Day held in Alexandria, Louisiana.  For the past 7 years, the U.S. Forest Service Southern Research Station Insects, Diseases, and Invasive Plants unit has partnered with the Kent House…  More 

Kids Enjoy Learning at the Crossett

Pirates, beavers, and eagles recently descended on the Crossett Experimental Forest. These are the names of the school mascots for the more than 150 students from Lakeside, Drew Central, and Crossett high schools in Arkansas who showed up for a day of hands-on forestry learning brought to them by faculty and staff from the U.S. Forest Service…  More 

Learning About Climate Change Can be Fun

On May 6, students from the Schenck Job Corps Center in Pisgah, North Carolina, traveled up the mountain  from their center to test drive a new climate change exhibit at the Cradle of Forestry, the birthplace of forestry and forest conservation located in the Pisgah National Forest. Designed and installed by the U.S. Forest Service Southern…  More 

Old Microscope Sparks New Idea for Kids’ Science Club

When he was a child, U.S. Forest Service scientist Bill Hargrove burnt off his eyebrows making rocket fuel, blew up a sealed jar of cultured yeast, and started a bathroom fire while doing sterile transfers for a carrot tissue culture. Fortunately, he survived his early scientific experiments and is now inspiring a new generation of…  More 

The Time My Dad Took My Class on a Hike in the Woods

On Friday, May 17, Forest Service research soil scientist Andy Scott took Ann Iott’s first grade class on a nature hike to talk about forestry, soil, and anything else the kids wanted to discuss along the newly created Bradford Creek Greenway behind Heritage Elementary School in Madison, AL. Scott’s seven-year-old son Noah told the following story…  More