New Native Plants Resource for Teachers

A plant module developed in partnership by the U.S. Forest Service Southern Research Station and the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians is now available online for teachers to download and use with K-12 students. The module integrates current science-based knowledge with the traditional knowledge passed down from generation to generation of Cherokee. Partners from the…  More 

Recruiting the Next Generation of Leaders

On January 9 and 10, deans, department chairs, and career services coordinators from 12 southeastern universities gathered at the U.S. Forest Service Southern Research Station (SRS) in Asheville, NC. They were joined by executives, researchers, foresters, human resources professionals, and others from SRS and the Southern Region. The purpose of the meeting was to share…  More 

SEEDS for the Future

During April 13-16, 2016, scientists and staff at the U.S. Forest Service Coweeta Hydrologic Laboratory hosted the Strategies for Ecological Education and Diversity (SEEDS) 11th annual leadership meeting. An award-winning program of the Ecological Society of America (ESA), SEEDS focuses on students at the undergraduate level, with the mission to diversify and advance the ecology profession…  More 

Teaching Cherokee Indian Youth about Culturally Important Plants

The U.S. Forest Service Southern Research Station (SRS) and the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (EBCI) recently partnered to develop learning modules for children attending EBCI’s Snowbird Youth Center in Robbinsville, North Carolina. The youth center is part of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Cherokee. The plant module is the first learning module developed, and…  More 

U.S. Forest Service & the University of Texas at San Antonio

A recent agreement between the U.S. Forest Service Southern Research Station (SRS) and the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) will provide funding to support the newly established Educating Youth in Environmental Science Program (EYES). SRS is contributing $24,000 towards the program, which will provide environmental learning opportunities for children in San Antonio, Texas. Ultimately, the…  More 

Planting Promise for Hemlocks

On August 3, 15 young volunteers and U.S. Forest Service researchers worked in the hot sun at the Bent Creek Experimental Forest near Asheville, North Carolina, planting eastern hemlock tree seedlings for a biocontrol insectary. Participants from Boy Scout Troop 91 were joined by friends and classmates from area schools and two parents in planting 88…  More 

SRS Sponsors Awards for Future Scientists

Potential future Forest Service scientists participated in this year’s Georgia Science and Engineering Fair, where the U.S. Forest Service Southern Research Station (SRS) Integrating Human and Natural Systems unit sponsored the  Integrating the Social and Physical/Biological Sciences awards group. More than 700 students took part in this year’s fair. The science fair is a good cross section…  More 

Forest Service Funded Outdoor Classroom Recognized by Tennessee Wildlife Federation

Just steps away from their school, 1,400 students and their teachers at Carpenters Elementary can hunt for crayfish, listen to birds sing, identify trees, and gather plants. Helping children learn about the forest and the importance of natural areas is the premise behind the development of a 16-acre outdoor classroom next to the school in…  More 

Project Learning Tree Greenworks!

Project Learning Tree (PLT) recently awarded the Littlewood Elementary School in Gainesville, Florida, a GreenWorks! grant to develop an outdoor classroom that includes elements to attract and learn about birds. GreenWorks! is the service-learning component of PLT that provides grants to PLT-trained educators for students to implement environmental improvement projects. By blending community service with the academic…  More 

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