• Without natural resources we couldn’t survive. Conservation education is vital to ensuring people of all ages understand and appreciate why natural resources like trees, water and animals are important and how to conserve them for future generations. Texas A&M Forest Service strives to educate and inform all Texans on the benefits and conservation of our resources.


    Arbor Day Scavenger Hunt Activity Contest   


     + Educator Resources

    Logo for Texas Project Learning TreeProject Learning Tree is an award-winning environmental education program designed for teachers and other educators. PLT uses the forest as a window into the world, engaging the next generation of America's leaders and decision makers. Find resources and professional development on the Texas PLT website.



    Logo for Tree Trails

    Tree Trails is a project for students, by students, to celebrate trees. Enhance outdoor classrooms at schools, nature centers and public parks by creating an education trail focused on trees. Access lesson modules and the mapping program on the Tree Trails section.


    Logo for Smokey Bear

    As an educator, you can introduce a whole new generation of children to Smokey Bear and his message of Wildfire Prevention. Check out a variety of materials to easily integrate into your curriculum on Smokey Bear’s website.



    Educator Workshops

    Texas Project Learning Tree offers workshops for all grade level educators throughout Texas. Check our calendar or offer to host one at your facility.

    Teacher Conservation Institute is a week-long workshop held in East Texas which uses the forest to teach environmental education.

    Tree Identification

    The Trees of Texas website hosts a wealth of information from tree biology, a tree dictionary to a way to explore Texas Ecoregions


    Envirothon is an intense high school team competition set up to enhance students’ environmental literacy and enable them to make informed decisions regarding the environment.

    Texas Forestry Museum

    Tour the Texas Forestry Museum in Lufkin or participate in grade-level programs correlated to TEKS. They offer traveling trunks that are available for checkout, as well as an extensive video library.

    Natural Inquirer

    The Natural Inquirer is a middle school science education journal created so that scientists can share their research with middle school students. Each article tells about scientific research conducted by scientists in the USDA Forest Service. It is available in both English and Spanish.


     + Connect with Nature


    Now, it's easier than ever to get your family out and connect with nature with one of these exciting programs:

    Texas Nature Challenge


    Logo for Texas Nature Challenge

    The goal of Texas Nature Challenge is to get families and kids outdoors by visiting as many participating parks and nature areas in Texas as they can. At each site, participants complete activity challenges designed for family fun and nature exploration. Travel across Texas or find nature challenges in your area.

    Try out two challenges you can do anytime, anywhere: Tree Time and Tree Search

    Tree Time    Tree Search

    Nature Rocks

    Nature Rocks Logo

    Nature helps make kids healthier happier, and smarter. Nature Rocks Texas helps you find nature-based places, activities and events in your area.

    Logo for Texas Children in Nature

    Texas Children in Nature is a grassroots network working to connect children and families with nature in Texas.


    Discover the Forest


    Visit the Discover the Forest website to get ideas of where to go and what to do in your forest.


     + Posters

    The Trees of Texas Poster

    Texas State Tree - PecanThe colorful Trees of Texas poster walks you through how to identify the state tree of Texas—the pecan tree. For more information on tree identification, visit our Trees of Texas website.


    Tree Cookie Parts

    Tree Cookie

    Print the Tree Cookie Parts mini-poster for your investigation of tree parts using tree cookies. 

     + Activities-To-Go

    Tree Activities

    As part of our Texas Nature Challenge, these tree activity sheets will help you experience and learn more about trees.

    Tree TimeTree Search, Leaf Rainbow

    Tree Time    Tree Search   LeafRainbow


    Forest Benefits Wheel

    Working forests demonstrate a continuous cycle that provides public benefits. Download the wheel, cut out and put it together to explore the benefits of our Texas forests.

      Forest Benefits Wheel


        Dichotomous Key Practice Activity 

        Get started on learning to use a dichotomous key with this practice activity that includes six tree species. After practice with the key, identify several trees at your school or in your community and then create your own dichotomous key for those trees. 



        Smokey Bear Activities

         Flat Smokey        


        Meet Flat Smokey! Color and cut out Smokey Bear and choose one of the adventures below. Download Flat Smokey  (Descagar Flat Smokey en Español.)

        1. Teach a family member Smokey's five rules for fire prevention.  

        2. Write your own story with Smokey and then act out one of the parts of your story.  

        3. With the help of an adult, identify what your family can do around your home to reduce your risk of wildfire. Your parent or guardian may have to help research ideas here: Prepare for Wildfires - Protect Your Home.  

         4. Go for a walk around the neighborhood and enjoy the trees and nature that Smokey Bear helps protect.  

        5. Choose your own adventure!

        Try this Home Adventure Bingo game. 

         Bingo At-Home Adventure


        Wildfire Activities

        Fire Triangle

        Learn about the three things a fire needs to burn with this Fire Triangle activity.

        Embers Intrusion Worksheet                  

        Learn about how to protect your home from wildfires with this Ember Intrusion Checklist and Home Safety Checklist.  

          Kid's Home Checklist

        Test your knowledge of wildfire with this Wildfire Crossword Puzzle

        Wildfire Crossword Puzzle

         + Texas Natural Resource/Environmental Literacy Plan

        The Texas Nature Resource/Environmental Literacy Plan serves as a framework to coordinate efforts of formal and informal educators to provide lifelong opportunities for all Texans to become stewards of our natural resources.

        Texas A&M Forest Service endorses this plan and supports environmental literacy within the six components of the plan.



        • Lifelong Learning and Community Connections
        • Formal Education
        • Informal Education
        • Professional Development
        • Assessment
        • Funding and Support

        The plan is coordinated through the Texas Association for Environmental Education. Find the entire plan on their website.