Resources for Educators

Classroom Resources from VDOF

  • Common Native Shrubs and Woody Vines of Virginia Identification Guide Book – 08/2014
    • Download For Free: [ single page format (120 pp): PDF format | 2-page format (61 pp): PDF format ]
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  • Common Native Trees of Virginia Identification Guide Book – 07/2009
    • Download For Free: [ single page format (132 pp): PDF format | 2-page format (67 pp): PDF format ]
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    • Tax-exempt Orders: (*must submit tax exemption form with order)
  • Virginia Forest Cover Types Lesson Plans – 01/2017 [Word format]
    • In this lesson series, middle school and high school students will explore the forest types in their area and across the state. They will gain an understanding of how climate, soils and human actions influence the forest. They will observe how forests in Virginia have changed and continue to change over time. They will learn about threats to forests and address the challenges involved in managing and maintaining them. The lessons incorporate small group work, field data collection, computer applications and discussion. The components included are: overview; map of major Virginia forest cover types; background information with forest type descriptions; eight (8) lesson plans with SOL references, discussion questions and other resources; glossary, and photos from major Virginia forest types.
  • Forestry glossary
  • Virtual Reality Forest Tour - of our forests! QuickTime and slide show format.
  • Teaching tools from the Society of American Foresters - http://www.safnet.org/education/educators.cfm

State Forest Tree Trunks

State Forest Tree Trunks make field trips to a State Forest fun and educational. The trunks contain materials and lesson plans relevant to State Forests, but most of the activities could be used on any forested area. Educators – from school teachers to youth group leaders – can preview the lesson plans on this web site and borrow a Tree Trunk to enhance their field trip experience.

Locations and How to Borrow:Tree Trunks may be checked out free of charge for use on the following State Forests, or areas nearby. (Other forests may be added in the near future.)

Tree Trunk Lesson Plans: Educators are encouraged to preview or download forest information and lesson plans prior to planning a trip. (These can also be found in the notebook in each Tree Trunk.) The activities in the Tree Trunks encourage student interaction and inquiry about many aspects of the forest.

Project Learning Tree

Forest Education links

Other Resources

  • Project WET Water Education for Teachers.
  • Project Wild wildlife-related activities for many educational settings.

Last modified: Tuesday, 10-Jan-2017 15:19:33 EST