Education and Recreation

Ensuring a bright future for Virginia’s forests begins with educating our community members, young and old. The Virginia Department of Forestry (VDOF) creates and uses a variety of conservation education resources for both children and adults – from publications and exhibits, to hands-on activities and workshops. Field staff deliver programming throughout the state to improve knowledge of forest ecosystems, forest resources, and forestry practices.

Getting children outdoors is key to helping them develop an appreciation for and awareness of the environment. Project Learning Tree® (PLT) supplies formal and non-formal PreK-12 educators with high-quality lesson plans and resources for nature-based learning. VDOF collaborates with partners to offer adult education programs, including landowner workshops and technical demonstrations.

Virginia’s State Forest system encompasses forestland in all regions of the state, with vastly differing landscapes. State forests are managed for multiple objectives, including forest management demonstrations, wildlife habitat conservation, and outdoor recreation.

State forests provide excellent opportunities to get outdoors and explore Virginia’s forests. Whether you are interested in fishing, birdwatching, horseback riding, or just want to spend time in the woods, there is a Virginia State Forest that meets your needs.

All of Virginia’s State Forests are sustainably managed to provide the greatest benefits to Virginians; they are self-sustaining and do not receive taxpayer funding. However, you can support educational programs on your State Forests by donating a portion of your state tax refund to Virginia’s State Forests Fund.



Education and Recreation Resources

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A Tree for Me
A Tree for Me

Get to know details about a single tree.

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Acorn Identification
Acorn Identification

Information sheet provides descriptions of various species of acorns with links to detailed species information.

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Appomattox-Buckingham State Forest Recreation and Trails Map
Appomattox-Buckingham State Forest Recreation and Trails MapP00171

Map introduces recreation and trails, including trail segments, descriptions and distances, located on the Appomattox-Buckingham State Forest in Appomattox and Buckingham counties.

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Bark Types
Bark Types

Pictoral sheet showing the types of bark with photo samples of each.

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Basic Tree Identification
Basic Tree Identification

By Ellen Powell, Conservation Education Coordinator – Presentation reviews the basics of tree identification.

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Big Woods State Forest - General Map
Big Woods State Forest – General Map

General map of Big Woods State Forest. To ensure your safety and enjoyment, please read Before You Visit when planning your trip to a state forest. Download or print this state forest map – many state forests are remote with limited cell phone service. These maps will work with Avenza Maps™, a mobile map app that allows you to track your movements offline on your iOS and Android device without the need for cell service or internet connection. A free version of this app can be downloaded to your device through your app store.

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Big Woods State Forest - Hunting Map
Big Woods State Forest – Hunting Map

Hunting map of Big Woods State Forest. To ensure your safety and enjoyment, please read Before You Visit when planning your trip to a state forest. Download or print this state forest map – many state forests are remote with limited cell phone service. These maps will work with Avenza Maps™, a mobile map app that allows you to track your movements offline on your iOS and Android device without the need for cell service or internet connection. A free version of this app can be downloaded to your device through your app store.

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Browne State Forest - General Map
Browne State Forest – General Map

General map of Browne State Forest. To ensure your safety and enjoyment, please read Before You Visit when planning your trip to a state forest. Download or print this state forest map – many state forests are remote with limited cell phone service. These maps will work with Avenza Maps™, a mobile map app that allows you to track your movements offline on your iOS and Android device without the need for cell service or internet connection. A free version of this app can be downloaded to your device through your app store.

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Browne State Forest - Hunters Map
Browne State Forest – Hunters Map

Hunting map of Browne State Forest. To ensure your safety and enjoyment, please read Before You Visit when planning your trip to a state forest. Download or print this state forest map – many state forests are remote with limited cell phone service. These maps will work with Avenza Maps™, a mobile map app that allows you to track your movements offline on your iOS and Android device without the need for cell service or internet connection. A free version of this app can be downloaded to your device through your app store.

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Camp Wood and Wildlife 2019 Camper Slideshow
Camp Wood and Wildlife 2019 Camper Slideshow

PowerPoint presentation of the camper slideshow for 2019 Camp Woods and Wildlife. (Warning – large file)

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Camp Woods & Wildlife Nomination Form
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Camp Woods & Wildlife Nomination Form
Camp Woods & Wildlife Nomination Form13.05

PDF format

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Camp Woods and Wildlife Annual Report 2019
Camp Woods and Wildlife Annual Report 2019

Report is published each year following camp and provides the highlights of camp, staff, programs, sponsors, budget summary and announcement of dates for the following year’s camp.

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Camp Woods and Wildlife Frequently Asked Questions
Camp Woods and Wildlife Frequently Asked Questions

Information sheet of the most frequently asked questions about Camp Woods and Wildlife.

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Camp Woods and Wildlife Postcard Advertising Camp
Camp Woods and Wildlife Postcard Advertising Camp

Camp Woods and Wildlife is typically held each year, normally in June. Printed copies available.

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Chesterfield State Forest - General Map
Chesterfield State Forest – General Map

General map of Chesterfield State Forest. To ensure your safety and enjoyment, please read Before You Visit when planning your trip to a state forest. Download or print this state forest map – many state forests are remote with limited cell phone service. These maps will work with Avenza Maps™, a mobile map app that allows you to track your movements offline on your iOS and Android device without the need for cell service or internet connection. A free version of this app can be downloaded to your device through your app store.

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Chilton Woods State Forest - General Map
Chilton Woods State Forest – General Map

General map of Chilton Woods State Forest. To ensure your safety and enjoyment, please read Before You Visit when planning your trip to a state forest. Download or print this state forest map – many state forests are remote with limited cell phone service. These maps will work with Avenza Maps™, a mobile map app that allows you to track your movements offline on your iOS and Android device without the need for cell service or internet connection. A free version of this app can be downloaded to your device through your app store.

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Chilton Woods State Forest - Hunting Map
Chilton Woods State Forest – Hunting Map

Hunting map of Chilton Woods State Forest. To ensure your safety and enjoyment, please read Before You Visit when planning your trip to a state forest. Download or print this state forest map – many state forests are remote with limited cell phone service. These maps will work with Avenza Maps™, a mobile map app that allows you to track your movements offline on your iOS and Android device without the need for cell service or internet connection. A free version of this app can be downloaded to your device through your app store.

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Common Native Shrubs and Woody Vines of Virginia
Common Native Shrubs and Woody Vines of VirginiaP00027

Identification book is a favorite of teachers, Scout leaders and outdoor enthusiasts. Book features descriptions, line drawings and an identification key to the most common native Virginia shrubs and woody vines. It also contains hints for effective plant identification, invasive species threats, and more. Printed copies available for sale.

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Common Native Shrubs and Woody Vines of Virginia (2-page-spread)
Common Native Shrubs and Woody Vines of Virginia (2-page-spread)P00027

Identification book is a favorite of teachers, Scout leaders and outdoor enthusiasts. Book features descriptions, line drawings and an identification key to the most common native Virginia shrubs and woody vines. It also contains hints for effective plant identification, invasive species threats, and more. Printed copies available for sale.

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Common Native Trees of Virginia
Common Native Trees of VirginiaP00026

Identification book is a favorite of teachers, Scout leaders and outdoor enthusiasts. Book features descriptions, line drawings, and an identification key to the most common native Virginia trees. It also contains hints for effective shrub identification, invasive species threats, and more. Printed copies available for sale.

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Common Native Trees of Virginia (2-page spreads)
Common Native Trees of Virginia (2-page spreads)P00026

Identification book is a favorite of teachers, Scout leaders and outdoor enthusiasts. Book features descriptions, line drawings, and an identification key to the most common native Virginia trees. It also contains hints for effective shrub identification, invasive species threats, and more. Printed copies available for sale.

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Could I Live Here?
Could I Live Here?

Explore wildlife habitat requirements on the forest.

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Crawfords State Forest - General Map
Crawfords State Forest – General Map

General map of Crawfords State Forest. To ensure your safety and enjoyment, please read Before You Visit when planning your trip to a state forest. Download or print this state forest map – many state forests are remote with limited cell phone service. These maps will work with Avenza Maps™, a mobile map app that allows you to track your movements offline on your iOS and Android device without the need for cell service or internet connection. A free version of this app can be downloaded to your device through your app store.

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Cumberland State Forest Recreation and Trails Map
Cumberland State Forest Recreation and Trails MapP00170

Map introduces recreation and trails, including trail segments, descriptions and distances, located on the Cumberland State Forest in Cumberland County.

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Dragon Run State Forest - General Map
Dragon Run State Forest – General Map

General map of Dragon Run State Forest. To ensure your safety and enjoyment, please read Before You Visit when planning your trip to a state forest. Download or print this state forest map – many state forests are remote with limited cell phone service. These maps will work with Avenza Maps™, a mobile map app that allows you to track your movements offline on your iOS and Android device without the need for cell service or internet connection. A free version of this app can be downloaded to your device through your app store.

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Dragon Run State Forest - Hunting Map
Dragon Run State Forest – Hunting Map

Hunting map of Dragon Run State Forest. To ensure your safety and enjoyment, please read Before You Visit when planning your trip to a state forest. Download or print this state forest map – many state forests are remote with limited cell phone service. These maps will work with Avenza Maps™, a mobile map app that allows you to track your movements offline on your iOS and Android device without the need for cell service or internet connection. A free version of this app can be downloaded to your device through your app store.

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Enjoy Nature Near You in Fall
Enjoy Nature Near You in FallF00003

Family fun activity sheet provides activities to get young people outdoors in nature, including leaf art, find it, family tree, treasure box, and staying safe when out in nature during fall. Target audience: Youth – elementary age. Printed copies available.

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Enjoy Nature Near You in Spring
Enjoy Nature Near You in SpringF00001

Family fun activity sheet provides activities to get young people outdoors in nature, including paint by nature, where does water go, family tree, bird nest building, and staying safe when out in nature during spring. Target audience: Youth – elementary age. Printed copies available.

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Enjoy Nature Near You in Summer
Enjoy Nature Near You in SummerF00002

Family fun activity sheet provides activities to get young people outdoors in nature, including color walk, butterfly feeder, family tree, quiet time, and staying safe when out in nature during summer. Target audience: Youth – elementary age. Printed copies available.

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Enjoy Nature Near You in Winter
Enjoy Nature Near You in WinterF00004

Family fun activity sheet provides activities to get young people outdoors in nature, including bird cookies, feeder watching, family tree, bark rubbings, and staying safe when out in nature during winter. Target audience: Youth – elementary age. Printed copies available.

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Environmental Education Activities to Do at Home from Virginia Department of Forestry and Project Learning Tree
Environmental Education Activities to Do at Home from Virginia Department of Forestry and Project Learning Tree

Listing of environmental education activities to do at home.

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Farm Life 360
Farm Life 360

Video provides a 360° forestry experience on a timber harvest. Read the Fact Sheet or do the Activity Suggestion: Create a Tree.

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First Mountain State Forest - General Map
First Mountain State Forest – General Map

General map of First Mountain State Forest. To ensure your safety and enjoyment, please read Before You Visit when planning your trip to a state forest. Download or print this state forest map – many state forests are remote with limited cell phone service. These maps will work with Avenza Maps™, a mobile map app that allows you to track your movements offline on your iOS and Android device without the need for cell service or internet connection. A free version of this app can be downloaded to your device through your app store.

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First Mountain State Forest - Hunting Map
First Mountain State Forest – Hunting Map

Hunting map of First Mountain State Forest. To ensure your safety and enjoyment, please read Before You Visit when planning your trip to a state forest. Download or print this state forest map – many state forests are remote with limited cell phone service. These maps will work with Avenza Maps™, a mobile map app that allows you to track your movements offline on your iOS and Android device without the need for cell service or internet connection. A free version of this app can be downloaded to your device through your app store.

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Forest Facts: Forestry in Virginia
Forest Facts: Forestry in VirginiaF00010

Forest facts information sheet provides an illustrated overview of forestry in Virginia, what is forestry, how does forestry help Virginia, what are working forests and why do we need them, what does a forester do, why do we cut down trees, will we run out of trees, and what can I do to help save our forests. Target audience: Youth – elementary age. Printed copies available.

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Forest Facts: Forestry in Virginia - Crossword Puzzle
Forest Facts: Forestry in Virginia – Crossword PuzzleF00010A

Crossword puzzle tests knowledge learned from the Forest facts Forestry in Virignia publication.

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Forest Facts: How A Tree Grows
Forest Facts: How A Tree GrowsF00005

Forest facts information sheet provides an illustrated explanation of how a tree grows, including starting from a seed; how trees grow up, down and out; and tree rings. Target audience: Youth – elementary age. Printed copies available.

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Forest Facts: How A Tree Grows - Crossword Puzzle
Forest Facts: How A Tree Grows – Crossword PuzzleF00005A

Crossword puzzle tests knowledge learned from the Forest facts How a Tree Grows publication.

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Forest Facts: Identifying Trees
Forest Facts: Identifying TreesF00008

Forest facts information sheet provides an illustrated explanation of the key methods for identifying tree species, what defines a tree, identifying features, leaf characteristics, bark characteristics, and other tips for identifying trees. Target audience: Youth – elementary age. Printed copies available.

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Forest Facts: Identifying Trees - Crossword Puzzle
Forest Facts: Identifying Trees – Crossword PuzzleF00008A

Crossword puzzle tests knowledge learned from the Forest facts Identifying Trees publication.

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Forest Facts: Trees and Wildlife
Forest Facts: Trees and WildlifeF00012

Forest facts information sheet provides an illustrated explanation of the importance of trees to wildlife, how trees provide home sweet habitat, how to improve wildlife habitat at home, and how the wildlife changes as the forest changes through forest succession. Target audience: Youth – elementary age Printed copies available.

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Forest Facts: Trees and Wildlife - Crossword Puzzle
Forest Facts: Trees and Wildlife – Crossword PuzzleF00012A

Crossword puzzle tests knowledge learned from the Forest facts Trees and Wildlife publication.

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Forest Facts: Trees Protect Water
Forest Facts: Trees Protect WaterF00007

Forest facts information sheet provides an illustrated explanation of how trees help to protect our water, understand a tree’s relationship to the land and water, understanding watersheds, the Chesapeake Bay watershed, how trees protect watersheds, the riparian zone, and how you can help by planting trees. Target audience: Youth – elementary age. Printed copies available.

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Forest Facts: Trees Protect Water - Crossword Puzzle
Forest Facts: Trees Protect Water – Crossword PuzzleF00007A

Crossword puzzle tests knowledge learned from the Forest facts Trees Protect Water publication.

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Forest Facts: Virginia in the Fall
Forest Facts: Virginia in the FallF00009

Forest facts information sheet provides an illustrated explanation of the science of leaves changing colors, the role of pigments, effects of the calendar and weather, why these changes occur, and fall leaf identification information. Target audience: Youth – elementary age. Printed copies available.

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Forest Facts: Virginia in the Fall - Crossword Puzzle
Forest Facts: Virginia in the Fall – Crossword PuzzleF00009A

Crossword puzzle tests knowledge learned from the Forest facts Virginia in the Fall publication.

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Forest Facts: Virginia's Alien Invaders
Forest Facts: Virginia’s Alien InvadersF00011

Forest facts information sheet provides an illustrator explanation of non-native insects and plants, including how a definition of native or non-native, upsetting the balance, how they spread, how we can stop them, and Virginia’s least wanted species. Target audience: Youth – elementary age. Printed copies available.

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Forest Facts: Virginia's Alien Invaders Crossword Puzzle
Forest Facts: Virginia’s Alien Invaders Crossword PuzzleF00011A

Crossword puzzle tests knowledge learned from the Forest facts Virginia’s Alien Invaders publication.

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Forest Facts: Why We Need Trees
Forest Facts: Why We Need TreesF00006

Forest facts information sheet provides an illustrated explanation of just why we need trees, trees are beautiful, provide wildlife habitat, clean the water, give us products, produce oxygen, clear the air, save energy and money, and the loss of trees that is occurring. Target audience: Youth – elementary age. Printed copies available.

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Forest Facts: Why We Need Trees - Crossword Puzzle
Forest Facts: Why We Need Trees – Crossword PuzzleF00006A

Crossword puzzle tests knowledge learned from the Forest facts Why We Need Trees publication.

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Forest Sense
Forest Sense

Use the senses to discover and describe the forest.

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Forest Succession
Forest Succession

Understand the process of plant succession in forests.

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Forest Types Background
Forest Types Background

Descriptions and background information on forest types.

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Forest Types Glossary
Forest Types Glossary

Supplemental glossary for forest types lessons

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Forest Types Map
Forest Types Map

Virginia map showing coverage of forest types

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Forest Types Photos
Forest Types Photos

Photos of Virginia’s major forest types

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Forest Types Series Overview
Forest Types Series Overview

See a list of lessons in the forest types series.

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Going, Going, Gone
Going, Going, Gone

Research forest types that are now uncommon in Virginia.

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Holiday Lake Forestry Camp Annual Report 2015
Holiday Lake Forestry Camp Annual Report 2015

Report is published each year following camp and provides the highlights of camp, staff, programs, sponsors, budget summary and announcement of dates for the following year’s camp.

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Holiday Lake Forestry Camp Annual Report 2016
Holiday Lake Forestry Camp Annual Report 2016

Report is published each year following camp and provides the highlights of camp, staff, programs, sponsors, budget summary and announcement of dates for the following year’s camp.

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Holiday Lake Forestry Camp Annual Report 2017
Holiday Lake Forestry Camp Annual Report 2017

Report is published each year following camp and provides the highlights of camp, staff, programs, sponsors, budget summary and announcement of dates for the following year’s camp.

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Holiday Lake Forestry Camp Annual Report 2018
Holiday Lake Forestry Camp Annual Report 2018

Report is published each year following camp and provides the highlights of camp, staff, programs, sponsors, budget summary and announcement of dates for the following year’s camp.

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Hunter Protocol for Conway Robinson State Forest and Whitney State Forest Hunt
Hunter Protocol for Conway Robinson State Forest and Whitney State Forest Hunt

Document provides the detailed protocol, requirement, important dates related to lottery permit hunting at Conway Robinson State Forest and Whitney State Forest. All requirements and protocols must be met to participate in the lottery hunt.

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ID That Tree - Central Virginia
ID That Tree – Central Virginia

Identify trees of central Virginia.

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ID That Tree - Conway-Robinson & Whitney State Forests
ID That Tree – Conway-Robinson & Whitney State Forests

Identify trees of northern Virginia.

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ID That Tree - Matthews State Forest
ID That Tree – Matthews State Forest

Identify trees of western Virginia.

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ID That Tree - Zoar State Forest
ID That Tree – Zoar State Forest

Identify trees of eastern Virginia.

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Identification Guide Book Order - In-Person Sales
Identification Guide Book Order – In-Person Sales13.04Viewpublic-informationpublication-sales tree-idform
Let's Learn About Trees Coloring Book
Let’s Learn About Trees Coloring BookP00215

Coloring book teaches children about the value of trees while through the fun activity of coloring. Target audience: Youth – preschool and young elementary age. Printed copies available.

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Measuring Up
Measuring Up

Use several methods to measure tree height and diameter.

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Nature Activities for Families
Nature Activities for Families

Listing of free online Project Learning Tree materials and resources for nature activities for families.

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People of Forestry - Discover Careers in the Forest
People of Forestry – Discover Careers in the Forest

Activity book helps youth explore careers in the forest through a variety of activities. Limited printed copies available.

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Pests Gone Wild
Pests Gone Wild

Learn about invasive species that impact forests and explore solutions.

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Photo/Video Consent and Release - PDF Fillable
Photo/Video Consent and Release – PDF Fillable13.01

Form to be used for a photographer/videographer to provide consent to VDOF to use his/her photo/video in educational and promotional materials. Form is also used for a photo or video subject (person appearing in the photo/video) to provide consent to VDOF to use his/her photo/video image in educational and promotional materials. For a child pictured in a photo/video, the parent/guardian must provide consent to VDOF.

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Photo/Video Consent and Release - PDF Printable
Photo/Video Consent and Release – PDF Printable13.01

Form to be used for a photographer/videographer to provide consent to VDOF to use his/her photo/video in educational and promotional materials. Form is also used for a photo or video subject (person appearing in the photo/video) to provide consent to VDOF to use his/her photo/video image in educational and promotional materials. For a child pictured in a photo/video, the parent/guardian must provide consent to VDOF.

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Photo/Video Consent and Release - Word Template
Photo/Video Consent and Release – Word Template13.01

Form to be used for a photographer/videographer to provide consent to VDOF to use his/her photo/video in educational and promotional materials. Form is also used for a photo or video subject (person appearing in the photo/video) to provide consent to VDOF to use his/her photo/video image in educational and promotional materials. For a child pictured in a photo/video, the parent/guardian must provide consent to VDOF.

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Plots and Plans
Plots and Plans

Collect data about features of a forest plot.

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Sandy Point State Forest - General Map
Sandy Point State Forest – General Map

General map of Sandy Point State Forest. To ensure your safety and enjoyment, please read Before You Visit when planning your trip to a state forest. Download or print this state forest map – many state forests are remote with limited cell phone service. These maps will work with Avenza Maps™, a mobile map app that allows you to track your movements offline on your iOS and Android device without the need for cell service or internet connection. A free version of this app can be downloaded to your device through your app store.

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Sandy Point State Forest - Hunting Map
Sandy Point State Forest – Hunting Map

Hunting map of Sandy Point State Forest. To ensure your safety and enjoyment, please read Before You Visit when planning your trip to a state forest. Download or print this state forest map – many state forests are remote with limited cell phone service. These maps will work with Avenza Maps™, a mobile map app that allows you to track your movements offline on your iOS and Android device without the need for cell service or internet connection. A free version of this app can be downloaded to your device through your app store.

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Soils and Forests
Soils and Forests

Explore the role of soils in determining forest type.

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South Quay State Forest - General Map
South Quay State Forest – General Map

General map of South Quay State Forest. To ensure your safety and enjoyment, please read Before You Visit when planning your trip to a state forest. Download or print this state forest map – many state forests are remote with limited cell phone service. These maps will work with Avenza Maps™, a mobile map app that allows you to track your movements offline on your iOS and Android device without the need for cell service or internet connection. A free version of this app can be downloaded to your device through your app store.

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State of the Forest - 2005
State of the Forest – 2005P00129

Annual report provides an assessment of the challenges and opportunities faced in forestry, highlights, and report of key activities over the past year.

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State of the Forest - 2006
State of the Forest – 2006P00129

Annual report provides an assessment of the challenges and opportunities faced in forestry, highlights, and report of key activities over the past year.

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State of the Forest - 2007
State of the Forest – 2007P00129

Annual report provides an assessment of the challenges and opportunities faced in forestry, highlights, and report of key activities over the past year.

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State of the Forest - 2008
State of the Forest – 2008P00129

Annual report provides an assessment of the challenges and opportunities faced in forestry, highlights, and report of key activities over the past year.

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State of the Forest - 2009
State of the Forest – 2009P00129

Annual report provides an assessment of the challenges and opportunities faced in forestry, highlights, and report of key activities over the past year.

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State of the Forest - 2010
State of the Forest – 2010P00129

Annual report provides an assessment of the challenges and opportunities faced in forestry, highlights, and report of key activities over the past year.

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State of the Forest - 2011
State of the Forest – 2011P00129

Annual report provides an assessment of the challenges and opportunities faced in forestry, highlights, and report of key activities over the past year.

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State of the Forest - 2012
State of the Forest – 2012P00129

Annual report provides an assessment of the challenges and opportunities faced in forestry, highlights, and report of key activities over the past year.

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State of the Forest - 2013
State of the Forest – 2013P00129

Annual report provides an assessment of the challenges and opportunities faced in forestry, highlights, and report of key activities over the past year.

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State of the Forest - 2014
State of the Forest – 2014P00129

Annual report provides an assessment of the challenges and opportunities faced in forestry, highlights, and report of key activities over the past year.

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State of the Forest - 2015
State of the Forest – 2015P00129

Annual report provides an assessment of the challenges and opportunities faced in forestry, highlights, and report of key activities over the past year.

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State of the Forest - 2016
State of the Forest – 2016P00129

Annual report provides an assessment of the challenges and opportunities faced in forestry, highlights, and report of key activities over the past year.

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State of the Forest - 2017
State of the Forest – 2017P00129

Annual report provides an assessment of the challenges and opportunities faced in forestry, highlights, and report of key activities over the past year.

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State of the Forest - 2018
State of the Forest – 2018P00129

Annual report provides an assessment of the challenges and opportunities faced in forestry, highlights, and report of key activities over the past year.

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State of the Forest - 2019
State of the Forest – 2019P00129

Annual report provides an assessment of the challenges and opportunities faced in forestry, highlights, and report of key activities over the past year.

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State of the Forest - 2020
State of the Forest – 2020P00129

Annual report provides an assessment of the challenges and opportunities faced in forestry, highlights, and report of key activities over the past year.

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Success(ion) Stories
Success(ion) Stories

Learn about plant succession in a typical Virginia forest.

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The Future Forest
The Future Forest

Observe regeneration to predict the future makeup of a forest.

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The Hidden Forest
The Hidden Forest

Learn about the value of urban forests.

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Threats to Forests
Threats to Forests

Understand threats to Virginia’s forests.

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Tree Photo Cards
Tree Photo Cards

Photos of trees from the identification keys in this lesson series.

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Tree Trunk - Appomattox-Buckingham State Forest
Tree Trunk – Appomattox-Buckingham State Forest

Forest information for Appomattox-Buckingham Tree Trunk

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Tree Trunk - Conway-Robinson State Forest
Tree Trunk – Conway-Robinson State Forest

Forest information for Conway-Robinson Tree Trunk

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Tree Trunk - Cumberland State Forest
Tree Trunk – Cumberland State Forest

Forest Information for Cumberland Tree Trunk

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Tree Trunk - Matthews State Forest
Tree Trunk – Matthews State Forest

Forest information for Matthews Tree Trunk

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Tree Trunk - Prince Edward-Gallion State Forest
Tree Trunk – Prince Edward-Gallion State Forest

Forest Information for Prince Edward-Gallion Tree Trunk

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Tree Trunk - Whitney State Forest
Tree Trunk – Whitney State Forest

Forest Information for Whitney Tree Trunk

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Tree Trunk - Zoar State Forest
Tree Trunk – Zoar State Forest

Forest Information for Zoar Tree Trunk

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Tree Trunk Activity Overview
Tree Trunk Activity Overview

List and brief descriptions of lesson plans in the State Forest Tree Trunks series

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Trees are Renewable!
Trees are Renewable!

A mini-curriculum for the book “Why Would Anyone Cut a Tree Down?”

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Virginia Forest Cover Types - Poster
Virginia Forest Cover Types – Poster

Poster maps the various forest types in Virginia and is 24 in. x 36 in. Printed copies available.

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Virginia's Least Wanted - Emerald Ash Borer
Virginia’s Least Wanted – Emerald Ash BorerPST003

Poster shows the damage done but this threat to our native ash trees. Designed for 24 in. x 36 in. poster. Target audience: Youth – elementary age.

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Virginia's Least Wanted - Invasive Plants
Virginia’s Least Wanted – Invasive PlantsPST004

Poster helps identify invasive plants, which threaten our forest ecosystems. Designed for 24 in. x 36 in. poster. Target audience: Youth – elementary age.

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Virginia's Least Wanted - Thousand Cankers Disease
Virginia’s Least Wanted – Thousand Cankers DiseasePST005

Poster shows the damage done but this threat to our native black walnut trees. Designed for 24 in. x 36 in. poster. Target audience: Youth – elementary age.

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What Grows Where
What Grows Where

Determine why forest types vary from place to place.

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What Would You Do?
What Would You Do?

Make decisions about forest management.

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Why Would Anyone Cut a Tree Down?
Why Would Anyone Cut a Tree Down?NA–IN–01–12

Illustrator children’s book discusses the benefits of trees, why we cut trees, and how we can plant trees back. Produced by the USFS.

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Wildlife in the Forest
Wildlife in the Forest

Explore wildlife habitat requirements.

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Wood Magic - A wood science curriculum for 14 to 18 year olds.
Wood Magic – A wood science curriculum for 14 to 18 year olds.

Wood science activities provided by Virginia Cooperative Extension for 14-18 year olds.

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Wood Magic - A wood science curriculum for 9 to 11 year olds.
Wood Magic – A wood science curriculum for 9 to 11 year olds.

Wood science activities provided by Virginia Cooperative Extension for 9-11 year olds.

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Zoar State Forest - General Map
Zoar State Forest – General Map

General map of Zoar State Forest. To ensure your safety and enjoyment, please read Before You Visit when planning your trip to a state forest. Download or print this state forest map – many state forests are remote with limited cell phone service. These maps will work with Avenza Maps™, a mobile map app that allows you to track your movements offline on your iOS and Android device without the need for cell service or internet connection. A free version of this app can be downloaded to your device through your app store.

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