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We may be able to help you by guiding you to long-term environmental data that can be used in your classroom, helping you plan a visit for your class to the Andrews Forest, directing you to the latest lesson plans and activities developed through our education partnerships, and updating you on current activities available for classroom participation.

Click here to download lesson plans and other instructional materials developed based on Andrews Forest research.

Some opportunities are available for junior high and high school teachers willing to coordinate their own classroom trips to the Andrews Forest. Contact the Forest Director for more information.

Undergraduate students from the University of Oregon have developed lesson plans and activities for self-guided trips to the Andrews Forest Lookout Creek Old-Growth Trail as part of their capstone projects in the Environmental Leadership Program (ELP). Click here to download lesson plans, visit the virtual Old-Growth trail, and hear podcasts of Andrews Forest scientists talk about their research.

Andrews Forest LTER Children's Book:

"Ellie's Log, Exploring the Forest Where the Great Tree Fell" by Judith L. Li.  Illustrations by M. L. Herring.

7 x 9.5 inches. Ages 9-12 (Grades 4-6). Companion Teacher's Guide. Color Illustrations. 112 pages. 2013. ISBN 978-0-87071-696-6. Paperback, $16.95.

Publication date is April 1, 2013

Available through bookstores, online retailers, and through OSU Press.

Visit the Ellie's Log website (ellieslog.org) for online resources and activities for student readers and for teachers.

After a huge tree crashes to the ground during a winter storm, ten-year-old Ellie and her new friend, Ricky, explore the forest where Ellie lives. Together, they learn how trees provide habitat for plants and animals high in the forest canopy, down among mossy old logs, and deep in the pools of a stream. The plants, insects, birds, and mammals they discover come to life in colored pen-and-ink drawings.

The forest and animals described in Ellie's Log are based on those found at the H. J. Andrews Experimental Forest.



An engaging blend of science and storytelling, Ellie's Log also features:

Canopy Connections

Canopy Connections is an experiential learning program for Oregon middle school classes developed by three partner institutions: University of Oregon Environmental Leadership Program, The Pacific Tree Climbing Institute, and the US Forest Service PNW Station. The Pacific Northwest is home to some magnificent old-growth forests. Unfortunately, many local children have never had the opportunity to explore this enchanting ecosystem first-hand. In response, the Canopy Connections Team develops a unique fieldtrip experience-one that gives middle-school students an opportunity to climb into the canopy of an old-growth forest. The mission is to inspire a sense of wonder and respect for our natural world through a curriculum that integrates science, art, creative writing. Not only does the program enrich the curriculum for regional K-12 schools, the program provides excellent training in ecology and science education for a cohort of 9 undergraduate and graduate Environmental Science students each year.

Since the first full season of the program in 2009, 450 students have participated in the program. Recruitment of classes prioritizes schools with a high proportion students receiving free and reduced lunch. Although funded by private donations, foundations and the USFS More-Kids-in-the-Woods program, Canopy Connections leverages the investment in LTER research as an effective mechanism for communicating ecological insights to beginning science students.

The Canopy Connections film has been nominated for a 2012 Northwest Regional Emmy! It is up in two of the student categories: Best film - long-form non-fiction and Best editing/photography.

Canopy Connections Participants in the trees and on the ground taking notes after the climb.

Learn more about the program and link to lesson plans through the Environmental Leadership Program and past projects:

2009 2010 2011 2012 2013

Andrews Forest data in your classroom

Looking for data to use in a class project? The Andrews Forest has some of the longest-running ecological datasets in the region. We've collected data on the changes in temperature and rainfall; the location of floods and landslides; how fast trees grow and die; the number of fish in streams; and many other topics. You are welcome to use any of our online data in your class projects. Just check out our research section to see what we are doing and the data section to see what data is available. Also, climate and hydrology data from the Andrews Forest as well as many other field sites around the U.S. are available through the network Climate and Hydrology Database.

Additional Environmental Education Links:

Schoolyard LTER
Environmental Education Resources on the Internet
Environmental Education Association of Oregon
Science Education Partnerships
Department of Wood Science and Engineering Resources for Teachers
Conservation Education
Animal Inn
Fish Environmental Education
EPA Environmental Education Center
The GLOBE Program