Additional Resources


Additional Resources


The U.S. Forest Service

The Forest Service is committed to connecting kids with nature and the outdoors by providing students, parents and teachers with youth-oriented information and resources related to natural resources and the environment. Our Agency wants to encourage more kids to go outdoors by having fun, being healthy and learning more about nature. This can instill kids to create an awareness of the value of public lands, seek careers in natural resources and land management as well as enthusiastically participate in physical activities”


Gilder Lerhrman Institute of American History
Founded in 1994 by Richard Gilder and Lewis E. Lehrman, the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History is a nonprofit organization devoted to the improvement of history education. The Institute has developed an array of programs for schools, teachers, and students that now operate in all fifty states, including a website that features the more than 60,000 unique historical documents in the Gilder Lehrman Collection. Each year the Institute offers support and resources to tens of thousands of teachers, and through them enhances the education of more than a million students. The Institute’s programs have been recognized by awards from the White House, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Organization of American Historians.”


The Pinchot Institute for Conservation

“The mission of the Pinchot Institute is to strengthen forest conservation thought, policy, and action by developing innovative, practical, and broadly-supported solutions to conservation challenges and opportunities. We accomplish this through nonpartisan research, education, and technical assistance on key issues influencing the future of conservation and sustainable natural resource management.”


Grey Towers National Historic Site

“Grey Towers is the ancestral home of Gifford Pinchot, first chief of the US Forest Service and twice Governor of Pennsylvania. Today Grey Towers serves as a conservation education and leadership center, with programs that interpret the lives of the Pinchot family… The US Forest Service at Grey Towers offers a variety of curriculum-based conservation education programs for students in grades 2-12. These programs are designed to increase students’ awareness, appreciation and understanding of natural resource conservation, which we hope will foster a sense of individual responsibility for land stewardship. We tailor each program so that it is grade appropriate and otherwise meets your needs. Our programs are offered free of charge


The National Park Service

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The Gifford Pinchot Task Force

The Gifford Pinchot Task Force supports the biological diversity and communities of the Northwest through conservation and restoration of forests, rivers, fish and wildlife. We work in conservation, restoration, and policy.


Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership

“In order to guarantee all Americans quality places to hunt and fish, we strengthen laws, policies and practices affecting fish and wildlife conservation by leading partnerships that influence decision makers.”


Gifford Pinchot National Forest

“The Gifford Pinchot National Forest is one of the oldest National Forests in the United States. Included as part of the Mount Rainier Forest Reserve in 1897, this area was set aside as the Columbia National Forest in 1908. It was renamed the Gifford Pinchot National Forest in 1949.”


The Evolution of the Conservation Movement:  Library of Congress

A “one stop shop” for the modern conservation movement which includes a timeline, primary sources and links to other resources


Mapping the National Parks:  Library of Congress

“The Mapping the National Parks collection documents the history, cultural aspects and geological formations of areas that eventually became National Parks. The collection consists of approximately 200 maps dating from the 17th century to the present, reflecting early mapping of the areas that would become four National Parks, as well as the parks themselves. Production of this collection is being supported by a generous gift from The Rockefeller Foundation.”


Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection


Teaching American

Document libraries, professional development and more – all relating to American history.


National Archives Education


Dust Bowl: The Southern Plains in the 1930’s

“In the mid 1930s, North America’s Great Plains faced one of the worst man-made environmental disasters in world history. Donald Worster’s classic chronicle of the devastating years between 1929 and 1939 tells the story of the Dust Bowl in ecological as well as human terms.”


Search for the Ultimate Sink by Joel A Tarr

“In this collection of his essays, Professor Tarr surveys what technology has done to, and for, the environment of the American city since 1850. In studies ranging from the horse to the railroad, from infrastructure development to industrial and domestic pollution, from the Hudson River to the smokestacks of Pittsburgh, his constant theme is the tension between the production of wastes and the attempts to dispose of them or control them with minimal costs.”



Encounters with the Archdruid by John McFee

“…The four men portrayed here have different relationships to their environment, and they encounter each other on mountain trails, in forests and rapids, sometimes with reserve, sometimes with friendliness, sometimes fighting hard across a philosophical divide.”


One Million Trees

“Communities within the state’s 14 metropolitan areas can btain trees for streets, parks and streamsides.”  TreVitalize can provide trees, training, mulch and soil, plan assistance, site preparation and planting assistance.


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Department of Conservation and Natural Resources



USDA Forest Service: The First Century

Beautifully concise and general overview of the beginnings of the National Forest Service.



The Lorax by Dr. Seuss

This classic by Dr. Seuss is a satirical look at Industrialization, corporate greed, marketing, consumer culture, pollution and environmental advocacy.


Sustaining Penn’s Woods
“In the fall of 2000, Pennsylvania schools received “Sustaining Penn’s Woods – A Sound Use of the Land.” This curriculum is designed to help you and your students in grades five through 10 to meet Pennsylvania’s new Academic Standards for Environment & Ecology.”



PA Land Choices

“PA Land Choices is a curriculum, a collection of activities that guides learners in understanding the forces and choices that shape a community and region. It challenges participants to become involved in their community and to conserve their natural resources.”



Pennsylvania Museum and Historical Commission: Historic Agricultural Resources of Pennsylvania c 1700-1960 This introductory summary discusses the organization, content, and development of the context. It defines historical farming systems and how historical regions are identified. It contains basic principles that will be applied throughout the Commonwealth. The time frame for analysis extends to 1960, a watershed decade that saw dramatic transformations in production agriculture.

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