forestForests of Florida are diverse and indispensable, yet their health is threatened by a variety of facotrs. This site provides resources and information to help Florida educators incorporate forest health into their lessons and activities. You'll find access to materials in the Forest Health Education Kit as well as additional resources to make

Why Forest Health?

Forest health is a relevant issue for foresters, researchers, farmers, timber growers, hunters, hikers, urban citizens, educators, and children. Teaching youth about the significance of forests is especially critical—they are future decision makers and stewards of the planet’s natural resources. Educating youth about forest health is a first step in equipping them to make informed decisions about the future of this valuable resource.

To learn more, listen to this presentation by Dr. Ed Barnard, a forest pathologist from the Florida Division of Forestry, explain why forest health. You will need Adobe Flash player or Adobe Reader.
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The Forest Health Education Kit

The Forest Health Education Kit is a set of materials to support the exploration of forest health.  Forest health is an exciting and thought-provoking topic for biology, agriculture, current issues, and environmental science classes. The following materials are available:


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