The Forest History Society, a 501(c)3 nonprofit educational institution helps young people and adults understand and appreciate the varied lessons of forest history. Through programs such as the middle school curriculum, If Trees Could Talk, and the Lynn W. Day Distinguished Lectureship series, students of all ages learn to recognize the value that forests have had to individuals and societies throughout history.
Programs in library and archival collecting, publication, and oral history have long been the Forest History Society's (FHS) primary means of educating adults about the history of human interaction with the forested environment. In the 1990s FHS recognized that improved technologies offered an unrealized potential for disseminating information in innovative ways. As one method of achieving its ambitious new outreach goals, FHS established a K-12 educational program. The initial phase of the program involved the development of a middle school environmental education curriculum, If Trees Could Talk: A Curriculum in Environmental History.
To download a free copy of this resource, go to http://www.foresthistory.org/Education/Curriculum/index.html.
A more recent effort has produced a teachers guide to the U.S. Forest Service centennial history film entitled The Greatest Good http://www.foresthistory.org/Education/index.html#GreatestGood
As time and funding permit FHS also offers teacher institutes around the country to introduce the curriculum and other resources to educators. Access via http://www.foresthistory.org/Education/Institutes/index.htm.
FHS plans to pursue additional educational efforts in the future that will provide further insight into the history of relationships between people, forests, and natural resources. Suggestions are welcome.
Forest History Society, Inc.
701 William Vickers Avenue
Durham, NC 27701-3162
(919) 682-2349 FAX