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Forestry Activities & Projects for Kids

Instructor: Heather Jenkins

Heather has a bachelor's degree in elementary education and a master's degree in special education. She was a public school teacher and administrator for 11 years.

Forestry is a diverse field dedicated to understanding and preserving forests across the world. Use these engaging activities and projects to help students experience forestry and the various characteristics of forests.

A Walk in the Woods

Have you ever taken a walk in the woods and marveled at the wonder around you? When students learn about the forest, they can identify the characteristics of the ecosystem. Additionally, they can explore the diverse plant and animal life hidden in the trees. Let's look at some activities and projects to help students learn about forestry.

Scat and Tracks

Use this kinesthetic activity to help students uncover the tracks and scat of forest animals, and identify the animals to which they belong.

Materials

  • Who Pooped in the Park? book by Gary Robson (optional)
  • Copies of animal prints
  • Clay
  • Leaves (real or fake)
  • Disposable aluminum casserole/baking pans
  • Paper
  • Pencils

Teacher Directions

Preparation

  1. Prior to the activity, make copies of different animal prints featured in one of the books from the Who Pooped in the Park? series by Gary Robson, such as the Shenandoah National Forest or Yellowstone National Park books. If you will not be using these books, then make copies of different forest animals' footprints.
  2. Using clay, create replicas of the scat of different animals mentioned in the book. If you will not be using the book, then research the scat of different forest animals.
  3. Place a set of animal footprints and a replica of scat in each baking pan.
  4. Cover them with leaves.

Activity

  1. Introduce the animals of the forest to the students by reading a Who Pooped in the Park? book. If you are not using this book series, show the class pictures of the animal tracks and scat that they will find in the shoeboxes you prepared.
  2. Divide the class into small groups, and provide each group with paper and pencils.
  3. Set the pans of leaves, animal tracks, and scat at different locations around the room.
  4. Have the groups rotate from pan to pan. At each pan, they will carefully move the leaves to uncover the animal tracks and scat. Students will then use their knowledge to write down what animals left the tracks and scat in each pan.
  5. When the groups have finished, reveal the identity of the animal tracks and scat in each pan.

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