Educational Materials

Dovetail’s new home for Environmental Education Resources is geared towards students, teachers, forestry professionals, and anyone interested in protecting, managing, and enhancing the natural environment. Browse videos, eco-links, lesson plans, teachers’ tools, research references, upcoming forestry tours, and more.

Backyard Environmental Education

Ms. Lisa Garcia from Lakeville Nature Conservancy in Lakeville, MA sent SWST this message:  “I just wanted to send SWST some positive feedback – I was teaching an environmental science lesson to some elementary students this weekend, and when they were doing a webquest they ended up on your educational materials webpage (this page here They thought I should tell you we were using the links there and found some great information so thanks 🙂  The student also suggested this article as a source of more great information and links to more.

Discover the Forest (U.S. Forest Service)

This website includes videos, and tools for educators. It aims to inspire tweens (aged 8-12) and their parents to re-connect with nature, experiencing it first-hand. The campaign brings to life the joy and excitement kids have when they discover the wonders of nature, helping create interest in their environment and a lifelong relationship with it.

Society of American Foresters

Resources for the classroom include tools for teachers, forestry fun for kids, a dictionary of forestry, and an encyclopedia of forests and forestry. A comprehensive list of accredited schools as well as continuing education (CFE) resources are included.

TAPPI Paper University

“Where students and teachers explore the world of paper!”
All about paper: Fun with science, art projects and crafts, fun & games

Project Learning Tree

The Cornerstone for Environmental Education
Environmental education program designed for teachers and other educators working with preschool through grade 12 students.

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

• Education Resources (for Teachers)
• EEK! – Enivronmental Education for Kids!


“Helping to build future woodworkers”
Tools for students, schools, and industry

Wood Magic Science Fair™

The Wood Magic Science Fair™ (WMSF) at Mississippi State University is aimed specifically at elementary school students. It seeks to educate students about the tremendous importance of wood and wood products to each of us individually and to the economy of the nation. Modeled after the MSU program, subsequent programs have been developed at Oregon State University, South Carolina, and University of Kentucky.

University of Minnesota Extension Service


Centre d’expertise sur la construction commerciale en bois
Promotes the use of wood construction in Québec.


  • Directory of North American Schools offering baccalaureate and graduate programs of study in wood science and technology
  • Teaching Units
    • Unit #1 Forest Products and Wood Science, the Materials Science of the Forest Products Industry
    • Unit #2Properties of Wood

Reference Book

Understanding Wood – A Craftsman’s Guide to Wood Technology, by R. Bruce Hoadley