WSU Whatcom County Extension

4-H / Positive Youth Development

WSU Whatcom County Extension        

5th Grade
Forest Conservation Tour

May 13-16, 2019

To register a group contact:

Drawing of a forest


- 2019 Teacher's Guide (pdf)

- Suggestions for a Successful Forest Tour

- Trees of the Northwest (pdf)

- Guidelines for dress & conduct while on the tour

- Sponsoring agencies and other forest resources links for teachers


Additional Teaching Resources


Activities Understanding Chemistry and Systems in the Forest Tour

Support materials created by Jared Ogle.

There are several practical components of science education that youth are exposed to when exploring an ecological environment such as a forest.

Several concepts are not exclusive to any one of the Forest Tour Stations.  Some of these concepts run through the all the forest tour are addressed here as an additional extensions.  An example is photosynthesis.  It is mentioned several times on the tour, and understanding how the process works will aid understanding in all of the stations.  The concepts presented are not covered exhaustively, but provided as a reference.

Systems - Forest Tour (pdf)
Energy Flow (pdf)
Photosynthesis and Respiration (pdf)
Decomposition (pdf)
Conservation of Matter and Energy (pdf)

Some concepts are not mentioned in the forest tour, but the are presented here as an additional learning opportunities.

The forest tour is organized due to land; however, it is not specifically recommended to cover the subjects in the order of the tour.

Some Washington State Learning Standards are supported by the Forest Tour either in part or in full.  A table showing standard alignment for the tour as a whole and for each station is available here.   Some Common Core Standards are supported by the Forest Tour either in part or in full.

GLAD Strategies for Content and Vocabulary

Pictorial Input


Compare and Contrast


Frayer Diagrams


Sorting Activities


Reference List

American Association for the Advancement of Science (1993). Benchmarks for Science Literacy. New York, Oxford University Press.
Barke, H-D., Hazari, Al, Yitbarek, Sileshi (2009). Misconceptions in Chemistry, Addressing Perceptions in Chemical Education. Berlin, Springer-Verlag.


Online Activities

Society of American Foresters (Directory of sites)
American Forests Organization
Washington Forest Protection Association
Washington Trails Association Online
Hands on the Land
Dichotomous Tree Identifier
Environmental Kids Club
Smokey The Bear for Kids



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For more information:

  Brenda Dunford
   4-H Coordinator
   (360) 778-5817

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