America's Rain Forests

A Distance Learning Adventure

Prince William Network, National Forest Foundation and USDA Forest Service

For Teachers

Thank you for joining us for "America's Rain Forest: A Distance Learning Adventure." Please explore this section for BACKGROUND INFORMATION about tropical and temperate rain forests and for LESSON PLANS.

Compare Your Environment to the Tropical and Temperate Rain Forests!

Compare your flora and fauna to that found in the tropical and temperate rain forests. During the live electronic field trip on October 14, a class in Puerto Rico and a class in Alaska will conduct a plant and animal survey of a sampling area that six meters by six meters square. You could compare their results to the results of a similar activity that you conduct in your environment. For the lesson plan with the sampling activity, CLICK HERE. After the broadcast, the results of the sampling activity for the Puerto Rico and Alaska classrooms will be posted here.

Forests are home to an amazing array of plants and animals. Each time you walk in a forest you run the risk of disrupting animal's lives and damaging the forest ecosystem. However, if care is taken, damage can be minimized and enjoyment maximized. For a list of "do's and don'ts" to review with your class, CLICK HERE.

For a glossary of terms about the rain forest, CLICK HERE.


Prince William Network USDA Forest Service Caribbean, Tongass,
Chugach, and Olympic National Forests Pacific Northwest Research Station
International Institute of Tropical Forestry National Forest Foundation
Alaska Department of Fish and Game Alaska Department of Natural Resources
The Nature Conservancy Alaska Natural History Association
Southeast Island School District