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One of the roles of our experimental areas is to explain to people what has been or is being learned through our research. Some of this content is oriented towards K-12 education; other content is designed for older students of nature. On this page we’ve collected links to many of those outreach resources.

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Lesson plans

Topic Link Source
See and Hear the Water Cycle with WaterViz: Learn about the water cycle at Hubbard Brook with the WaterViz, a unique online multimedia tool. https://waterviz.org/?page_id=1200 Hubbard Brook Expt. Forest
Birds of Hubbard Brook: Learn how birds are adapted for migration and what challenges they face http://datanuggets.org/2016/04/bye-bye-birdie-part-1/ Hubbard Brook Expt. Forest
  http://datanuggets.org/2016/04/bye-bye-birdie-part-2/ Hubbard Brook Expt. Forest
  https://hubbardbrook.org/lessons_birds Hubbard Brook Expt. Forest
Is Forest Management for the Birds? https://hubbardbrook.org/forest-management-birds Hubbard Brook Expt. Forest
Seeking the Wolf Tree: Read this children’s book (for upper elementary students) about an adventure two students take through the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest. Order Seeking the Wolf Tree from your local bookstore or Amazon, or visit the publisher’s site for the ebook. All NH public school libraries have copies. For lessons associated with the book, see several options at: https://hubbardbrook.org/childrens-book-seeking-wolf-tree Hubbard Brook Expt. Forest
Exploring Acid Rain: Learn about the history of acid rain, and the response and recovery of forest ecosystems to this air pollutant. Teaching guide for grades 7-11. Exploring Acid Rain PDF (2018) Hubbard Brook Expt. Forest
Hubbard Brook Online Book: Everything you need to know about the Hubbard Brook Ecosystem Study from history to science https://hubbardbrook.org/online-book Hubbard Brook Expt. Forest
Moose Power: Learn about this iconic northern mammal. Appropriate for advanced high school ecology and environmental science classes. This four-part lesson asks students to 1) investigate moose nutrition and energy requirements, 2) mimic moose browsing behavior in the forest, 3) examine data to investigate the impact of browsing on shrub structure, and 4) examine impact of shrub structure on bird nest siting. https://hubbardbrook.org/moose-power Hubbard Brook Expt. Forest
Learning Lichens Curriculum: Learn how lichens can be an indicator of air quality. This resource was developed with the White Mountain National Forest and can be found on the Hubbard Brook website https://hubbardbrook.org/learning-lichens-curriculum Hubbard Brook Expt. Forest
Plasticine Caterpillar Experiment: Learn how to create life-like caterpillars from plasticine to investigate predation by birds, small mammals, and invertebrates. https://hubbardbrook.org/plasticine-caterpillar-experiment Hubbard Brook Expt. Forest
Snowpack studies: Learn about how to measure and monitor snow and how soils respond to warming temperatures (hint: they get colder). https://hubbardbrook.org/snowpack-studies Hubbard Brook Expt. Forest
  https://hubbardbrook.org/colder-soils-warmer-world Hubbard Brook Expt. Forest
Climate Change and Lake Ice-Out: Learn how lake ice is an indicator of our changing climate. https://hubbardbrook.org/climate-change-hot-topic Hubbard Brook Expt. Forest
Go with the Flow: A classic Hubbard Brook lesson on the interaction of trees with water. https://hubbardbrook.org/go-flow Hubbard Brook Expt. Forest
Sugar Babies: Learn what influences the survival of sugar maple seedlings. https://hubbardbrook.org/sugar-babies Hubbard Brook Expt. Forest
This monograph examines research done in the Coweeta Experimental Forest. In 1934, research began in this forest that looked at how forests affect the streams that flow through them. In this study, scientists wanted to find out how the flow of water might change in areas near mountain streams if eastern hemlock trees are killed by the hemlock woolly adelgid. http://www.naturalinquirer.org/Woolly-Bully-i-24.html Coweeta Experimental Forest
Readers meet Stephanie Laseter who studies how rainfall affects streams and rivers over time in forests. http://www.naturalinquirer.org/Meet-Ms.-Laseter!-i-47.html Coweeta Experimental Forest
Readers meet Dr. Ge Sun who studies land use in the Southern United States. http://www.naturalinquirer.org/Meet-Dr.-Sun!-i-45.html Coweeta Experimental Forest
LTER Education Digital Library: Developed in collaboration with scientists, educators and artists, this project is a centrally located collection of reviewed and annotated digital resources relating to the ongoing efforts of the Long Term Ecologic Research (LTER) Network. http://educationlibrary.lternet.edu/resources Luquillo Experimental Forest
Journey to El Yunque: Online four-week bilingual middle school curriculum where students use LUQ data to investigate the effects of hurricanes Hugo and Georges on the Luquillo Mountains, Puerto Rico, and consider the long-term implications of increased hurricane activity. http://www.elyunque.net/ Luquillo Experimental Forest
A Student Guide to Tropical Forest Conservation - Forest Service Research & Development https://www.treesearch.fs.fed.us/pubs/2792 Luquillo Experimental Forest
Caribbean Cruise: Examining the movement and quality of organic matter over time from two Caribbean watersheds http://www.naturalinquirer.org/Examining-the-Movement-and-Quality-of-Organic-Matter-Over-Time-From-Two-Caribbean-Watersheds-a-164.html Luquillo Experimental Forest
The Andrews Forest K12 education program connects teachers and students with teaching and classroom resources. K-12 teachers are invited to link to classroom resources, download lesson plans, and learn about professional development activities at the Andrews Forest. K-12 students are invited to learn about the forest, link to data to use for a class project, or find out about our childrens’ book. https://andrewsforest.oregonstate.edu/outreach/education/k12 HJ Andrews Experimental Forest
Data nuggets are activities that bring scientific data into the classroom, guiding students through the entire process of science while building their quantitative skills. This data nugget is based on an Andrews EF long-term dataset about cutthroat trout. Cutthroat trout HJ Andrews Experimental Forest
Links to teacher resources and websites for kids to track animals and plants, all based on the children’s book written about the Andrews EF: “Ellie’s Log, Exploring the Forest Where the Great Tree Fell” by Judith L. Li. Illustrations by M. L. Herring. “Ellie’s Log” resources HJ Andrews Experimental Forest
The lesson plan adapts the “tea party” literacy strategy to help teachers introduce the biotic components of an old growth forest. Download the Lessons on Ecology Tea Party lesson plan (PDF) and download the “Stream pack – Additional organism role cards for the HJ Andrews Experimental Forest Tea Party Activity”(PDF). Ecology Tea Party HJ Andrews Experimental Forest
  Stream Pack cards HJ Andrews Experimental Forest
Video clips for use by high school teachers with their students that provide a window into the process of scientific inquiry as a field scientist, introduce relevant and engaging content that can be followed up on by teachers or students, elicit new perspectives about what a scientist does and what a scientist looks like. We provide correlations to NGSS standards, vocabulary, and additional information along with links to each of the videos. The video “Do Dead Trees go to Heaven” is based on the work of Mark Harmon, Andrews EF scientist. Classroom companion videos HJ Andrews Experimental Forest
Graduate-level silviculture training workshop (2 days). Target audience: practicing foresters.
Downloadable pdfs of presentations and readings for the Spruce-Fir Module of the Northeast Silviculture Institute (free). Presentations by Robert Seymour (University of Maine), Laura Kenefic (U.S. Forest Service), Allison Kanoti (Maine Forest Service), and others.
Spruce-Fir Module written materials Penobscot Experimental Forest
Graduate-level silviculture training workshop (2 days). Target audience: practicing foresters.
Videos of all presentations (1-day) and the field tour at the Penobscot Experimental Forest (1-day) can be downloaded from the Institute and viewed for Continuing Forestry Education (CFE) credits. NOTE: there is a a fee for accessing these resources.
Spruce-Fir Module video materials Penobscot Experimental Forest
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Research briefs and fact sheets

Topic Link Source
Ice Storms in the Northeastern US https://hubbardbrook.org/articles/ice-storm-manipulation-experiment-northern-hardwood-forest Hubbard Brook Expt. Forest
The Ice Storm Experiment at Hubbard Brook: An Interactive Research Brief http://multimedia.hubbardbrook.org/the-ice-storm-experiment-at-hubbard-brook Hubbard Brook Expt. Forest
Streamwater nitrogen and forest dynamics following a mountain pine beetle epidemic https://www.fs.usda.gov/rmrs/streamwater-nitrogen-and-forest-dynamics-following-mountain-pine-beetle-epidemic-insights-three Fraser Experimental Forest
River Education Program (LTER): A portal to information about the natural resources of El Verde, Luquillo Experimental Forest, and El Yunque National Forest, in Puerto Rico. https://sites.google.com/a/ites.upr.edu/luquillo-lter/home Luquillo Experimental Forest
Read about a recently published study that describes a 10-year investigation of streamwater nitrogen and forest dynamics following a mountain pine beetle outbreak in Colorado lodgepole pine forests. Mountain pine beetle effects on streams and forests Fraser Experimental Forest
Take a virtual tour of the Fernow Experimental Forest in West Virginia Fernow virtual tour (pdf) Fernow Experimental Forest
Research briefs – prescribed fire Understanding and using prescribed fire Fernow Experimental Forest
Research briefs – air pollution Air pollution and sustainable forest ecosystems Fernow Experimental Forest
Research briefs – sediment to streams Best Management Practices Fernow Experimental Forest
Research briefs – effects of oil and natural gas development on Appalachian forests Oil and gas effects Fernow Experimental Forest
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Multimedia stories

Topic Link Source
The Ice Storm Experiment at Hubbard Brook: An Interactive Research Brief http://multimedia.hubbardbrook.org/the-ice-storm-experiment-at-hubbard-brook Hubbard Brook Expt. Forest
Who Likes Orchids? http://multimedia.hubbardbrook.org/who-likes-orchids Hubbard Brook Expt. Forest
Bats of Hubbard Brook http://multimedia.hubbardbrook.org/the-bats-of-hubbard-brook Hubbard Brook Expt. Forest
See and Hear the Water Cycle with WaterViz: Learn about the water cycle at Hubbard Brook with the WaterViz, a unique online multimedia tool. https://waterviz.org/?page_id=1200 Hubbard Brook Expt. Forest
Take a virtual tour of the Black Hills Experimental Forest in South Dakota Black Hills EF Tour Black Hills Experimental Forest
Take a virtual tour of the Tenderfoot Creek Experimental Forest in Montana Tenderfoot Creek EF Tour Tenderfoot Creek Experimental Forest
Economics of trees in West Virginia Money can grow on trees Fernow Experimental Forest
Recovery of the endangered Running Buffalo Clover Tenderfoot Creek EF Tour Fernow Experimental Forest
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Videos

Topic Link Source
Ice storm research YouTube video from Hubbard Brook Hubbard Brook Expt. Forest
  YouTube video from NSF Science Nation Hubbard Brook Expt. Forest
  YouTube video from NSF Science Now Hubbard Brook Expt. Forest
Watch these ten short films to learn the story of bark beetle outbreaks in Colorado and Wyoming, and how the U. S. Forest Service is responding.in the Beyond Bark Beetles series which share the story of the bark beetle outbreak in our western forests and show how the U.S. Forest Service is responding. Beyond Bark Beetles Glacier Lakes Ecosystem Experiments Site
How to Get Good, Clean Drinking Water: The Big Picture Approach https://www.srs.fs.usda.gov/coweeta/videos/clean-drinking-water/ Coweeta Hydrologic Laboratory
A watershed study started in 1934 tells the story of climate change https://www.srs.fs.usda.gov/coweeta/videos/watershed-study-unc-tv/ Coweeta Hydrologic Laboratory
Video about shrimp ecology in El Yunque National Forest with Dr. Alan P. Covich, Professor, Odum School of Ecology, University of Georgia https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=10KgRBwCw40 Luquillo Experimental Forest
US LTER (Long Term Ecological Research) Youtube Channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCsyi2-kL_cTcm6FOnek-bRA Luquillo Experimental Forest
Andrews Forest Youtube Channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFd4IHt3s2nvFNz4NCDr-1g HJ Andrews Experimental Forest
Video clips for use by high school teachers with their students that provide a window into the process of scientific inquiry as a field scientist, introduce relevant and engaging content that can be followed up on by teachers or students, elicit new perspectives about what a scientist does and what a scientist looks like. We provide correlations to NGSS standards, vocabulary, and additional information along with links to each of the videos. The video “Do Dead Trees go to Heaven” is based on the work of Mark Harmon, Andrews EF scientist. Classroom companion videos HJ Andrews Experimental Forest
A 26-minute video filmed at the Penobscot EF and elsewhere in Maine that introduces concepts of sustainable forest management. Features interviews with Laura Kenefic (U.S. Forest Service), Bob Seymour and Keith Kanoti (University of Maine), Mindy Crandall (now Oregon State University), Allison Kanoti (Maine Forest Service), Sally Stockwell (Maine Audubon), Alec Giffen (New England Forestry Foundation), Barrie Brusilla (Mid-Maine Forestry), Pam Wells (landowner). Target audience: landowners, the interested public, students, and teachers. Provided on YouTube by the University of Maine. “Forestry for the Future: Lessons in Sustainable Management from Maine” Penobscot Experimental Forest
A 6-minute video with highlights from “Forestry for the Future: Lessons in Sustainable Management from Maine” that focus on U.S. Forest Service research. Available on YouTube from the U.S. Forest Service. “Penobscot Experimental Forest Research Highlights” Penobscot Experimental Forest
A 1-hour presentation about spruce-mixedwoods in New England and Quebec, drawing upon research at the Penobscot EF and elsewhere. Target audience: practicing foresters and forestry students. Available on YouTube from ForestConnect. “A Cross-Border Examination of the Silviculture of Spruce Mixedwoods” by Laura Kenefic (U.S. Forest Service) and Patricia Raymond (Quebec Ministry of Forests, Wildlife, and Parks) Penobscot Experimental Forest
A 1-hour+ presentation about ecology and management of spruce-fir forests in New England drawing upon research at the Penobscot EF and elsewhere. Target audience: practicing foresters and forestry students. Available on YouTube from ForestConnect. “Maintaining Health and Productivity in Northeastern Spruce-Fir Forests” by Laura Kenefic (U.S. Forest Service) Penobscot Experimental Forest
A 1-hour presentation about ecology and management of eastern hemlock and northern white-cedar, drawing upon research at the Penobscot EF and elsewhere. Target audience: practicing foresters and forestry students. Available on YouTube from Vermont Urban and Community Forestry. “Exploring Silvicultural Strategies in Our Changing Forest: Hemlock and Cedar” by Laura Kenefic (U.S. Forest Service) Penobscot Experimental Forest
A 1-hour presentation about mixedwood stand dynamics, management, and productivity based on long-term research at the Penobscot Experimental Forest. Target audience: practicing foresters and forestry students. Available on YouTube from the Center for Research on Sustainable Forests, University of Maine. “Mixedwood Management: Concepts and New Findings” by Laura Kenefic and Bethany Muñoz Delgado (U.S. Forest Service) Penobscot Experimental Forest
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Scientist Cards

Scientist Role Link Forest
Laseter, StephanieHydrologist http://www.naturalinquirer.org/Stephanie-Laseter-scientist-444.html Coweeta Experimental Forest
Boggs, Mr. JohnnyBiological Scientist http://www.naturalinquirer.org/Mr.-Johnny-Boggs-scientist-394.html Coweeta Experimental Forest
O'Brien, Dr. JoeResearch Ecologist http://www.naturalinquirer.org/Dr.-Joe-O'Brien-scientist-361.html Olustee Experimental Forest
Sun, Dr. GeResearch Hydrologist http://www.naturalinquirer.org/Dr.-Ge-Sun-scientist-395.html Coweeta Experimental Forest
Adams, Dr. SusieAquatic Ecologist/Astacologist http://www.naturalinquirer.org/UserFiles/File/ADAMS_S_PSTR%20(1).pdf Tallahatchie Experimental Forest
Bragg, Dr. Don C.Project Leader/Research Forester http://www.naturalinquirer.org/UserFiles/File/BRAGG_PSTR.pdf Crossett Experimental Forest
Ulyshen, Dr. MichaelResearch Entomologist http://www.naturalinquirer.org/UserFiles/File/ULYSHEN_PSTR.pdf Coweeta Experimental Forest
Horn, ScottEntomologist http://www.naturalinquirer.org/UserFiles/File/HORN_PSTR.pdf Scull Shoals Experimental Forest
Perry, Dr. Roger W.Wildlife Biologist http://www.naturalinquirer.org/UserFiles/File/PERRY_PSTR.pdf Alum Creek Experimental Forest
González, Dr. GrizelleSoil Ecologist http://www.naturalinquirer.org/UserFiles/File/ggonzalez.pdf Luquillo Experimental Forest
Lugo, Dr. ArielEcologist http://www.naturalinquirer.org/UserFiles/File/alugo.pdf Luquillo Experimental Forest
Heartsill Scalley, Dr. TamaraEcologist http://www.naturalinquirer.org/UserFiles/File/theartsill.pdf Luquillo Experimental Forest
Helmer, Dr. Eileen H.Ecologist http://www.naturalinquirer.org/UserFiles/File/ehelmer.pdf Luquillo Experimental Forest
Arendt, Dr. Wayne J.Research Ornithologist http://www.naturalinquirer.org/UserFiles/File/warendt.pdf Luquillo Experimental Forest
Gould, Dr. WilliamEcologist http://www.naturalinquirer.org/UserFiles/File/wgould.pdf Luquillo Experimental Forest
Wunderle, Dr. JosephWildlife Ecologist/ Conservation Biologist http://www.naturalinquirer.org/UserFiles/File/jwunderlejr.pdf Luquillo Experimental Forest
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