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I adore a good walk in the woods and feel so privileged to live on the edge of parkland so we can enjoy walks in the woods any season just by walking about the door. There are so many things to discover in a forest. I thought it would be an enjoyable quest to learn about “the forest”. There are so many, join me to find out more.
Identify & Map the Types of Forest Around the United States
Do you know how much of the U.S. is forested? What kind of forests are located in the U.S.?
- This map from the USDA Forestry Service, details the types of trees in the various regions oft the United States along with the history and conversation of forests.
- Check out this map list which shows where specific species of trees are located.
- Temperate Deciduous Forests & Temperate Coniferous Forests are the two main categories of forest in the continental US.
- Identify, using the online maps linked above, the various forests around the United States and make a forest map. Don’t forget to make a key so you know which forest is where.
Map Forest Types Around the World
Information on forest types is available with a simple web search. In addition, you may find that information in a world atlas.
- Make a color and keyed map displaying the location and type of forests around the world.
- You might like focusing on forests by continent rather than using a world map so that you can get the details on the map more easily.
- Note the climate of a region and how it relates to the forests. Does climate affect the types of trees which grow? Are there places without trees?
Resources for Exploring Forests
- Woods Walk: Peepers, porcupines & exploding puffballs! What you’ll see, hear & smell when exploring the woods. This book takes you through the four seasons in both eastern and western forests.
- Eastern Forests (Peterson Field Guide)- This will take you through the sights and sounds of the forest on the east coast of North America.
- A Field Guide to Eastern Trees- this one focuses on the trees in the eastern US.
- A Field Guide to Western Trees- handy for trees found in the western US.
- A Field Guide to Rocky Mountain & Southwest Forests- I would need this to find my way around anything but the forests I’m used to in the East!
- A Field Guide to California & Pacific Northwest Forests- I would love to see some of the native species found here like redwoods.
Thank you for joining me these last ten days for the Autumn 2013 Hopscotch from iHN. I still have one more post in the series on the way. Stay tuned!