The weir at the base of an experimental
Here you will find online
resources to help you teach your middle or high school students about the Hubbard
Brook Experimental Forest (HBEF).
1) Student's homepage
The following activities were designed to introduce students to the HBEF. Visit
the Student's homepage for more information.
have also developed handouts to accompany the Student Introduction & Tour. The handouts have questions of varying length and difficulty, and
could be used as classroom or homework assignments.
here to see how the student activities meet various New Hampshire and National Science
2) Classroom Activities
We have developed a series of activities for you to download and use in your schoolyard, laboratory, or classroom. These activities are related to the science and research conducted at the HBEF, and contain actual data, protocols similar to those used here, and suggestions for research projects. Topics include an introduction, a watershed deforestation experiment, and forest ecology.
Click here to access the activities.
3) Long-Term Ecological Research: Teacher's Manual of Activities
may also be interested in the recently-developed Long-Term Ecological Research
(LTER) Teacher's Manual of Classroom activities. The activities in this Manual
introduce high school students to the National Science Foundation's LTER program
and the variety of research being conducted at LTER sites.
activities also are designed to teach basic ecological principles and inquiry
skills, and to make students aware of the value of long-term research as a basis
for conservation management and regional planning decisions. The HBEF is an LTER site, and Activity 3 (of 6) is centered around
HBEF research and actual data. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view the manual.
The Forest Service staff routinely give tours of the HBEF to visitors and school groups. Tours typically include an introductory slide show, followed by a trip through the experimental forest. The slide show explains the history, research, and watershed experiments at the HBEF, and the tour generally proceeds through these watersheds and related facilities.
The tour can be geared towards specific interests of the visitors (e.g., hydrology, forest managment, acid rain, etc.), and is flexible with respect to the age and education level of groups. For more information, contact Amey Bailey, Ian Halm, or Ralph Perron at 603-726-8902.