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From identifying trees to knowing why leaves change colors, from the tree in your front yard to an entire forest of trees, the forestry 4-H project allows you to learn in depth about trees and the environments that they live in.  Forestry will introduce you to everything trees.Here's what you can do all year!

Ideas for Project Area Learning!

  • Identify the different parts of a tree and explain the function of each
  • Compare forest communities to neighborhoods that people live in to understand the roles of the variety of species living in a forest
  • Investigate the climates which different trees grow in
  • Explain photosynthesis
  • Identify and classify diseases that affect trees
  • Learn the correct conditions for starting a forest fire and how to prevent them
  • Use a dichotomous key to aid in identifying different types of trees 
  • Learn about products made from tees, recycling of these products and how to keep them a renewable resource
  • Explore tree improvement programs and the study of forest genetics

Share What You Learn with Others!


  • Start a community compost program.
  • Visit the Iowa Arboretum as a club trip.
  • Plant trees at a local school, park, community building, etc.  To learn more about planting trees and caring for trees click here.


  • Collect and recycle old phone books to reduce deforestation.
  • Organize a community-wide plant a tree day.
  • Help clean-up at a local forest or wildlife area.


  • Inform others about chain saw safety through a presentation.
  • Do a working exhibit teaching others how to make pine cone birdfeeders.
  • Present about the many ways forests are used for in the U.S. and around the world.

Exhibit Ideas

  • Create a notebook with many of the native and well-suited types of trees to use in your area
  • Can you identify local trees? Make a poster to help others learn
  • Develop a display or notebook on forest diseases
  • Design a streetscape or landscape that includes trees.  What types of trees would you use?
  • Make a flier to share how to prevent wildfires and hang it up in public areas.



Other Resources

  • Great Tree Hunt Activity
  • Iowa State University Tree ID- This website provides a key for Iowa tree identification, tree terms, how a tree grows, and Iowa Tree ID.
  • Forestry Extension- Tree care, maintenance, identification, planting and much more is provided by ISU Forestry Extension.
  • VTree ID- Tree identification provided by Virginia Tech helps search the tree database to see fact sheets about each species. 
  • Discover Forests- American Forests presents facts, recreation, and questions & answers on trees and forests.  Also, what their organization does to help the environment and trees.
  • Arbor Day Trees- Tree planting, care, pruning, identification, products and more all in one place available  through the Arbor Day Foundation.
  • Explore Forests- Forest fires, invasive species, and logging all affect our forests.  Explore how these affect the forest and what The Nature Conservancy is doing to keep these ecosystems healthy.