Bring the forest to your classroom with Forest in a Box. Forest in a Box- If I Were a Tree is a comprehensive resource package that provides activities and resources to support teachers to integrate forest education into their classrooms.

If I Were a Tree enables students to understand the role of trees in a forest and their connection and importance to supporting a forest system. The resource package explores trees, forests and how the living and non-living parts of a forest are connected.


Forest in a Box package includes:

  • Teacher Guide – Curriculum links, suggested activities and supporting materials
  • Teaching Resources – Forest specimens, magnifying glasses, books, songs, forest puppets, Tree Time Tasks and hands on teaching aids
  • Incursion led by FEF teachers to introduce the resource to students and teachers
  • Students identify the features of living and non-living things.
  • Students explore the basic needs of trees, forests and the living things that live among them.
  • Students explore the ways living things influence and rely on each other.
  • Students examine the parts of a tree/forest and the connections between living and non-living things.
  • Students identify how trees/forests can meet the needs of living things.
  • Students develop an understanding of the growth and change of a tree.
  • Students identify the different ways people use forest products in their daily life.
  • Students explore the ways that they can care for forest environments.


  • Observe external features of plants and animals and describe ways they can be grouped based on these features (AC9SFU01)
  • Identify the basic needs of plants and animals, including air, water, food or shelter, and describe how the places they live meet those needs (AC9S1U01)


  • The features of familiar places they belong to, why some places are special and how places can be looked after (AC9HSFK03)
  • The natural, managed and constructed features of local places, and their location (AC9HS1K03)
  • How places change and how they can be cared for by different groups including First Nations Australians (AC9HS1K04)


  • Explore how plants and animals are grown for food, clothing and shelter (AC9TDE2K03)
  • Identify how familiar products, services and environments are designed and produced by people to meet personal or local community needs and sustainability (AC9TDE2K01)

As part of the loan package, the FEF will provide an introductory incursion to classes interacting with the kit. This 60-90 minute session will help students and teachers to familiarise themselves with the kit, and includes hands-on, educational activities to support the learning program. 

Forest in a Box – If I were a Tree is a package of learning, including Professional Learning, Teacher Guide, Introductory incursion and support materials. The package is $100, which includes an incursion for up to 2 classes. Additional classes will be $50. 

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