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
  • Professional Learning
  • 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.


  • Living things have basic needs, including food and water (ACSSU002)
  • Living things have a variety of external features (ACSSU017)
  • Living things live in different places where their needs are met (ACSSU211)
  • Living things grow, change and have offspring similar to themselves (ACSSU030)
  • Earth’s resources are used in a variety of ways (ACSSU032)
  • Science involves observing, asking questions about, and describing changes in, objects and events (ACSHE021/ACSHE034)
  • People use science in their daily lives, including when caring for their environment and living things (ACSHE022/ACSHE035)


  • The natural, managed and constructed features of places, their location, how they change and how they can be cared for (ACHASSK031)


  • Explore the characteristics and properties of materials and components that are used to produce designed solutions (ACTDEK004)

The Forest in a Box – If I were a Tree is a package of learning, including Professional Learning, Teacher Guide and Support Materials. The package is free of charge, with a loan period of 4-5 weeks, if participating in an FEF excursion. Find out more.

To support the integration of the Forest in a Box – If I Were a Tree package, teachers are provided a Professional Learning experience, outlining the learning outcomes, curriculum links and planning the integration of the kit.

Content includes:

  • Introduction the Forest Education Foundation Educational Goals
  • Explore environmental education models and how to scaffold forest literacy in the classroom

If I Were a Tree kit introduction

  • The learning outcomes and goals
  • Connecting the kit to the Tasmanian Forest Literacy Plan – Conceptual framework Questions
  • Explore Curriculum links
  • The kit – how it works/ suggested activities/ structure
  • Integration strategies and approaches (discuss/plan)

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