The U.S. Forest Service is the federal agency that since 1905 has managed most of America's public forests and several million acres of public grasslands. During its long history it has faced many challenges in working with both nature and people.
The Greatest Good film was produced by the Forest Service in honor of its Centennial celebration in 2005 and provides an in-depth look at natural resource management during the 20th century. Using this film in a classroom offers an ideal way to introduce students to many related issues such as forest conservation, the role of fire in our society, wildlife protection, human impacts on the environment, and environmental decision-making in a democracy.
This guide offers K-12 educators suggestions for incorporating age-appropriate portions of the film and its bonus materials into the social studies, science, math, and civics classroom. There are also links to complementary activities and lessons from many different organizations.