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Publication #CIR 1270

Give Forests a Hand Leader Guide1

Alison Bowers, Janice Easton, Martha C. Monroe, and Lizzie Peme2

"Give Forests a Hand" is a community service learning program that engages groups of youth in explorations and action projects based on trees and forests. This Leader Guide provides adult leaders and teachers with background and facilitation advice as they help youth identify, plan and conduct an action project. The booklet is 70 pages. In addition to background on each of the eight steps, it includes an activity bank and a list of resources that can be used to assist in an action project. Reflection questions at each step help leaders contemplate what is working and what could be changed to facilitate the process.

The Youth Action Guide for Give Forests a Hand is available at CIR1269/FR117.

Note: CIR 1270/FR118 is available in Portable Document Format (pdf) only. It can be obtained as a single pdf by clicking on the "Printer Friendly Version" link above (file size= 2.15MB).



This document is CIR 1270, one of a series of the School of Forest Resources and Conservation, florida Cooperative Extension Service, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida. First published May 2002. Minor revision September 2006. Reviewed September 2009 and March 2013. Please visit the EDIS Wwebsite at


Alison Bowers, Janice Easton, and Lizzie Peme are former graduate students and Martha C. Monroe, Assistant Professor, School of Forest Resources and Conservation, Florida Cooperative Extension Service, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 32611.

The Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) is an Equal Opportunity Institution authorized to provide research, educational information and other services only to individuals and institutions that function with non-discrimination with respect to race, creed, color, religion, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, political opinions or affiliations. For more information on obtaining other UF/IFAS Extension publications, contact your county's UF/IFAS Extension office.

U.S. Department of Agriculture, UF/IFAS Extension Service, University of Florida, IFAS, Florida A & M University Cooperative Extension Program, and Boards of County Commissioners Cooperating. Nick T. Place, dean for UF/IFAS Extension.