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Give Forests a Hand Youth Action Guide

Janice Easton, Alison W. Bowers, and Martha C. Monroe


"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. The entire booklet is a 105 page project book for youth. It describes an eight-step process that guides youth through problem identification, the search for more information, prioritizing activities, selecting a project, planning that project, implementing the action, and finally celebrating success. The booklet includes four surveys for different types of forests: school forests, community forests, neighborhood trees, and rural forests that guide youth toward potential questions, concerns and opportunities for action projects. Reflection questions at each step of the process help youth think about the skills they are building and the information they are learning. A companion Leader Guide can be found at CIR 1270/FR118.

Note: CIR 1269/FR117 is available in Portable Document Format (pdf) only (file size = 9.28MB). Click here to view the pdf.

Publication #CIR 1269

Release Date:March 5, 2019

Reviewed At:June 16, 2022

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Monroe, Martha C.


University of Florida

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About this Publication

This document is CIR 1269, one of a series of the School of Forest, Fisheries, and Geomatics Sciences, UF/IFAS Extension. Original publication date July 2002. Revised September 2006. Visit the EDIS website at for the currently supported version of this publication.

About the Authors

Janice Easton and Alison W. Bowers, former graduate students; and Martha C. Monroe, professor, School of Forest, Fisheries, and Geomatics Sciences; UF/IFAS Extension, Gainesville, FL 32611.


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