K-12 Programs

The interpretive program at Pack Forest provides a number of opportunities for you or your group to learn about forest ecology, forest management and new ideas in forestry.

These opportunities range from self guided trails, and displays in our gatehouse, to a curriculum on forest ecology for elementary to middle school students.

For more information on these programs and to obtain brochures please call John Hayes at jhayes90@uw.edu.

Educational Brochures / Guides

What's in a Forest? A Walk in the Woods. From banana slugs to bigleaf maples, learn what components combine and interact to make a healthy forest ecosystem, and how forest managers use this system to manage forests for a variety of public benefits.

The Story of a Forest: An Adventure in Time Travel. Jump into a time machine to learn about the stages in a forest's life cycle, from a clearcut to a 65-year-old forest stand. Explore wildlife habitat and timber management strategies in each growth phase.

The Hugo Peak Challenge. Exercise your body and mind as you trek to the top of 1,740-foot high Hugo Peak; pretend to be a team of scientists searching for clues to piece together the story of a forest's ecological and management history.

Activities for School Classes

Hugo Peak Scavenger Hunts. Students learn observation skills in the forest, and explore components of a forest ecosystem. Grades: K - 7

Pack Forest Curriculum Guide: Where the River Meets the Forest: An Educator's Guide to the University of Washington's Pack Forest.

Self-Guided Trails at Pack Forest

Sustainable Forestry Trail. Learn how a forest is managed sustainably for a variety of benefits to society.
Length: 1/4 mile. Level of Difficulty: Easy.  

Managed Forest Trail. Learn about the stages in a forest's life cycle, from a clearcut to a 65-year-old forest stand. Explore wildlife habitat and timber management strategies in each growth phase. To reach the trailhead, proceed 1/2-mile fro the main office on Lathrop Drive North; turn left onto the 1020 Road, and proceed to the trailhead parking area.
Length: 1/4 mile. Level of Difficulty: Easy. 

Hugo Peak Trail. The Hugo Peak Trail Guide will narrate your hike to the 1,740-foot summit of Hugo Peak, introducing you to common plants and animals and forest management strategies along the way. Trail heads are located at the Gatehouse (at the main entrance to the forest) and at the SE corner of the ballfield in camp.
Length: 5 miles round trip    Level of Difficulty: Moderate - Difficult.

Trail of the Giants. Explore an old growth forest and learn about the disturbances that lead to these unique forest habitats. Trail head is located at Kirkland Pass.
Length: 1 mile round trip. Level of Difficulty: Easy

 

CSF-PF

Center for Sustainable Forestry
at Pack Forest
9010 453rd St. East
Eatonville, WA 98328
253.692.4160
www.packforest.org


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