Education & Outreach
Children all over the United States are often more knowledgeable about tropical rainforests and other distant habitats than those in their own backyards – even for an ecosystem like longleaf pine, which is as rich in plants and animals as most tropical rainforests and equally in peril.
The study of the longleaf pine ecosystem presents an opportunity to understand important biological concepts, the cultural history and modern conservation issues of a large portion of the southeastern United States. Environmental education is a powerful tool we can use to raise awareness, increase engagement, and grow a love for longleaf across the range.
The Longleaf Alliance’s educational series, Learning with Longleaf, highlights the natural and cultural history of longleaf pine ecosystems. Illustrations by Patrick Elliott accompany each topic and double as coloring sheets.
More educational resources from The Alliance:
Longleaf Ecosystem Print - This large-scale, ecosystem level drawing, illustrated by Patrick Elliott of Tallahassee, FL, depicts many of the plants and animals found in the longleaf pine forest and includes a black and white coded key. Teacher set is available for purchase - see our merchandise page for details.
Kingdom of Longleaf - This picture book introduces young readers (ages 8-13) to longleaf ecosystem through professional photography. See our merchandise page to purchase.
Burner Bob® - Longleaf pine's prescribed fire advocate and mascot.
Other suggested children books:
Longleaf by Roger Reid
Longneedle by Ann Runyon
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