Wilderness

Learn more about wilderness benefits, wilderness protection and preservation, wilderness recreation, and more with a variety of Natural Inquirer resources. Browse by topic, grade band, and resource type.

  • Woodsy Owl, Nature Educator (K-2)

    Forests & Plants
    PDF preview of the Woodsy Owl card for K-2 showing Woodsy examining a caterpillar with a magnifying glass
    • Nature Educator
    • I teach people to learn, enjoy, and care about our lands. I want people to explore nature. Nature is everywhere! Find it in a forest. Find it in a park. Nature is right outside your home!
    • This collector card is specially made for younger students (K-2).
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    Great Outdoors LIVE: A Distance Learning Adventure from Shoshone National Forest

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    Natural Inquirer in the High School Classroom

  • The Sample Pack contains one copy of 10 editions/monographs published in English. You may also choose to order a Sample…

    Sample Pack

  • Ted Weller, Ecologist

    Forests & PlantsWildlife
    Front cover of Ted Weller Collector Card
    • M.S., Humboldt State University
    • USDA Forest Service Scientist
    • An ecologist studies the interaction between animals, their environment, and the weather.  In my work, I study how those interactions change among seasons.
  • E. Ashley Steel, Quantitative Ecologist

    Forests & PlantsWaterWildlife
    Front cover of Dr. E. Ashley Steel Collector Card
    • Ph.D., University of Washington-Seattle
    • USDA Forest Service Scientist
    • A quantitative ecologist uses mathematical skills and ideas to better understand forests, rivers, oceans, fish, wildlife, climate, and more.
  • Ms. Yvette Ortega, Ecologist

    Forests & PlantsWildlife
    Front cover of Ms. Yvette Ortega Collector Card
    • University of California, Berkeley
    • USDA Forest Service Scientist
    • An ecologist studies how plants, animals, and nature’s forces interact.
  • Dede Olson, Research Ecologist

    Forests & PlantsWildlife
    Front cover of Dr. Dede Olson Collector Card
    • Oregon State University
    • USDA Forest Service Scientist
    • I study potential threats to animal populations, especially amphibians and reptiles, including disease and habitat alteration from forest management.  I also study general ecology such as species distributions, habitat associations, movements, and breeding.
  • Kevin McKelvey, Ecologist

    Forests & PlantsWildlife
    Front cover of Dr. Kevin McKelvey Collector card
    • University of Florida
    • USDA Forest Service Scientist
    • Ecology is the study of interactions between organisms and their environment.  I primarily study animals.
  • Steve Matthews, Wildlife Landscape Ecologist

    Forests & PlantsWildlife
    Front cover of Dr. Steve Matthews Collector Card
    • Ph.D., Ohio State University
    • USDA Forest Service Scientist
    • A landscape ecologist studies how different land uses influence and shape ecological communities.  I am particularly interested in how birds and forests respond to a changing environment.