Educational Programs

The American Chestnut Foundation (TACF) is committed to providing educational opportunities to our nation's youth. Younger generations have heard stories about the chestnut tree from their parents and grandparents. Some even live on "Chestnut Street," but if asked about the relevance of the American chestnut tree, the vast majority would have no concept of the impact the loss of the tree had on our social and economic lives.


the legend

Kirby and Nicole, students of Poolesville High School Class of 2013, in Poolesville, MD wrote this children's book as part of their senior project for the Global Ecology Science Program. They hope to inform young readers on the importance of the environment, specifically the restoration of the American chestnut.

Download the book: The Legend of the American Chestnut Tree small

Read our interview with the authors in TACF's June e-newsletter!


The following initiatives are just two of the ways in which TACF is reaching out to educate our communities. Be sure to explore our additional American chestnut educational resources for all ages.

The American Chestnut Learning Box

The American Chestnut Learning Box is an educational tool developed by TACF volunteers that brings the story of the American chestnut to classrooms, nature centers, and civic groups in a tangible, thought-provoking way.

The Learning Box contains curriculum resources in printed form and accompanying CDs, as well as hands-on materials, including chestnut leaves, burs, and wood samples, and a series of photos, presentations, and posters that showcase the American chestnut before, during, and after the blight.


The Charlie Chestnut Environmental Education Program

Charlie Chestnut is TACF's in-class and online interdisciplinary curriculum, for grades three through six, designed to inspire students to learn more about the environment and about the American chestnut.

Developed by TACF, in cooperation with Knowledge Environments, and sponsored by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, the Charlie Chestnut Environmental Education Program integrates math, science, and social studies into a comprehensive and flexible curriculum of hands-on activities based upon the saga of the American chestnut tree.

Charlie Chestnut

Be sure to explore our additional American chestnut educational resources.