Lesson Plans and Class Materials
A short pamphlet designed for 4H middle school students. It contains information about the American chestnut tree, a children’s story and other information.
Students will study how biotechnology is being used to develop a blight resistant tree. They will engage in hands-on activities that have students apply their knowledge of DNA and genetics to simulate the steps needed to find the genes for resistance and insert them into an American Chestnut tree. Lessons are designed to be used for any level of Biology student and do not require high tech equipment.
Download the teacher’s manual for the Chestnut Tree Lab. Loaner Lab kits made available to Maryland schools at no cost. A model for a national package to meet technology SOLs along with teaching chestnut science
A great resource for classroom use, with good photos and basic information along with an introduction to some advanced scientific work.
This four-page, full-color publication tells the history of American Chestnut, the blight that wiped it out, and research on blight resistant chestnut trees. It is part of an educational series for youth (2004).
Games for Kids
Fun games kids can play while learning about the American chestnut. Downloadable pdf files.
Created by Pennsylvania Chapter volunteer Doris Goldman.
Information for Chestnut Growers
Everything a chestnut grower needs to know and much more, including back issues of the TACF Journal and other publications in pdf format.
The Bur — The Virginia Chapter’s Newsletter
The Bur is the Virginia Chapter of TACF’s newsletter. You can download color copies of the newsletter in pdf format here.
Chestnut Breeding and Science Resources
An 18 minute video that tells the story of the chestnut and TACF, documents controlled pollination and shows the basics of hypovirulence.