Educational Materials

Lesson Plans and Class Materials

The American Chestnut Tree Story

A short pamphlet designed for 4H middle school students.  It contains information about the American chestnut tree, a children’s story and other information.

Lesson Plans by Shelley Casey – NSF Kenan Fellows Program at NCSU

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.

American Chestnut Loaner Lab (University of Maryland Biotechnology Institute and Towson University)

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

Issue 11 Compass Magazine

A great resource for classroom use, with good photos and basic information along with an introduction to some advanced scientific work.

From the Woods – Chestnut Brochure

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.

Charlie Chestnut Workbook Labels

Doris Goldman Coloring Book

Created by Pennsylvania Chapter volunteer Doris Goldman.

Information for Chestnut Growers

Penn State Chestnut Growers Website

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

The American Chestnut video by Thomas Nassif

An 18 minute video that tells the story of the chestnut and TACF, documents controlled pollination and shows the basics of hypovirulence.

The American Chestnut Foundation