Forest Ecology Research Network

The Forest Ecology Research Network (FERN) combines the best of Project Learning Tree’s (PLT) curriculum with standard forest data collection protocols to provide community scientists with the tools they need to answer questions they have about the Maine Woods. 

Formerly known as the Forest Inventory Growth (FIG) program, FERN is a field-based, exploratory program connecting students, conservation organizations, and landowners to Maine forests.


We invite schools, land trusts, and environmental organizations to join us in our mission to educate young people about forests and to build a long term dataset for forestry professionals.

Connect learning in your classroom to the outdoors world and with natural resource professionals. By contributing data for one year, ten years, or more, will inform our collective understanding of how Maine’s forests are changing over time.