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Forest Service holiday e-gift guide for everyone’s list

Posted by Tiffany Holloway

Office of Communication, US Forest Service

Heading into the final days of holiday shopping? Let the Forest Service be your e-gift guide.

The Forest Service manages 193 million acres of public lands on 155 national forests and 20 national grasslands in 44 states and Puerto Rico. Our lands are great places to make memories with family and friends. And these public lands are closer than you think.  Most Americans live within 200 miles of a national forest or grassland.

So, as you try to find those final perfect gifts, here are some ideas from the Forest Service. And all you need is a computer and a printer.

For the kids

“If you’re looking for that special something that harkens back to a childhood spent outdoors instead of inside in front of an electronic screen, try one of these stocking stuffers to help bring the family together and reconnect with nature,” said Andrea Bedell-Loucks, acting directorof the agency’s Conservation Education.

Forest Service patches

The Forest Service’s junior ranger programs help children
explore the outdoors while learning about safety.

Junior Forest Ranger: Help that special person qualify to become a Junior Forest Ranger by downloading the adventure guide and helping with the activities. It’s a fun way to keep the kids active during the break, and once they complete the activities they can send away for their Junior Forest Ranger pin and identification card.

Junior Snow Ranger: Depending on the region, help that special little person become a Junior Snow Ranger and learn the science and safety of being outdoors in the winter. Like the Junior Forest Ranger program, completion of activities qualifies them for a pin and identification card. A favorite activity is learning how to make a snow bubble.

Smokey Bear and Woodsy Owl

Smokey’s Story: When family and friends have left, and all of the gifts have been opened, this story can come in handy for a good night-time tale. Who wouldn’t want to read about a cute bear with a powerful message, “Only You Can Prevent Wildfires.” Smokey’s Story shows young children the importance of wildfire prevention through the life of Smokey Bear.


T is for take care of it: “Woodsy ABC’s” makes a great gift for younger children learning how to read and learn about conservation. The book also includes activities. Print at home or take to your favorite print shop.Woodsy Owl is the Forest Service symbol for conservation. He has his heart set on motivating kids to form healthy, lasting relationships with nature.


Natural Inquierer

Scientific stocking stuffers

Capture their imagination now with copies of the Natural Inquirer read by children around the world. These cards introduce young people to Forest Service scientists and what they do. Forest Service scientists are introduced through a series of free cards and posters.

Gifts for the family

“A recreation pass really is a gift that keeps on giving,” said Sarah LaPlante, assistant Recreation and Wilderness Program manager at the White Mountain National Forest  in New Hampshire. “Beyond encouraging your friends or family to get off the couch and explore the great outdoors, when you buy a pass from your favorite national forest 95 percent of the fees collected are reinvested locally to continue to improve your recreation experience.”


Glen Maki of Wofford Heights, Calif., took this photo of a
kayaker at the Seven Teacups on the Sequoia National
Forest. His photo took top prize in the National Park
Foundation’s 2012 Share the Experience photo contest.
The photo will grace the 2013 Interagency Pass, which is
the first time a national forest has been featured.

Interagency Annual Pass: The $80 annual pass, valid for 12 months, is honored at all Forest Service, National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service sites charging entrance or stand amenity fees.
Check with your local forest or grassland for additional fees at expanded recreation sites, such as campgrounds, highly developed boat launches and swimming areas, cabin or lookout rentals, or for services like hookups, dump stations, special tours, transportation systems and reservation services.

Native Bees

Join the Conversation about Native Bees is one of several posters available free from the Forest Service.

Wildflower posters
Wildflowers work hard, but their beauty makes for some great posters. From Celebrating Our Native Grasses to Bumblebees of the Eastern United States, there is a poster that could brighten up anyone’s day.  Print from your computer or take to your favorite print shop.

Multiply your maps
After buying a park pass, you’ll need a handy dandy map. Buy a map from the National Forest Store to help navigate your way through your favorite forest or grassland.

Forest Service Certificate
Forest Service 'Gift Certificate'

Print our special gift certificate promising your loved ones or friends that you will spend time on a national forest or grassland. There are plenty of places and activities from which to choose. It’s a priceless gift. Some recreation fees may apply, so check your local forest or grassland.

Special gifts
“Tree-planting on our national forests is a contribution that lasts a lifetime,” said Wes Swaffar, National Forest Foundation Ecosystem Services program manager. “Your gift will support important reforestation efforts that will heal watersheds, sequester carbon dioxide and provide wildlife habitat. Most importantly, you will be leaving a legacy for the future.”

National Forest Foundation

The National Forest Foundation,
founded by Congress in 1991, is the
nonprofit partner of the Forest Service.

Donate your dollars
Have a tree planted in someone’s honor or establish a memorial or commemorative gift. Your support will help the National Forest Foundation care for our treasured national forests and grasslands.

Passport in Time

Donate your time
Passport in Time is the agency’s volunteer archeology and historic preservation program. Volunteers work with Forest Service archaeologists and historians on diverse activities such as an archaeological survey and excavation, rock art restoration, archival research, historic structure restoration, oral history gathering, and analysis and curation of artifacts. Talk to your family and friends, find a project, and sign up.


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Last modified March 29, 2013

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