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Connecting Kids to Nature

Discover the Forest Campaign

In partnership with the Ad Council, the Discover the Forest Campaign is our flagship effort to connect children and families with the outdoors including our public lands.

National Symbols Cache

We develop and deliver high-quality educational products, featuring the congressionally-mandated national icons Smokey Bear and Woodsy Owl, to promote and support wildfire prevention and conservation.

FS Naturelive

We take learning directly to citizens through FSNatureLive, a series of webcasts, webinars, and online education resources. In partnership with the Prince William Network, our program works collaboratively with other USDA Forest Service staff areas and National Forests and Grasslands to develop and promote conservation education among children and adults.

The National Conservation Education Program promotes shared stewardship by working with partners and States to coordinate development and delivery of high-quality, science-based education about forests, grasslands, and related natural resources to pre-kindergarten through 12th grade students, their educators, and their families in both formal and non-formal settings.

Our program is delivered with a focus on customer service and on enhancing and improving access to America’s National Forests and Grasslands. Through our Conservation Education Programs, the USDA Forest Service connects an average of more than twelve million people each year with nature and public lands.

Our staff is involved in developing educational tools, products, and experiences for students, teachers, families, and communities. Programs are delivered by a network of land managers, scientists, educators, and interpreters representing all branches of the agency, and are supported by extensive partnerships with nongovernmental organizations, State, Tribal, and local agencies, and educational institutions.

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