The Boise National Forest provides many learning opportunities and here are just a few!
It's all about Smokey Bear!
Join us in 2016 when we celebrate Smokey's 72 birthday!
One Less Spark - Videos by Honorary Forest Ranger Betty White:
"One Less Spark, One Less Wildfire"
video 1 - 30 seconds.
video 2 - 1 min.
(Photo of Ellen Dunlap and Smokey Bear - Our Boise NF Heroes.)
Watch a Fire Safety video with Smokey Bear!
View and learn from Smokey Bear Videos!
Kids Learn more about - Smokey Bear at his official site!
It's all about Woodsy!
Hello! I’m Woodsy Owl. I hope you will join me to learn how to “Lend a Hand — Care for the Land!” Do you know what that means?
It means that if we all work together, the Earth will have clean air and water and will be a healthy place to live for trees and plants, fish, animals and birds like me!
Oh, and it also means it will be clean for you, too!
So, let’s get started!
It's all about Trees!
Learn More About the Trees in the Idaho Forest!
With its lofty elevations, favorable climate, and four distinct seasons, Idaho is the perfect home for "softwood" trees.
Softwoods have needles instead of the broad leaves found on hardwood trees such as cherry, walnut, and oak. Softwoods are also known as "conifers" or cone-bearing trees because they reproduce using seed containers called cones.
Softwood lumber is lightweight and flexible, yet strong and easy to saw, plane, and nail. These properties make it ideal for home construction, and its long, strong fibers make excellent paper products.
People sometimes use the words "pine trees" when referring to softwoods. While the Idaho softwood forest contains some species of pine (ponderosa pine, lodgepole pine, and western white pine -- Idaho's state tree), it also is home to hemlock, western larch, western red cedar, Engelmann spruce, Douglas-fir, subalpine fir, and grand fir. Learn more about the trees of Idaho forests with the
Idaho Forest Products Commission.
It's all about Wild Treasures!
View and Print Poster Wild Treasures:
Common Wildflowers of the Boise National Forest
by Boise NF Botanist Kay Beall.
It's all about Kids!
Hey Kids! The USDA Forest Service Web site has some great information and fun things for you to do.
Learn more about our National Forests and Grasslands with puzzles, coloring pages, and fun activities!
View what we have for you. JUST FOR KIDS - Learning Center
It's all about Learning through Videos!
The Wonders of Nature
Birds and Animals near Sagehen Reservoir on the Emmett Ranger District!
A Family Appreciating the Wonders of Nature.
The Benefits of Family Outings in the Forest.
Traveling to the Forest in the Fall
Taking Our Family to the Forest in the Fall 1:57min
Being Outside in the Fall with our Family 1:55min
Hunting on the Forest :54
When You Visit the Woods, Please Take Time to be Considerate of Your Neighbor
Trail Etiquette Tips for Trail Users on the National Forest 1:19
Trail Etiquette for Hikers, Bikers, and Horse Riders on the National Forest 1:26
Motorcycle Dirt Bike Trail Etiquette on the National Forest 1:07