The Boise National Forest is located in central Idaho.
Where is this Forest?


Learning Center

The Boise National Forest provides many learning opportunities and here are just a few!


Pollinators Photo


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.


Smokey Celebrates His 65th Birthday with Friends


(Photo of Ellen Dunlap and Smokey Bear - Our Boise NF Heroes.)


Explore Smokey's Outpost.

photo of inside of Smokey Bear cabin


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!

Woodsey Owl for Kids


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!

Ponderosa Pine Teee


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!


A poster covered in square photos of wildflowers with common names


View and Print Poster  Wild Treasures:

Common Wildflowers of the Boise National Forest

by Boise NF Botanist Kay Beall.



It's all about Kids!

Just for Kids Photo


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!

Elk in spring


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




Nature's Notes from Yellow Pine

White-crowned Sparrow

Yellow Pine residents share a look at birds, wildlife, flowers and much more. Surrounded by the Cascade Ranger District, the community of Yellow Pine is a great place to see the beauty and experience the wonder of the Forest.

Conservation Education

Conservation Education Photo
Mission Statement:  To connect people to the land, by providing them with the tools they need to take informed actions related to sustaining natural and cultural resources.


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Guide to Wildflowers

Balsamorhiza 1

Look these wildflowers within the Boise National Forest.

Guide to Trees

Ponderosa Pine Tree

Look for these trees on your next walk in the Forest.


Idaho Fish and Game - Windows to Wildlife

A coyote searching for food; © Nick Kiriazis (

Surviving Winter's Challenges by Edna Vizgirdas Forest Botanist, Boise National Forest