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


Learning Center

The Boise National Forest provides many learning opportunities and may be viewed as the ultimate 'learning center'.


Join us in 2015 when we celebrate Smokey's 71 birthday! 

Come and Celebrate Smokey's 70th Birthday







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Watch an important message from Smokey - CLICK HERE!




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




Kids Learn more about Smokey Bear HERE!







Explore Smokey's Outpost.

Watch a Fire Safety video with Smokey Bear! 

View and learn from Smokey Bear Videos!




Woodsey Owl for KidsHello! 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!




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.


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.






Just for Kids Photo


Hey Kids! The new 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!

Check out the link below to see what we have for you.  JUST FOR KIDS - Learning Center





Elk in spring




YouTube Videos to Enjoy:








Birds and Animals near Sagehen Reservior on the Emmett Ranger District!

A family appreciating the wonders of nature.

The benefits of family outings in the forest.



Stay Connected


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If you enjoy learning and participating in social media communications, the USDA Forest Service, offers you the opportunity to join Blog, Facebook, Flickr, Twitter and YouTube! Just click on the icons above and stay connected with us!


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

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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