Nature and Science
National Forests provide many opportunities to learn about nature and the science we use to understand the many ecosystems that make up a national forest.
History and Culture
Established in 1905, the Forest Service is an agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The Forest Service manages public lands in national forests and grasslands. Gifford Pinchot, the first Chief of the Forest Service, summed up the mission of the Forest Service— "to provide the greatest amount of good for the greatest amount of people in the long run.
Outdoor Safety and Ethics
As a visitor to the National Forest, you will find many opportunities to enjoy and explore nature’s creations. Our sites not only include the mighty timberlands, but hills, lakes, rivers, and the wildlife that inhabit the lands. These areas create great passageways for America’s highways, byways, and backroads leading to great recreation activities. However, because of the large territories that are covered by forest, many unforeseen dangers present unpredictable challenges for our visitors to have a safe visit.
Just For Kids
Hey kids! Here are some cool links we think you'll link. But be careful. Learning is contagious.
Parents and Teachers
The Forest Service is committed to connecting kids with nature and the outdoors by providing students, parents and teachers with youth-oriented information and resources related to natural resources and the environment. Our Agency wants to encourage more kids to go outdoors by having fun, being healthy and learning more about nature.