A variety of materials and programs are available for you to use in the classroom or outdoors, to engage kids in learning more about forest environments. Educational trunks, environmental education curriculum, DVD’s on selected topics, Smokey Bear and Woodsy Owl visits, field trip ideas, and opportunities for guest speakers are a few of the available resources through Flathead National Forest.
Smokey Bear or Woodsy Owl can visit your classroom or youth group gathering and bring along a Forest Service friend to lead an interactive fire education or Leave No Trace program – for grades PreK through third. Educational materials and ideas are available through the Smokey Bear and Woodsy Owl web sites.
Each year over 1,000 local 5th graders participate in the Family Forestry Expo held the first full week of May. Families take part in expo activities over the weekend. The event provides hands-on exposure to the role forests play in our everyday lives.