The Tongass National Forest is located in the panhandle of Alaska.
Where is this Forest?


Just for Kids

The Tongass is a Children’s Forest!

Photo of girl scouts KMRD wilderness access activity

As of July 2011, the Tongass National Forest has become the largest National Forest committed to serving youth and providing opportunities for youth to be involved with stewardship, conservation education, and having fun in the out of doors.  Imagine a coastal rainforest, wet, mossy, teeming with life, and –intact.  Pull on your rubber boots, we are going on a hike-to get to know the Tongass!


Tongass Children's Forest Interactive Map

We've got a brand new interactive map, check it out and see what the kids who call the Tongass National Forest home are up to.

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Partners Make the World Go ‘Round

One of the strongest links in the Children’s Forest are the links between partners and the 8 Ranger Districts. Currently the Tongass Children’s Forest boasts 10 partners that have provided philosophical and fiscal support for projects. Our partners help us incubate our ideas and they help us make our ideas reality.   Without partners  our citizen science would not get off the ground,  boardwalks and bridges would not be built, and a great many youth would never step foot on public land.  Thanks, partners, you make the World Go ‘Round!

Calling all 4th Graders! Get your FREE Every Kid In A Park pass today!

The new Every Kid in a Park program begins September 1 and goes through August 2017.

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Mission Statement








A Children’s Forest provides a place where:

  • Youth can participate in stewardship, research and education projects to develop skills in communications, leadership, and problem solving;
  • Youth and families can participate in programs to learn how to explore a forest setting.
  • Young people are provided opportunities to participate in projects that integrate social, economic, educational, and environmental dimensions in order that they may be future stewards and decision makers for the earth’s shared resources.


Partner Biographies


A Children’s Forest values its partners at many levels.  Partners connect us with our communities, share common mentoring of youth, and make the experiences of youth in the outdoors that much richer.