More Kids in the Woods

The Forest Service has a long and proud tradition of reaching out to Americans on behalf of conservation. From Smokey Bear, to NatureWatch, to Project Learning Tree, the Forest Service has worked across programs and disciplines to integrate conservation education into much of what we do. But we must do more. If we are to meet the conservation challenges of the 21st century, then we must spread environmental literacy across America, focusing first and foremost on kids.

Through a challenge cost-share program called “More Kids in the Woods,” the Forest Service is contributing to a growing national movement to bring kids to nature—and nature to kids. The successful projects focus on building partnerships, getting kids outside, enhancing environmental literacy, and tackling service-learning projects. In 2007 and 2008, the Forest Service provided more than $1,000,000 of support -- matched at least by an equal amount of partner contributions. Go to a list of 2008 selected projects »