Smokey Bear's 80th Birthday Celebration!

Smokey Bear's 80th Birthday Celebration logo

Smokey's Birthday is August 9th, 2024! 

The Nebraska National Forest and Grasslands is hosting a coloring contest for students to participate in the celebration!  Winning Artists will be awarded a tree from our own Bessey Nursery to plant at their home. 

The competition will be open to all students in the Nebraska National Forest and Grasslands area, and will be judged based on age ranges: 

  • Ages 3-6

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    Smokey Bear coloring page by Thomas Wimberly

  • Ages 7-11

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    Smokey Bear coloring page by Muhammad Holidin

  • Ages 12-15

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    Smokey Bear coloring page by Jesus Velasquez

Each coloring sheet must be colored by the student with no outside assistance. Coloring sheets will not be returned. Paint, markers, crayons, or colored pencils are all acceptable mediums. Digitally altered submissions will not be considered. 

All coloring pages must be submitted either in person to a Nabraska National Forest and Grasslands office, by email, SM.FS.nnf_info@usda.gov, or sent to this address:

Smokey Bear Coloring Contest c/o
Supervisor's Office
125 N. Main Street
Chadron, NE 69337

Important Dates

  • May 1- Contest begins, coloring sheets distributed and available for download.
  • May-July – All completed coloring sheets must be received by July 31.
  • Coloring sheets postmarked by July 31 will be accepted.
  • Make sure your name is legible, include your school, and a contact email.
  • August – Winners are announced and contacted.

While you color, learn about campfire safety, preventing wildlfires, and Smokey's story to enjoy a safe and fun summer!

Smokey's Public Appearances

Appearances may be interrupted should staffing needs change due to wildfire management. 

Date (2024)

Event

Location

May 2

Students from Burwell, NE field trip to the Bessey Recreation Complex

Bessey Ranger District, Halsey, NE

May 3

Smokey will greet students from Mullen, NE field trip to the Bessey Recreation Complex

Bessey Ranger District, Halsey, NE

May 13

Smokey will greet students from Stapleton & Halsey, NE field trip to the Bessey Recreation Complex

Bessey Ranger District, Halsey, NE

May 22

Smokey visits the Broken Bow Public Library

Broken Bow, NE Public Library

May 25

Smokey visits the Chadron Public Library

Chadron, NE Public Library

June 5 Smokey visits Harrison Public Library Harrison, NE
June 13 Smokey visits Crawford Public Library (1pm-2pm)
Smokey is in the Fur Trader Days parade, then walks about in the Traders Market
Crawford, NE
Chadron, NE
July 4 Smokey participates in Fort Pierre July Fourth parade 
Smokey participates in Crawford's July Fourth parade
Fort Pierre, SD
Crawford, NE
July 28 - August 5 Dawes County Fair (exact date and time not yet set) Chadron, NE
August 1-3 (tentative) Smokey Bear Celebrates his Birthday at Bessey Recreation Complex Bessey Ranger District, Halsey, NE