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Accomplishment Reporting

Children hiking along Alaska boardwalk

Across the Forest Service, dedicated FS employees and their partners conduct a diverse range of programs that help children and their families learn about the nation's forests and grasslands. For more than one hundred years, we have been providing interpretive services, ranger talks, summer outdoor work opportunities, and educational programs like Smokey Bear and Woodsy Owl.

Last year, more than 8.1 million people were reached through our programs and those with our partners.

NICE Database - Enter Your Projects; Search for Projects

The NatureWatch, Interpretation and Conservation Education (NICE) System is the primary way in which the Forest Service tracks and monitors educational and outreach activities across the nation. This online, searchable database of programs is a terrific clearinghouse for finding programs and resources that connect children and others with nature. Program reports include descriptions, goals and objects, budget, audience numbers and demographics.  It can also include pictures and reports. Most items are searchable.

Enter Projects in the NICE Database:

Forest Service employees and their partners, are strongly encouraged to enter their educational and outreach programs and activities. To enter programs into the database, employees use your LincPass or e-Authentication information to get into the system and then register.  If you are a partner, contact your Regional CE Coordinator to get initial instructions. The database features a user-friendly internet interface, and is supported by a manual and a recorded webinar that provides clear and concise instructions on data entry.