Just for Kids

Forest Service Kids

Discover the ForestThe Forest Service is committed to connecting kids with nature and the outdoors by providing students, parents and teachers with youth-oriented information and resources related to natural resources and the environment. Our Agency wants to encourage more kids to go outdoors by having fun, being healthy and learning more about nature. This can instill kids to create an awareness of the value of public lands, seek careers in natural resources and land management as well as enthusiastically participate in physical activities. The online resources below will help them in the process.





Kids4treesKids4Trees is a national participating partner with the USDA Forest Service, and international partner with the World Olympians Association, to present forest education and tree-planting events in national forests and urban/rural schools for 6-12 year-old students and Scouts.






Smokey Bear

smokey bearThe Cooperative Forest Fire Prevention (CFFP) Program, commonly known as the Smokey Bear Progam, was created to maintain public awareness of the need to prevent human caused wildfires. It is managed by the US Forest Service in cooperation with the Advertising Council, Inc. and the National Association of State Foresters (NASF).

To learn more about Smokey Bear visit his website at www.smokeybear.com.


Woodsy Owl

woodsy owlCaring, friendly, and wise, Woodsy Owl is a whimsical fellow and he's got his heart set on motivating kids to form healthy, lasting relationships with nature. As Woodsy flies across our land, he encourages youngsters to marvel at and explore the natural world, even in the city. His motto "Lend a Hand - Care for the Land!" encourages everyone to make a positive difference in their world.

The Forest Service is introducing children to this fanciful creature. Woodsy is coming to you with simple, hands-on land stewardship activities. 

Woodsy would love to be a part of your school or after-school curriculum. To arrange to have Woodsy visit your school, contact your Helen Tarbet at the Santa Lucia Ranger District office in Santa Maria: (805) 925-9538 or email: htarbet@fs.fed.us