Learning Center

The Forest Service has long worked with the public to promote environmental conservation. Programs such as Every Kid Outdoors, It's All Yours, Smokey Bear, and Project Learning Tree get people outdoors. The Forest Service sees young people as its future.

Several kids with forest service guide

Nature & Science

Find information about wildlife, plants, research & geological resources at Nebraska National Forests & Grasslands.

A man plowing rows at Bessey Nursery in the early 20th centruy


The Nebraska National Forest began in 1902 as an experiment of two treeless tracts of Nebraska sandhills as “forest reserves."

A picture of a campfire site

Safety & Ethics

Learn guidelines & rules designed to protect the natural environment & ensure the safety of all visitors.

Frank Winter Hawk avatar with his horse

Just For Kids

The Nebraska National Forests and Grasslands are ready for you to explore! Learn how to be a Junior Ranger & more.
A group of elementary aged students on a field trip in the national forest

Parents & Teachers

Access a variety of environmental and conservation materials available to parents & teachers, 
Graphic: Every Kid In A Park pass

Every Kid Outdoors

Hey fourth graders, get your free Every Kid Outdoors pass!