Just for Kids

Hey, Kids!  Check us out...The Nebraska National Forests and Grasslands are ready for you to explore. Get inspired to visit a park or forest near you. Learn why it's important for children's health and well being to get outdoors:

Become a Junior Forest Ranger!

Frank Winter Hawk avatar with his horseThe Junior Forest Ranger program is an exciting "hands on" way for young people to explore their national forests and grasslands. The Junior Forest Ranger program uses Forest Service science and activities to encourage children 7 through 13 to enjoy and appreciate nature.

The program aims to motivate children to explore the natural and cultural world, and embrace their responsibility to it. Download one of our four Junior Ranger booklets before your visit, or pick one up at our ranger district offices!


Visit Hudson-Meng Education and Research Center

Young girl hunting for fossils at Hudson-MengA visit to Hudson-Meng Education and Research Center is a visit to a modern archeological excavation in progress. Interpretive exhibits and guided tours help you to understand why this is such an important discovery, and encourage you to develop your own theories about what happened to the bison.

The site is located in the shadow of Nebraska's Pine Ridge, overlooking the Oglala and Buffalo Gap National Grasslands and north to the Black Hills of South Dakota. And it's only a few miles to the moonscape of Toadstool Geologic Park. Be sure to bring your camera as well as your curiosity!


Take the Smokey Bear Pledge

Smokey Bear Mask

Smokey Bear has been a member of our families since 1944. The purpose of the Smokey Program is to create and maintain public awareness, through the image of Smokey Bear, about the need to prevent unplanned, human-caused wildland fires.  

Take the Smokey Bear Pledge and show your committment to wildfire prevention.  


Discover the Forest

Learn more about the forests & grasslands and all that they have to offer!