Just for Kids

Volunteers from the Childrens Forest plant trees to help with forest restoration

The 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.

Every Kid in the Park

Hey fourth graders! See America’s natural wonders and historic sites for free!

You and your family get free access to hundreds of parks, lands, and waters for an entire year.

This is for you! Explore ancient dwellings. See a waterfall taller than a building.

Stay close to home, or travel somewhere new. This year's the perfect time for an unforgettable outing.

Get passes, download our activity, or plan a life-changing field trip.

Discover the Forest  The More You Know, The More You Can Do.Just about everything we do has an impact on nature and the environment. And everything in nature impacts our lives. That’s why we all need to understand the world around us and know how to help preserve nature.  

Eat Smart Play Hard for kids Eat Smart. Play Hard. is about encouraging and teaching kids and adults to eat healthy and be physically active everyday.

Backyard Conservation Backyard Conservation shows you how conservation practices that are used on agricultural land across the country to conserve and improve natural resources can be adapted for use on the land around your home.

4-H (Head, Heart, Hands, and Health)-USA The 4-H program was developed so young people can enjoy university-based youth programs and projects for diverse interests. 4-H engages nearly seven million young people nationwide with exciting, hands-on learning adventures.

Gardening Gardening information provided by the Penn State Pointers.

George Washington Carver Coloring Book Kids and teens can find a coloring book honoring Dr. George Washington Carver.

Junior Ranger Programs Includes activity books in English and Spanish

Natural Inquirer The Natural Inquirer contains articles on scientific research conducted by scientists at USDA on nature, such as trees, forests, wildlife, insects, outdoor activities, and water.

NatureWatch NatureWatch is a partnership program of the U.S. Forest Service that provides nature viewing opportunities, encourages safe and sound viewing ethics and contributes to local economies.

Smokey Bear's Website Games, stories, and fun for kids of all ages


Woodsy Owl

Caring, 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--and there's so much more ahead.

Learning can be fun! Through educational activities and experiences Conservation Education (CE) helps people of all ages and backgrounds understand and appreciate our country's natural resources -- and learn how to conserve those resources for future generations.

Woodsy Owl's Website Activity guides and coloring sheets


National Children's Forest

This is the logo for the Southern California Mountains Foundation

The National Children’s Forest in Running Springs is a place where children learn how to become stewards of the land through education and opportunities.

Planes: Fire & Rescue Fire Activity Book

This shows Dusty from the Disney Planes Fire

Dusty and the other characters from Disney's Planes Fire & Rescue have joined the Forest Service and Smokey Bear to help teach fire prevention!

Smokey Bear/Woodsy Owl contest

Help your kids enter the Smokey Bear & Woodsy Owl Poster Contest Link opens in a new window

Smokey Bear - Coloring with Smokey's friends

Smokey Bear - Coloring with Smokey's friends Link opens in a new window

Smokey for Kids

Smokey for Kids Link opens in a new window



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    Passport in Time, Forest Service.

    The USDA Forest Service, Prince William Network and partners bring nature learning to you through our series of webcasts, webinars, and online education resources. No matter where you are in the world, visit our LIVE programs for exciting, on-site learning about bats, butterflies, climate change, wetlands, and more!